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Wanna see some good movies in ice theater? Inari in Finland is your destination!

Christian Fernsby ▼ | January 24, 2020
Skábmagovat Indigenous Peoples’ Film Festival takes place in Inari from 23rd to 26th January 2020.
Northern Lights Theater
Finland   Northern Lights Theater is completely made of snow and ice
The village of Inari is the center of Sami area of Finland.

Inari is a bilingual municipality, the spoken languages are Finnish, Northern Sámi, Inari Sámi and Skolt Sámi. About 700 people live in the village of Inari, which is located on the shore of Lake Inari.

Skábmagovat is the event for indigenous movies, unforgettable movie experiences and a meeting place for different people and cultures.

Indigenous films are screened in three theaters from dawn to dusk under endless night and northern lights. During the festival, movies are enjoyed in three locations; Sámi Museum and Nature Centre Siida, Sámi Cultural Centre Sajos and the Northern Lights Theater built for the festival.

The Northern Lights Theater is one of the most important trademarks of the Skábmagovat festival, and no wonder; coldest show in Skábmagovat history has been at extreme temperature of -40 degrees Celsius.

Northern Lights Theater is completely made of snow and ice. Theater is located in Siida’s Open Air Museum. Area is historically valuable and it’s protected under the Antiquities Act.

The festival is organised by association called Friends of Sami art in collaboration with The Sámi Museum and Nature Centre Siida and Sámi Cultural Centre.

Skábmagovat Indigenous Film Festival is the oldest Sámi film festival in the world and organised for the 22nd time in 2020. That makes it one of the oldest indigenous peoples’ film festivals in the world.

Skábmagovat has established its place among international film festivals and enjoys a visitor base from passionate film consumers to film-industry and other organisations.

Naturally the core of the festival is in the indigenous peoples’ and especially in the Sámi films. On the side, the program is enriched with e.g. workshops, discussions and concerts.

Skábmagovat has also a special day for the children and youngsters of the kindergartens and schools nearby.