Niillas Holmberg is a Sámi poet, musician, actor and activist. He has published five books of poetry and has been translated into more than ten languages. As a musician he works as a vocalist, guitarist, composer and lyricist. He performs with four bands: arctic folk music with Niillas Holmberg & Roope Mäenpää and Niillas Holmberg Kvarteahtta, world music with Nordic Namgar and electronic music with YLVA. All bands work and perform internationally. Niillas has also worked as an actor on theatre and TV.
He is from Ohcejohka (Utsjoki), Finland, currently working and staying in Jåhkåmåhkke (Jokkmokk), Sweden.
SÁMI OF THE YEAR 2016 Niillas was awarded with the Sámi of the Year Award in Finland for his work with literature, music, language and for Sámi rights. The prize ceremony took place in Helsinki in November. Read an article about the award in Sámi here and in Finnish here.
NEW WEBSITE Sano se saameksi is a project that familiarizes people with Sámi language and people. Have a look at our fresh online phrase book, documentaries and other sweets!
TRANSLATED INTO SPANISH Roađđi, a poetry compilation by Niillas Holmberg and Inger-Mari Aikio, was released in October 2016. It is a trilingual edition: Sámi, Spanish and English.
NEW POETRY COMPILATION Niillas' new book Oaidnaleapmai, Čáhcesiellu is now available to order from DAT os.
Click on the covers to listen to tracks from each album:
Music video Assmilašuvdna blues by Niillas Holmberg & Roope Mäenpää:
AWARDS AND HONOURS
The Sámi of the Year 2016
Lapland art prize 2015