Niillas Holmberg

poetry & music from the north

Upcoming events with the Sámi poet, musician, actor and activist Niillas Holmberg. 

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Check out the new Saami podcast Gáfestallan Lisain with Niillas as guest on the second episode. Talk about Niillas's childhood, current projects and all kind of fun stuff!


These days Niillas is working on a short movie script.This rather poetic movie strives to illuminate the politically essential events and phenomena in the history of the Saami. Many thanks to ISFI for the grant! Per plans filming starts next year. And it's going to be directed by non other than Katja Gauriloff. Here's YLE Sápmi's article on the project.


Niillas Holmberg is a Saami 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 several bands: electronic music with YLVA, arctic folk music with Niillas Holmberg & Roope Mäenpää and world music with Nordic Namgar. All bands work and perform internationally. Niillas has also worked as an actor on theatre and TV.

For many years he has been involved in several movements against exploitation of nature, such as mining, in the traditional Saami areas. Environmental and cultural aspects are the core of his artistic expression and he is known as an upfront spokesman for Saami and indigenous rights to self-determination.

Niillas lives in his native Ohcejohka (Utsjoki), Saamiland (occupied by Finland). 

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