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The 29th Midnight Sun Film Festival held in Sodankylä, Lapland, wrapped up Sunday. 25,000 visitors flocked to see films in the northern cult festival.

KAUTOKEINO: Even though the Kildin Sámi language is at risk of dying out, the culture and traditions can be saved through music.

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The Norwegian Governor of Svalbard has requested the Pomor Museum in the Russian settlement of Barentsburg to hand over historical objects, which he believes are poorly preserved by the Russians. However, the Pomor Museum refuses.

The cathedral in Kola (murmanpress.ru)

Activists in the “Young Guard” – a youth organization of the United Russia Party – call for the rebuilding of the historical cathedral in Kola bombed and destroyed during the Crimean War.

May 17th parades in both Murmansk and Arkhangelsk were attended by both locals and Norwegians. See BarentsObserver’s photogallery.

RAYAKOSKI: Once a year you can walk around the stone cairn marking the place where Norway, Russia and Finland meet, without breaking the law. This is during the annual Barents Ski Race, which runs on all the three countries’ territories.

The traditional ski race crossing the borders of Norway, Russia and Finland is cancelled due to lack of snow.

Dutchman Steven Kruijswijk of team Belkin Pro Cycling became the second winner of the world’s northernmost international bike race Arctic Race of Norway.

When Bjørne Kvernmo docked his ship, “Havsel,” at the port in Tromsø this month, he knew it would be the end of a tradition he’s kept up for 40 years. With his return, northern Norway’s long-standing seal hunt had finally come to a close. 

The Norwegian and Russian ministers of culture signed a three year detailed cooperation programme in Moscow on Sunday.

Adam Zetterqvist speaking at the Barents Press International Meeting in Levi, Finland on May 7, 2011. Photo: Ora Morison

Young eyes looking at the Barents Region right now see something they want to share with the world.

Murmansk-based doll maker Tatyana Gombash gives life to her fantasies through her art.

KIRKENES: With a floodlight projector designed for giant sport arenas, Stefano Cagol is on a path to identify and underline the borders of Europe and their fate. See our video interview with Cagol.

LOVOZERO: The annual “Reindeer herder’s day” in the Sámi village on the Kola Peninsula celebrated its 80th anniversary this weekend.

Four days of artwork, public discussions, workshops and concerts in Nikel, Kirkenes and Zapolyarny. The arts project Dark Ecology aims to open the discussion about artificial environments - the how and why of modern human landscapes.