2017 North by North Festival Summary

Anchorage is a gateway to the Arctic – an intersection of culture and diversity, resilience and innovation. Here, we can remind the rest of the world that northerners are innovative and resilient, capable and conscientious. The North by North Festival in Anchorage May 11-14, 2017 highlighted the social and cultural connections Alaskans are so well-known for but that often get left out of Arctic discussions.

The festival provided something for everyone – policy, business, music, dance, arts and crafts, local foods, and crucial conversations. Most events took place at the Anchorage Museum.


This day-long event hosted leading Alaska innovators and visiting experts from other northern nations who will speak about the innovation ecosystem, with conversations about housing, energy, food, connectivity and education. Afternoon workshops immersed participants in an innovation culture.


Film festival directors from all eight Arctic nations presented the highlights of films from different northern film festivals. Introductory remarks from each director as well as a panel discussion about best practices will elevate approaches to northern filmmaking and festival environments.


A series of international convenings and art installations. Center/Periphery looked at places perceived as both on the edge and at the center through culture, design and discussion.


Featuring seven DJs from Iceland, U.S., Canada, Norway, Greenland, Finland and Russia, along with outstanding Alaska artists, the Arctic Dance Party included three performances over the course of the weekend.


The First Annual “Arctic Street Foods” tasting and competition included local food trucks competing to create a new “Arctic Street Food” inspired by recipes from one of the eight Arctic countries. Additionally, chefs from Alaska, Iceland, Norway, and Russia competed to create a “high concept” Arctic Street Food.

One of the most refreshing Arctic conferences I have attended in a long time!

The relationships made among countries, businesses, and individuals during NXN Festival were essential to the future progress and survival of Arctic economies, cultures and environments.

Outcomes and Report to Sponsors

  • Innovate Arctic – 150 attendees – Iceland, Norway, Canada represented
  • Film Festival – 250 attendees between 3 days and multiple showings – eight Arctic nations
  • Food Tasting – 500 attendees – Norway, U.S., Iceland and Russia
  • Museum Arctic Issues Talks – 400 attendees – 11 panel discussions
  • Arts and Crafts Expo – 250 attendees
  • Dance Party – 400 attendees between 3 events – six Arctic nations

Social media: 675 likes – Average daily reach of 7,000 over a month period.
Website: Sponsor logos listing.
Publications: Programs, signage, and summary.