Piteå is a major town situated on the Gulf of Bothnia, 900 km north of Stockholm and 100 km south of the Arctic Circle. With 42,000 residents it makes a significant contribution to the 260,000 population of the County of Norrbotten, the largest and most northerly county in Sweden. Piteå focuses on energy and sustainable development beside the tourism business and offers good development opportunities for people and companies.
Northern lights & the Midnight Sun
The world-famous light phenomena the Northern lights, also called the aurora borealis, a phenomenon that occurs due to the earth's magnetism, especially in the north on winter nights. The summer nights are bright due to the Midnight sun. Between late May and early August the sun doesn’t set.
The event town of the north
Piteå entices with something for all ages and tastes. The town hosts annual events attracting many thousands of visitors as well as smaller local events. Star performers like WeiWei and Barbara Hendricks are just a couple to have performed in Studio Acusticum, one of Europe's most modern and world class concert halls.
Piteå as an ICORN-city
The political decision that Piteå would become an ICORN city was taken 2016 and in 2018 Piteå welcomed its first guest Cris Gera, a musician from Zimbabwe, who is now settled in the town together with his family. The towns second ICORN guest was Justina, a rapper from Iran. She also choose to stay in Piteå together with her husband after the ICORN period ended. Piteå has chosen to welcome musicians, because of the culture, history and network of music in the city.
Some of the musical institutions in Piteå:
Studio Acusticum (http://studioacusticum.com)
As one of northern Europe’s most advanced concert halls, Studio Acusticum in Piteå aims to provide the best conditions for live concerts and audiovisual recording.
Luleå University of Technology (LTU) – Department of Art, Communication and Learning (https://www.ltu.se)
The Department of Art, Communication and Learning is intimately linked to Studio Acusticum in Piteå and is an academic node that includes both the School of Music and the School of Drama with the divisions
Framnäs folkhögskola (http//www.framnas.nu)
Is a school of music. Here you can study artist, jazz, folkmusic, classical music and more.