Welcome to the Gotland Easter Festival  April 14-21 2019 


The Gotland Easter Festival  includes music, art and dance  and lasts from Palm Sunday until Easter Sunday. The purpose of the Easter Festival:    to communicate the message of Easter with different artistic expressions; the arrangements take place both in Gotland's beautiful medieval churches and in public places. Theme for Gotland Easter Festival 2019 is Dedication - which is reflected in the repertoire chosen for the concerts and in the artists' works during the festival. 

The festival aims to bring together professional musicians, gifted amateurs, young talents and adults from Gotland and the Nordic countries. 

At the moment we are preparing  an exciting programme - these artists are already booked:

  • Ann Wolff, sculpture - Gotland/Berlin  
  • Eir Inderhaug, sopran, Norway 
  • Astrid Bjelland, flute, Norway (young talent)
  • Sebastian Iivonen, piano,  Stockholm (young talent)
  • Young Strings Academy,  Vänersborg, Sweden, (young talents)

From Gotland:

  • Camilla Båge, dance & choreography
  • Ulrika Holgersson Hägg, sculpture 
  • Grafikgruppen Visby, Graphic arts 
  • Ad Fontes, vocal ensemble, art director Dan Eiderfors, Visby
  • Annika Hansson Gardelius, flute (young talent)
  • Gisela Herb, piano 
  • Ingrid Rodebjer, violin & folk music (young talent)
  • Maria Wernberg, violin, Visby

Membership Easterfestival Gotland

Maybe you want  to become a member of Föreningen Påskfestival Gotland (the Association Easter Festival Gotland)? Here you can follow and/or contribute to the development of the festival. There are a lot of possibilities! The fee is 150 SEK, 300 SEK for families and 1000 SEK for  companies or organisations.
The fee can be paid to the Members' Association into the festival's bank account in Handelsbanken 272-2007, or Swish: 1231 950 435. Please mark as: Paskfestival medlem and  do not forget to write your name and e-mail address ( you can use 6 lines for text under "meddelande") .

Preliminary Programme 2019


14th of April at 6pm: Opening concert in Dalhem church - A mixed programme with some of the artists that are performing during the week of the festival

15th - 21st of April:

- Renaissance concert with the vocal ensemble Ad Fontes in Lärbro church

- Concert with professional musicians and young talents from Sweden and Norway - winners from   the  Norwegian Youth Music Competition 2019 (www.umm.no) - in the Gullin Hall at the Adult Education Centre in Hemse

- Concert with professional musicians in Fröjel church (cello, violin and piano)

- Good Friday, 19th of April at 12.00:  Concert at Visby Cathedral , collaboration between       professional musicians and dancers

21st of April: Recital with soprano Eir Inderhaug performing (including E. Grieg Haugtussa and opera) at Almedalsbiblioteket in Visby. 

Art exhibitions 

Ann Wolff, sculptures at St. Mary's Mathedral, Visby, https://www.awfg.se  

 Siri Iversen Ejve, visual arts,  https://www.siriiversenejve.se

Ulrika Holgersson Hägg, sculpture, Mårtens lada, Rutehttps://bevingadskulptur.se

Graphic artists group, Ryska gränd 18 ,  https://www.grafikgruppen.se 

Young Strings Academy, Vänersborg, Sweden

Young Strings Academy is aimed to young talents 10-18 years who play string instruments. Most of them are multiple award winners in their age groups. The teaching takes place during weekend courses once a month in Vänersborg. The courses are also sought after by talents from our Nordic neighbour countries. Outstanding string teachers from all over the Nordic region and some of the world's top professors participate in the teaching several times a year.

Eir Inderhaug, soprano

The Norwegian soprano Eir Inderhaug  started her career early when she won the talent show Talentiaden on Norwegian national television in 1991. Now she is one of the most exciting Norwegian singers and has performed at important opera houses like: Norwegian National Opera Oslo, Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, Komische Oper Berlin , Copenhagen Royal Opera and the Gothenburg Opera .   

Ann Wolff, sculpture

Ann Wolff is international well known as a sculptor, working with glass, metals, resin and concrete. She is as well known for her drawings and pastels.

Her career is distinguished with numerous awards, including the prestigious Price PRO EUROPA 2011 and the Lifetime Achievement Award from Glass Art Society, USA. Wolff's work is housed in many private and public collections throughout the world.

Ann Wolff is by all means supported by her husband Dirk Bimberg.

Read more about Ann Wolff: www.awfg.se 

Sebastian Iivonen, piano

Sebastian, born in Stockholm in 1997, began his piano studies at the age of six. Since he has won many international piano competitions in Europe and America, such as Stockholm International Music Competition, Musical Fireworks (Germany),  Music Without Borders (USA), Concours International de Piano (France) et al. Ever since then, Sebastian has travelled around Europe and America giving concerts and participating in festivals and masterclasses. 2018 Sebastian begins his 2nd year of bachelor programme at the famous Royal College of Music/Edsberg Castle in Stockholm with Prof. Mats Widlund. 

Astrid Bjelland, flute 

Astrid Bjelland participated at Easter Festival Gotland 2018 and the audiance was enthusiastic about her strong and natural musicality. We are happy to welcome her back to the festival. Astrid plays many concerts all over Europa and was first prize winner at the national Norwegian Music Competition for Youth (UMM) 2018. By now she studies in her third year at the Royal Danish Music Conservatory  with Ulla Miilmann.  

Ad Fontes, vocal ensemble

Ad Fontes (to the sources) was founded in 2014 by the artistic director, Dan Eiderfors. The ensemble consists of  6 singers with different degrees of music studies. Some of them are church musicians, all are experienced choir singers.

It is a free ensemble at Gotland, and it sings music from the masters of the renaissance, a o T L da Vittoria, W Byrd, T Tallis, G P da Palestrina, J P Sweelinck. The ensemble performs in old churches where the acoustics do the music justice.

Comments from the audience: "Such a magnificent mass. Ad Fontes sung exquisitely and strengthened the seriousness and devotion." 

Dan Eiderfors, artistic director  , Ad Fontes

Dan Eiderfors is the Artistic director, founder and singer in the renaissance vocal ensemble Ad Fontes. He was born in Stockholm, since 2014 he lives on Gotland. Dan works as organist, choir conductor, pianist, accompanist, singer, teacher, composer and arranger. Recently Ad Fontes released a new CD performing Tenebrae responsories (T L de Victoria).

Camilla Båge, dance

Camilla Båge was born and raised in Gotland. She trained as dance teacher at the Dance School in Stockholm. Trained Dance Instructor Kristinehamns Adult Education College and the Dance Department of Kulturama in Stockholm. She was working as a dance teacher in Karlskrona at the Cultural School for four years and then moved back to Gotland. Camilla is currently employed at the Culture School in Gotland and has also worked on the aesthetic programme dance and creative school Region Gotland. Camilla works as a dancer and choreographer in various projects across the island.

In addition to the dance, she is a yoga trainer and has her own business 'Cabo Movement' where she leads workshops with dance and yoga.

Unn Dahlman, dance

Unn Dahlman, born 1978, grew up on Gotland. Educated professional dancer at the Royal Swedish Ballet School in Stockholm. Since completion of her education she does freelance work with everything from Riksteatern, free choreographers and worked with own projects. Unn has also taught at Gotland Dance Education as well as a series of free groups. In addition to the dance Unn also works as a yoga instructor, with acupuncture and as a physiotherapist. Today Unn works mainly on Gotland, performs and is now working on a dance film. 

Gisela Herb, piano

Gisela Herb was born and raised in München, Germany. She has a special interest in Latin American music and has released CDs with piano music by Alberto Ginastera and H. Villa-Lobos that has been praised: "virtuosic, rhythmic vital, captivating, extraordinary sonority". Gisela Herb is also especially interested in young talents development. In Stavanger she led the national talent programme Young Musicians Rogaland . At Gotland she startet together with Maria Wernberg the series "Public House Concerts" where professional musicians, young talents and gifted amateurs make music together. Gisela Herb is currently living on Gotland and gives concerts with both solo-and chamber music on Gotland and abroad. She cooperates frequently with the young violinist Maria Wernberg.

Maria Wernberg, violin


The violinist Maria Wernberg was born in Örnsköldsvik with roots on the island of Gotland. She
graduated with a Master of Music (solo performance) from the Royal Northern
College of Music in Manchester 2012. She received a Bachelor of Music with a
first class honours degree from Birmingham Conservatoire 2010. Maria has been
soloist with Örnsköldsvik´s Music Society and Gotland's Sinfonietta as well as
participated in for example the Virtuoso Violin Festival in Stratford-upon-Avon, Cheltenham Music Festival, Young Musician Symphony Orchestra, Festival in Piteå, Vadstena Academy and Hvide Sande Masterclass.

In 2005 Maria received the prestigious award Riksspelman. She is currently living on Gotland,
freelancing as a violinist combined with her teaching post at Culture School

Ingrid Rodebjer, violin

Ingrid Rodebjer grew up in Hogrän in Gotland. She started playing the violin at Culture School  when she was eight. Within her music programme at Wisby High School 2014-2017 she studied with the violinist Maria Wernberg. In autumn 2018 Ingrid will  study Swedish folk music at Folk Music Department Kapellsberg of the Härnösand Adult Education College.

In 2016 Ingrid received Memorial Fund scholarship from the Culture School and in 2017 she received a scholarship from the Tristan Björling Memorial Fund and the Svante Pettersson Memorial Fund. 

Ingrid participated at Easterfestival Gotland 2018 and we welcome her back with pleasure.

Annika Hansson Gardelius, recorder, Gotland

Annika was born in Tofta, Gotland. She began playing the recorder at the age of ten and was taught by Barbro Markström at Culture School Gotland . There she participated in many ensembles, such as the world music band Hurrbau 2010-2014, and the recorder ensemble Wisby Pipers playing classical music.

During 2015-2017 Annika studied at Framnäs Adult Education College , mainly with Kerstin Berglund, but also with Göran Månsson in playing folk music, and Dan Laurin. At Framnäs she was able to play both early music and contemporary music for the recorder, and she was also able to continue developing her folk music skills through collaboration with the folk music class.

2014 Annika was awarded a scholarship from Svante Pettersson's Memorial Fund and 2015 she was awarded a scholarship from Gotland´s Culture School from the Martensson Memorial Fund.

Ulrika Holgersson Hägg, sculpture, Gotland

Ulrika Holgersson Hägg is an artist living in Rute on the northern part of Gotland since 2011.
In her sculptures Ulrika explores the inner being, the soul.
For more information see 


Graphic artists group, Gotland 

The Graphic Artists Group Gotland consists of 25 full time working artists specialised in graphic. Our artists work in a collective studio where all the equipment are available for all graphic techniques. The collective studio has also a small gallery for exhibitions. We are situated in Visby close to  St. Mary's Cathedral .