Ordkalotten – Word Cape – Tromsø International Literature Festival is an annual festival, established in 1999. The Northern location imprints the festival’s profile, while the perspective is global; the festival has a circumpolar orientation, while also relating to a multifaceted North-South dimension. The festival insists on indigenous representation and aims to shed light on particular structures in the Northern areas. It aims to be topical in both literary context and in relation to current national and international processes.

There are different themes each year, and the theme-history displays a wide range of topics: Body (2015), Taboo (2014) Amnesia (2013), Garbage (2012), Sea Death Love (2011), Caravan (2010), Violence (2009), Crossing Borders (2008), Russian Contemporary Literature (2007), Japanese Contemporary Literature (2006), Polar Literature, Nordic, British and Canadian Authors (2005), Words under Threat (2004), Minority Language and Exile Authors, in cooperation with PENs world congress 2003), Cora Sandel (2002), Nils Aslak Valkeapää – Sámi multi artist (2001), War and Peace ­–The Celebration of the Nobel Peace Prize Centenary, in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the NOBEL Institute (2001), Lars Levi Læstadius (2000), Peter Wessel Zappfe (1999).