ISFiT is short for the “International Student Festival in Trondheim”. What the name does not say, is that ISFiT is also the world’s largest international student festival.
ISFiT is arranged every other year, and each festival has a theme related to social and political topics with international relevance. The festival is held in the city of Trondheim, Norway. Here, over 450 students from all over the world gather to attend 17 different workshops and take part in the festivals culture program. ISFiT is a non-profit organization and is brought to life with the efforts of more than 400 student volunteers.
In addition to the workshops, ISFiT highlights the festival theme through a vast cultural program consisting of concerts, plenary sessions, art exhibitions, performing arts and ceremonies. The culture program offers an extensive range of events for the visiting participants, but is also available for the population of Trondheim.
A brief history of ISFiT
1990: The beginning of ISFiT. The first festival ever arranged had the theme “A changing Europe” and was held shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall. European students came to Trondheim by train, which was later called “the ISFiT Rail”.
1997: The Dialogue Groups were introduced. One week before each festival, students from different sides of conflicts come together on neutral grounds in Røros, Norway, and build peace and understanding through the power of dialogue.
1999: ISFiT introduces the Student Peace Prize for the first time. The prize is awarded on behalf of all Norwegian students every other year, when the festival takes place.
2011: Walk of Peace was installed in Jomfrugata in Trondheim. Walk of Peace is an art installation in honour of the winners of the Student Peace Prize.
2013: ISFiT 2013 was the 12th consecutive festival, with the theme Global Trade.
Through the years, ISFiT has hosted a wide range of renowned personalities. Past speakers include His Holiness the Dalai Lama, former Director-General of WHO, Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, and Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Dr. José Ramos-Horta, Professor Wangari Maathai and Dr. Desmond Tutu. In 2011, His Royal Highness the Crown Prince of Norway Haakon Magnus opened the festival.