Arts founding

The Norwegian Ibsen Award was inaugurated by Skien municipality in 1986 to promote Norwegian drama. The award is presented each year in Skien.

The winner receives a cash prize of NOK 150,000 and a statuette designed by the Norwegian sculptor Nine Sundbye. The prize is awarded to a dramatic text that has had its first performance or Norwegian premiere in a professional Norwegian theatre in the preceding calendar year. The jury may also choose to award the prize for a playwright’s body of works as a whole. The deadline for proposing candidates for the Ibsen Award is 15 December each year.


The 2018 Ibsen Award winner, M H Hallum, was presented at a gala evening in the Ibsenhuset cultural centre on Wednesday 21 March.

Follow the link to read more [in Norwegian] about the Norwegian Ibsen Award.

Photo: Max Emanuelson