Utøya and Lillehammer, Norway

31 May-4 June 2025

WEXFO Utøya Young Experts was arranged for the first time in May 2023 for a target group of 18-35 years. In cooperation with Utøya AS, it started as a gathering on the island and continued at WEXFO in Lillehammer.

The Young Experts 2025 seminar will gather young innovators, activists, and community leaders to highlight how young people locally and globally fight for freedom of expression.

Utøya – a place for commemoration, learning and engagement 

22 July 2011 Utøya became the scene of the worst terrorist attack in Norwegian history. A far-right terrorist attacked AUF’s summer camp, and many were killed. Today Utøya is an open, accessible and inclusive arena for engaging, learning and remembering. 

How they have enabled new life is what impressed me the most at Utøya. It's so human, it's so sincere, it's so truthful.

Oleksandra Matviichuk, human rights lawyer, Nobel Peace Prize laureate 2022 and speaker at WEXFO 2022 and 2023.