Peer Gynt Highlights
By: Peer Gynt
Norway is in many ways a country of extremes, so it’s perhaps not a coincidence that some of the genres that have thrived here for decades are black metal and jazz (or even black jazz …). Black metal can be experienced in Norway during the Inferno festival, held every easter in Oslo. Jazz festivals can be found in places such as Molde, Kongsberg, Haugesund, Oslo, Beitostølen and Lillehammer. And speaking of extremes, the International extreme sports competition in Voss usually has a few memorable concerts every year. Jotunheimen National park has no exception, great Festivals like Vinjerock, Trollrock, The Nordic Mountain Film Festival and Jotunheimen Fjellfestival.
Norwegians are a music-loving people, and all over the country artists, promoters, venues and enthusiasts come together to provide a rich offering of concerts – from massive stadium rock shows down to tiny and intimate performances.
By: Peer Gynt
In the Gudbrandsdalen valley, one hour north of Lillehammer, Henrik Ibsen’s drama “Peer Gynt” is celebrated in one of Norway’s leading cultural festivals. Norwegian drama, music and nature comes together in the middle of Peer Gynt’s kingdom. The festival is a celebration of Ibsen’s “Peer Gynt” and the historical person Per Gynt, who lived in the Gudbrandsdalen valley in the 17th century. The tales about Per have been told through generations, and these, together with the nature and culture in the valley, is what inspired Henrik Ibsen to write the dramatic poem. The festival will give its guests a good insight into the Norwegian spirit; through nature, culture and traditions. Picture: peergynt.noRead more
The Norwegian Rakfisk Festival aims to focus on Norwegian food traditions, especially «rakfisk», which is semi-fermented trout. The festival draws more than 25.000 people to Fagernes every year and is, by far, the largest festival in the region and one of the largest food festivals in Norway. Local rakfisk producers as well as producers of many other local products and handicrafts turn the streets into one big marketplace with more than 100 small outlets where you can sample and buy their products. In the evening there are concerts and dancing until the late hours. Source: Valdres.com Picture: Cathrine DokkenRead more
The Hemsing Festival takes place annually in Aurdal – a small village in the mountains of Valdres, with around 700 inhabitants and great cultural traditions. This is a place where both Edvard Grieg and Knut Hamsun, amongst others, got their inspiration from the beautiful nature, and Frydenlund Skysstasjon was for many years an important meeting place for artists from all over the country.
The musical sisters Ragnhild and Eldbjørg Hemsing grew up in this village, and were both introduced to classical and folk music at an early age. Today, they are both internationally renowned artists, who consider the whole world as their workspace. The sisters view the communication of the magical power and depth of music to an audience to be one of the greatest pleasures of performing arts. This is what inspired them to establish their own international chamber music festival in the village where they grew up. Their wish is to transfer some of their own expertise back to this community, and with that, see how music can affect the community, and create an identity and a sense of belonging.
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