Great stages and great experiences
Why not combine music and theatre and get the most out of your stay in Trondheim? Catch one of Trøndelag Teater's many plays or stop by for a special happy hour with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra and their energetic conductor Krzysztof Urbanski in Olavshallen – Trondheim’s great concert hall.
A year in Trondheim contains many festivals, concerts and theatre performances. Few other cities in Norway can boast such a variety of festivals throughout the year. Come to Trondheim to experience festivals such as Pstereo, Trondheim Chamber Music Festival, Kosmorama International Film Festival, Minimalen Short Film Festival, Nidaros Blues Festival, Trondheim Jazz Festival, Trøndersk Food Festival and of course the St. Olav Festival.
You will also find popular festivals such as Blues in Hell (30 km North of Trondheim) and Molde International Jazz Festival (220 km South West of Trondheim) just a couple of hours drive from the city.
The St. Olav Festival, «Olavsfestdagene»
Held every year in the end of July, the St. Olav Festival is the most important festival in Trondheim. “Olsok”, the eve of St. Olav’s day, is celebrated every year to commemorate King Olav Haraldsson who was killed in the battle of Stiklestad on the 29th of July 1030. The word “Olsok” has its origin in “Olav's wake” - a Catholic tradition where you would sit by the dead and pray for them throughout the night. Even after the Reformation arrived in Norway, which abolished midnight mass and the worship of saints, “Olsok” was still celebrated by the Norwegian people. The St. Olav Festival is Norway's biggest church and culture festival. Every year, the festival features great concert with both national and international renowned artists.
Every year, Steinvikholmen Castle just outside of Trondheim, creates the perfect backdrop for the midnight opera, Olav Engelbrektsson, written by Edvard Hoem and Henning Sommerro. The opera takes place on the eve of the Reformation's arrival in Norway and explores the power struggles between the country's political and religious elite. The opera plays out Archbishop Olav Engelbrektsson's final days as Archbishop of Nidaros.
The National Museum of Music and Musical Instruments
Ringve Museum is located at the Lade peninsula in Trondheim. Housed in one of the region's old and honourable mansions from the 18th-19th century, the museum contains musical instruments from all over the world. Talented guides take you on a tour through the history of music while demonstrating how these unique musical instruments were played.
Norwegian rock music up close
ROCK ON! Be a rock star for a day at Rockheim. Norway's national centre for pop and rock music is located by the Trondheim harbour, only a 5 minute walk across Sjøgangen Bridge from the Central Station. Take a journey through the decades of popular music; from the emerging youth culture of the 1950's to today's digital reality.
Rockheim's Hall of Fame contains artists of great importance to the development and exposure of Norwegian popular music.
At Rockheim you can listen or dance to music, mix your own tracks, take the stage or try out as a lead guitarist. Record your favourite tune and send it to friends and family online. Join us and be a rock star for a day.
«Trondheim takes good care of immigrants of all kinds, even from Northern Norway. The city has just the right size; you don’t have to deal with the stress of a big city, and the quality of life here is very good. You can let your guard down, and do things at your own pace. Even though Trondheim has a relaxed way of life, the city has a rich culture scene, and it is the perfect playground for musicians.» Ernst Wiggo Sandbakk