As the Høstscena festival manager, it’s his job to ensure great cultural experiences for others in town. This is where he himself goes to enjoy the city.
Høstscena (“The autumn scene”) is the name of the festival that is held right now in Ålesund.
It started as a theatre festival, but over the years has evolved to include other cultural expressions such as poetry, dance and music.
Just now there are events at venues all over the city. The festival manager, Sindre Stølsdokken, is busy coordinating all the logistics, to ensure that both visitors and local audiences get a great experience.
Fortunately, Sindre – who has lived in Ålesund for eighteen months – has a few minutes to spare, so he can share his tips on what to see and experience the city.
“This is a unique street for Ålesund, with lots of history. It’s also where we organize the annual ‘family days’ at Høstscena. In Moloveien you’ll find for instance Teaterfabrikken (“the theatre factory”), in a historically important building,” says Stølsdokken.
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The building that houses Teaterfabrikken was built before the great Town Fire of 1904, when Moloveien escaped the flames that left large parts of the rest of the city in ruins.
“There are lots of other distinct enterprises located in the street, too, including the Fisheries Museum, an old cod liver oil boiler, and a glassblower,” says the festival director.
“There are a lot of great scenery in and around Ålesund. Personally, I have a penchant for a small, windswept lighthouse on the island Bosøya, outside of town,” explains Stølsdokken.
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Alnes Lighthouse is a protected cultural site, and today houses a permanent exhibition showing the historical development of the lighthouse.
“In addition, there is a small café in the former living quarters, and it’s a good destination for a hike on foot – and one can surf and swim in the summer. It’s a place that has everything, really”.
“An incredibly nice place”, says Stølsdokken.
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Judging from the pictures, it is hard to disagree.
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