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Love food and culture? Then you should head over to Oslo this month

This month, Oslo is boiling with tastes, sounds and performing arts of the highest caliber.

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In September, Oslo is fully awake again after the summer. This autumn is extra busy, with a record-breaking number of festivals, as well as a thriving food scene and cultural events.

Here are some of the events you should look out for if you’re planning on visiting our capital this month.

Boat festival: Båter i sjøen

Aker Brygge

The month is kickstarted with Scandinavia’s largest floating boat show – in the middle of the city! With 270 boats, more than 50 equipment manufacturers, and 54 world- or Norway premieres, the festival should offer fun for the whole family. During the festival you can try kayaking, sailing or SUP (Stand-Up Paddling). The kids can go on a trip with the ship Elias (known from children’s TV in Norway), while you enjoy the sight of boats and vibrant life in the heart of Oslo.


Food festival: Matstreif

Rådhusplassen

The month is kickstarted with Scandinavia’s largest floating boat show – in the middle of the city! With 270 boats, more than 50 equipment manufacturers, and 54 world- or Norway premieres, the festival should offer fun for the whole family. During the festival you can try kayaking, sailing or SUP (Stand-Up Paddling). The kids can go on a trip with the ship Elias (known from children’s TV in Norway), while you enjoy the sight of boats and vibrant life in the heart of Oslo.


Oslo Aquavit Festival

Gamle Raadhus Restaurant, Nedre Slottsgate 1
Sep 3, 2016

This may not be for all, but this Saturday you will have the chance to taste more than 100 different Norwegian aquavit types – a Scandinavian flavored spirit. In the evening, a three-course dinner will be served, and participants can hear a presentation about aquavit from distiller Halvor Heuch. You must be at least 20 years old to participate.

Read more about Oslo Aquavit Festival.


The Ibsen Festival

Nationaltheatret, Johanne Dybwads plass 1

For no less than 18 consecutive days, Oslo is going to celebrate the playwright and poet Henrik Ibsen. This year’s festival offers 40 plays, all with their unique approach to Ibsen’s works. Among the highlights are “Hedda Gabler” in a version from Sweden’s famous Dramaten; a mashup of “The Wild Duck” and “An Enemy of the People”; an experimental “A Dolls House” from Hungary; a post-apocalyptic tale of Europe based on “Little Eyolf”; “Peer Gynt” with a female protagonist, and a version of an Ibsen play where the action takes place in present Zimbabwe. The festival also offers an extensive subsidiary program, including a theatre quiz, Ibsen for kids, Ibsen stunts, tours and an exhibition with this year’s Ibsen artist Marianne Heske.


Contemporary art music: The Ultima Festival

Multiple arenas all over Oslo
Sep 11 - Sep 17, 2016

The contemporary classical/art music festival Ultima offers a variety of groundbreaking music, with more than 50 concerts in 10 days. It is held at venues all over the city, including the brand new culture house Sentralen in the city centre. The events are held both indoors and outdoors and include concerts, dance performances, art installations, movie screenings, lectures and debates. Whether you are young or old, a connoisseur or just curious, Ultima should have something for you.

Read more about the Ultima Festival.

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Oslo Culture Night

170 arenas all over Oslo
Sep 16

Culture lovers are lucky if they are in Oslo September 16th to experience Oslo Culture Night. The festival offers more than 300 events all over the city – and everything is free of charge! Here you’ll find concerts, outdoor cinema, tours, theatre, dance and guided tours – and much, much more. Many of the cultural institutions and public buildings in Oslo are open during the evening and night.

Download the program for Oslo Culture Night.


Oslo Beer Festival

Aker Brygge
Sep 23 - Sep 24, 2016

This year’s edition of the annual beer festival will focus on the combination of beer and food. Meet local craft breweries, eat beer-based food, learn about beer and brewing, taste beer from the whole world and go in a beer parade with likeminded beerhounds. The festival is centrally situated on Aker Brygge and Tjuvholmen in Oslo, and is meant to be for all adults, no matter how much you know about beer in advance.

Read more about Oslo Beer Festival.


Farmers Market (Bondens marked)

Rådhusplassen
Several dates in September, 2016

The crowd-favourite Farmers market (Bondens marked, in Norwegian) is held at Rådhusplassen in the middle of Oslo, September 2 and 3, as part of the Matstreif food festival. On 4 September it moves to the Botanical gardens at Tøyen, where you can meet local producers and also check if the mushrooms that you found in the forest are indeed edible. Then, on 16 September, the Farmers market is held in Majorstuen, and September 30 you can enjoy all the local tastes in the middle of the city center at Youngstorget.


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