Fjæreheia Amphitheatre in Grimstad is unique and is the only one of its kind in Norway. It has a history, a design and a location like no other and will give you, as an audience, a unique experience of art in nature in front of an almost forty metres high granite wall. The facility is one of five permanent scenes for Kilden Theatre and Concert Hall.
The granite that was supposed to celebrate the German dictatorship has instead found its echo in freedom of speech and art.
The regime of German dictator Adolf Hitler wanted many millions of people to celebrate and be inspired in an environment that was shaped, among other things, by the red granite from Fjære in Grimstad. Fortunately, nothing came of it. The story was different:
Adolf Hitler wanted to build a monument to the "Third Reich". Since 1934 his architect Albert Speer worked on the transformation of the former airship port Zeppelinfeld in Nuremberg into a large parade facility. Based on Berlin, the world capital "Germania" should be created. The desire was to use stones from the Greater German Reich for these plants. After the occupation of Norway in 1940, the Nazis discovered the granite that existed in a belt from Østfold to Fjære in Aust-Agder.
The quarry in Fjære was opened and large granite blocks were sent to Grimstad for shipment. However, the rock did not come further, as the German Reich capitulated. The stone that was taken out was therefore used in the Norwegian reconstruction after the World War. Today it can be found in streets, quays and terraces.
The quarry was left untouched until an international Ibsen symposium was held in Grimstad in 1993. The then head of the Ibsen Museum in Grimstad Jarle Bjørklund whispered to the first chief of the Kilden theatre Bentein Baardson that the complex could be suitable as a scene and amphitheater. Baardson was immediately inspired by this idea. In 1993, Henrik Ibsen's "Catilina" was premiered at Fjæreheia Amfi. "Catilina" was the first play the young Ibsen wrote during his pharmacist's apprenticeship in Grimstad.
A modern theatre
In 1995, the quarry was purchased by the Kilden Theatre. From being a makeshift amphitheatre in an abandoned quarry, Fjæreheia has gradually developed into a modern theatre with a capacity of 985 seats.
In recent years, the amphitheatre, almost two kilometres from Fjære church, has given people from near and far great and memorable experiences.
Each summer a new play is performed. Tickets and information can be obtained at: Kilden
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