Do you like to read? Or maybe you want to take the Thorbjørn Egner -tram? This weekend it´s time for the book festival here in Oslo. More than 200 writers come to more than 200 events. We talked to the festival-boss Åse Garten Galtrud about adventurous books, crazy book parties and other events this weekend.
What will happen tonight?
Tonight is the grand opening in Spikersuppa, in the middle of Karl Johan. Ragnar Hovland (famous norwegian writer) will play Ukulele, and the norwegian princess Mette-Marit wil officially open the festival.
Deichmanske bibliotek, the public library in Oslo, also has their legendary nachspiel with licor served between the bookshelves. While listening to “writer-DJs” you can be part of this unique event, and maybe even dance on the bookshelves?
Is it something you particulary want to recommend the upcoming days?
Very much! Tomorrow Linda Eide from “Norsk Attraksjon” (Hilarious norwegian Tv-show ) will have her power-point show. She has made a book about conversations with her mother -I have seen it before, and it´s incredible funny!
I also want to recommend “Vår ære og vår mat” ( directly transelated: Our honour and our food) where Gert Nygårdshaug and Torgrim Eggen (Norwegian authors) have made a cooking book about their literary characters and their relationship with food.
Tomorrow there will also be “Litterary Death Match tomorow evening. The american Todd Zuniga travels the world to make the “Idol” of litterature. He choose four new young writers to meet three established writers through 2 rounds and an epic final! This will happen tomorrow night at Victoria National Jazzscene (also in Karl Johan, located quite close to the parliament).
Is there something else you want to add?
It will happen loads of stuff in the city as we are the biggest book festival in Norway. Check out oslobokfestival.no for program. The festival is free and open for all! Velcome!
You can also find more information about Oslo book festival at our cultural calendar Kult Oslo:
Oslo bokfestival 2012
Written by Tara, translated by Odrun 14. sept
To day is the opportunity to really get a grasp of what Oslo has to offer on the cultural side. It´s said that we have more cultural events than any other main city in Europe, and today you can check out a good persentage of them. It´s time for for a full culture night in Oslo!
It has in fact already started. Almost all the culture institutions have special arrangements and other cool stuff going on. And everything is free! Do you wanna try out Aikido, celebrate fair trade, experience good concerts or wandering around to hidden places at the norwegian folk museum? That´s just some of your options… Check out an english version of the program at prosjekt-oslokulturnatt.oslo.kommune.no