I was told that Trondheim is a student city. Well, I’ve seen students on the streets. The crowd has grown since the middle of August but apart from that, I hadn’t really thought about it.
So last week I decided to check out what student life is all about here in Trondheim. With that in mind, I went to Samfundet to see Jaga Jazzist playing life. My first time at Samfundet turned out to be a really charming experience. Storsalen is more than a suitable place for an experimental jazz concert, this is a perfect spot for that! The cozy atmosphere of a concert hall, great vibes from the audience plus Jaga Jazzist playing like a proper rock band – all that brought me back to time I was a student myself (just for clarification, not long time ago!)I knew Jaga Jazzist before but it was my first time listening to them (and watching!) live. I was amazed how so many people (8 members) can manage to play music so coherent and energetic at the same time. There were elements of electronic music but also room for classical jazz, all that delivered in a suprisingly rock’n’roll way. Definitely, I wasn’t aware that jazz might be that energetic and dynamic!
Trondheim’s audience seemed to share my opinion and showed it making Jaga Jazzist encoring twice. The concert lasted for 2 hours, a great musical performance was topped up with colorful luminous installations – check out the photos!
Photos by Torleif Kvinnesland
Words by Kasia Gąsiorek
The beauty behind all festivals is that you can experience so much compounded into one or just couple of days. You can charge your batteries and consume enough culture to see you over until the next festival. The curse, however, of these kinds of events is that we have only one pair of eyes, ears and legs, what makes us unable to see, listen and go to each and every event we want. Festival going is the art of compromise and decision making. You have to set the list of priorities and try to forget that at the same time you are having a great fun but also missing the remaining events.
With that in mind, I indulged myself in Kulturnatt 2016’s offerings. The festival started at Torget, pretty early as for a night festival but perfect of unusually sunny and warm September afternoon.
After a short intro, the Trogescenen was taken over by music and fashion. Mini concerts were interspersed with fashion shows. People crowded at Torget were enjoying sun, music, fashion and apparently food, one of the food trucks run out of any food even by the end of the night! Unfortunately for me, it was the one serving sweet potato fries.
Mini-concerts seemed to be the leitmotif at Kulturnatt. After a couple of them at Torget, it was time to experience some music at Rockheim, they had guided tours and mini-concert every hour. Rockheim lies in one of my favourite spots in Trondheim. Again a need for a compromise: breathtaking views of a sunset by the fjord or an indoor museum? I chose museum this time, hoping the Norwegian weather will surprise me with sun again the next day. How naive was that? Anyways, I didn’t regret, it was a great opportunity to learn about music and to admire quite a few pictures of music legends.
Being relatively new in town still makes me excited to visit Nidarosdomen. To be honest, I can’t imagine I will ever get bored with this place. Kulturnatt gave me another opportunity to experience this magical place during an amazing organ concert.
My last stop during Kulturnatt was Vitensenteret and “The strange history of animals (and women!) in space. Visiting comedian from England gave interesting and hilarious (!) mini lecture on women being astronauts. Did you know that a fly was the first living creature sent into space?
A bit tired but amused I went home appreciating Kulturnatt for having such a differentiated offer.
Words and photos by Kasia Gąsiorek
Have you ever wondered why NTNU cabins are so cheap? Well, they are all dependent on voluntary service! Volunteering doesn’t seem like fun to you? Well, the experiences of volunteers show the opposite. It may, in fact, help you to combat loneliness.
A new academic year has just started, and it seems to me that the population of Trondheim has doubled. The city is full of cheerful and smiley students, all with their unique and fascinating stories behind them. However, as studies show, their smiles are sometimes only a happy mask worn to hide their shame at being lonely.
Thomas Krogstad Eriksen brings this topic in his article, which you can find in the newest issue of The List. Becoming a volunteer in Studentersamfundet has changed Thomas’s life for the better and he hopes his story can be inspiring for other sufferers. There are plenty opportunities to volunteer, no matter if you study at NTNU, BI or you are an exchange student. You can volunteer in Studentersamfundet, BI Studentsamfunn, European Student Network Trondheim and bunch of other small organizations existing by the universities.
Scare loneliness away!
Photos by NTNU Koiene and Tine Blomsøy
Words by Kasia Gąsiorek
Outdoor activities, dramatic sceneries of mountains, fjords and forests, accompanied by rapidly changing weather conditions – that’s pretty much the shortest definition of Trondheim from the outsider’s perspective. When coming to Norway one is likely to hear the phrase the true Norwegian experience quite often in various contexts. Everyone knows it but do we really understand the true meaning behind?
This is exactly what The List presents in the issue #12, which is now out in the city! Have you already grabbed a copy for you and your mates? If not, there is no time to waste. You can find it in most of cafés and bars in Trondheim but also at the airport, NTNU, and many more places – just keep your eyes wide open!
Let us take you on an exciting journey into Trondheim’s cultural life, nature and festivals this autumn. Get the magazine and let yourself indulge in melancholic stories (and poems) about fishing, hiking, biking and… reading.
Furthermore, learn about Kunsthall Trondheim, a new cultural spot in town, grab some helpful tips when going to shows and see what you can learn from Gay Pride. For that and much more (including Kulturnatt, Bastard Festival, and Chamber Music Festival programmes) go to the newest issue of The List.
Photos by: Nikol Herec, Tine Blomsøy, Torleif Kvinnesland and Wil Lee-Wright
Words by: Kasia Gąsiorek
Summer seems to be over in Trondheim but fortunately, we cannot say that about festivals!
This weekend we especially recommend Jødisk Kulturfestival, a three days festival promoting and celebrating Jewish culture. The program looks pretty impressive; from concerts and film shows to food tasting and family events. Sounds like everyone can find something interesting for them!
It is starting today with an already sold out evening event at the Havfruen restaurant and lasts for two more days from morning until late evening, tickets still available! Performers from the Netherlands, Poland, Ukraine, USA and Norway are waiting for you at multiple locations. See the program.
Photos by Jødisk Kulturfestival
Words by Kasia Gąsiorek