Days are getting shorter and shorter; Christmas and winter are coming and so is the season of celebration and gifts-giving. In the last issue, The List has prepared a guide to homemade and delicious gifts. Together with Matias, our Head of Sales, I came up with ideas for Christmas presents quite in advance. We are therefore ready for Christmas quite early in the year 🙂 Jars of blueberry jams, apple marmalades, currant syrups, and bottles of mead are getting dust on basement shelves waiting to be gift-wrapped and handed to our loved ones. Although too late to make mead (as it takes 6 weeks to be fully finished), you still have time to prepare some jams and to be inspired by the article about gift-giving. Gifts are the very essence of celebrating the people we love. They are not about showing off how much money was spent or how trendy the actual present itself is. Gift-giving should be about showing one another that we care. No matter if you are celebrating the birthday party of your best friend, your own wedding anniversary, or Christmas Eve, the most important part is to say: I appreciate you.
Photos by Nikol Herec
Words by Kasia Gasiorek
The List has been curious how celebration is approached in Vår Frue Kirke, a church open to people of all backgrounds and beliefs, a church where secularism meets piety, believers meet atheists, and priests are not new to controversy. We asked our contributor, Sadique Ndamwe to investigate the topic – you can find the outcome of his work in an inspiring profile interview in The List, issue 13.
Vår Frue Kirke stands for Our Lady’s Church in English. It is perhaps the second most famous church in Trondheim, just after Nidarosdomen, and another inspiring place on the Trondheim’s map. So is the interview with Siv Limstrand conducted by Sadique in the last issue of The List.
Siv supports the idea of an open church and emphasizes that Vår Frue Kirke is open to anyone, no matter their religion, background nor status. She points out that what is important is to gather and help each other. If you want to learn what an open church is all about, go, grab a copy, find a peaceful place and indulge in a great piece of writing by Sadique Ndamwe.
Photos by Nikol Herec
Words by Kasia Gasiorek
The List couldn’t decide what to prioritize in the end of last week so here they come – two reviews for today’s blog! Sivert Høyem and Jenny Kval recently performed for Trondheim’s audience. Quick reflection… these are only two events that took place in Trondheim last week, two out of many more. God, we love this place.Winter has come to Trondheim on Thursday, and so did Sivert Høyem. A famous vocalist of Madrugada, together with musicians from basically all over Norway made Byscenen packed for three evenings in a row last week. Starting from Wednesday, the charming city stage was taken over by gloomy, progressive and sophisticated rock performed by one of, in my opinion, Norway’s best singers.I have never been to a concert that actually starts one minute earlier than scheduled – huge respect for that! Byscenen got packed and I was a bit surprised to see people relaxing, jiggling and sipping drinks in the middle of the week. How cool is that! We should go to concerts much more often during a week as we can taste the weekend earlier than it actually comes. Short reset, moment of relaxation and indulgence in music will make you relaxed and ready to work the next day (especially if there are no delays as it was in Byscenen).Sivert was visibly pleased with the audience and happy to perform songs from his last album Lioness. I like the manner he performs, you can really feel the confidence of him. Sivert invites you to join a concert as he talks to the audience and is proud to be where he is, proud of his music he wants to share with the audience.
Saturday’s night at newly opened Kunsthall Trondheim, in turn, was full of eager awaiting, as Norwegian singer-songwriter and, to put it shortly, conceptual artist Jenny Hval was about to present her new album Blood Bitch. The layers of carefully arranged sound, poetry, and performance and noise cracked. The show, prepared together with Jenny‘s collaborator and musician Lasse Marhaug, soon took over the audience and space.
The artist in her new album is inspired by menstrual blood and thus also gender divisions, and playfully mix it with vampire movie esthetics. On a small stage, Jenny created an intimate space, both using objects to make sounds and her body to communicate, verbally and aesthetically.In connection with the current exhibition neon signs saying “strangers everywhere “ in several languages, the atmosphere in Kunsthall Trondheim was dreamy and layered, making the audience a part of the movie Jenny Hval created on the stage. On the top of it, she warmed their hearts by using some trøndersk sentences.
Photos by Donn Morrison (Jenny Kval) and Nikol Herec (Sivert Høyem)
Words by Zane Datava (Jenny Kval) and Kasia Gąsiorek (Sivert Høyem)
Issue 13 is out! Meet our lovely cover models, Sandra and Theresa Elise, daughters of Hilde Opoku, deputy mayor in Trondheim kommune, who in addition to modeling for The List #13 contributed with a short interview to tell us how they celebrate this time of year. The perspective of these lovely Ghanaian – Norwegian young girls is unique as Christmas for them means juggling different traditions with family spread across the world.We were not surprised to learn that for both of them the time seems to be cozy. The List agrees! Although Theresa Elise, a 16 years old student of entrepreneurship studies, is not a great fan of winter and cold weather in general, the idea of comfy sweaters and hot cinnamon coffee cheers her up. Her sister, a 19 years old student of an international program, Sandra, sees the season as a time of exciting anticipation: for first snow fall, meeting up with family, and finally, for being excused from drinking hot chocolate all day long. Trondheim appears for them to be a perfect place for celebration and when talking to them about December you can pretty easily visualize Christmas lights decorating Trondheim’s streets and almost smell roasted almonds and cinnamon. For those who can’t smell it only now and want to get that Christmas feeling of Julemarked, we recommend Lacie Goff’s article That Christmas Feeling, which you will find in the new issue of The List. And how Sandra and Theresa Elise spend Christmas? It’s usually in Norway or Ghana, where they visit their family, meet and appreciate the loved ones by eating and drinking together at the celebration table. In Ghana celebration is all about dancing and spending time outside, whereas in Norway it’s rather advisable to stay indoors listening to their cousin playing trumpet. When celebrating New Year’s Eve, they recommend climbing up to Utsikten or Festningen to admire a view of the city brightened up with fireworks.And you – how do you spend this time of year?
Celebration is unique to different cultures, and even to each individual. We all have our own traditions or rituals that vary from place to place, from family to family. The List finds this topic extremely interesting and that is why we asked Courtney Lineback, our lovely American contributor to conduct interviews with her international friends to find out what they associate celebration with. For internationals and locals, interested in the topic, we recommend finding the article Let’s Get the International Festivities Started!
Go, grab a copy of The List and indulge yourself in articles about celebration, brew, homemade gifts and Northern Lights. Find previews and listings of all most important events happening in November and December and don’t forget to celebrate!
Photos by Eno Chege
Words by Kasia Gasiorek