An Interview with Kjersti Buaas

The List connected with Trøndelag’s Olympic World Snowboarder, Kjersti Buaas for issue #14 that came out at the start of 2017. To celebrate International Women’s Day, we thought we would give it another share!

Words by The List’s very own Jaya Thomlison.

Read the whole magazine here!

Photo: Nikol Herec

Kjersti Buaas, Body and Mind

Approximately 20 years ago in the small town of Klæbu, just outside of Trondheim, a girl raised in the outdoors tried out something new for the first time, and through love, passion and perseverance eventually became one of Trøndelag’s prized Olympic medal winners.

Kjersti Buaas is a rather known name for anyone that has followed the past four Olympic Winter Games. What you may not have known is that she is a proclaimed Trondheim ambassador. While residing in California for the time being, Kjersti makes it her mission to support others interested in outdoor sports to find a balance between their mind, body, and soul.

Kjersti, can you tell our readers about yourself?

I’m originally from Trondheim and I grew up doing a lot of different sports. I was introduced to snowboarding at the age of twelve when my older sister was trying it out and I wanted to be just like her, of course. Snowboarding was something that I fell in love with immediately. It felt creative and fun to move around and move my body in that way. I never set out with an ambition to create a career… but snowboarding has since become my job and profession. For the past eighteen years of I have been professionally competing, resulting in four Olympics, winning A bronze medal and a couple of silver medals as well. Winning golds in various X-games.

Photo: Nikol Herec

Yours is not the most common life-path, albeit incredibly inspiring. How did you initially get involved in competitive sports?

Something that Norwegians might underestimate is the benefit of being born in a place where people are encouraged to get outdoors and test their limits. Growing up in Trondheim, we had to get out of our comfort zones, whether it was the weather, or something else. I was also lucky to have role models and good people supporting me, including coaches and a national team. I have had a very nice support system from the start. That is really important when you are at the age when you are trying to find your inner strength.

It also feels kind of safe to be in Norway and to be a Norwegian as it’s a small country. I think that we can identify with one another easier because we are only 5 million or so. It has not been easy to find a clear path and everyone must experience the same. I mean, I have never really doubted that it’s what I wanted to do, though I never really decided ‘this is what I am going to do, I’m going to be a professional snowboarder and compete in the Olympics’. Luckily I had all of those people around me, without them I could not have done it.

Photo: Torleif Kvinnesland

As a female, what are were some of the mental breakthroughs you needed in order to engage in competitive sports?

I associate some of my drive to resiliency. Whether it’s just weather, cultural tradition or determination. This is all important. In the beginning, snowboarding gave me a new way to think, a new way live and to view myself. I was surrounded by female athletes, yet snowboarding has always been a very friendly sport. So even though we were competing against each other, we became really good friends. A key factor is finding your community. Being that snowboarding was a smaller community worldwide than other competitive sports, we weren’t afraid to share. We weren’t afraid to share strategies with each other were open about it. We pushed each other to watch documentaries about, let’s say food and agriculture, in order to learn what’s behind it. After seeing learning what happens in other places, such as American agriculture, I was shocked. My snowboarding community has helped me access education and knowledge so I that I could make conscious and good choices that would be good more me, and for the world.

Do you think that growing up in this region has had anything to do with your career path?

I grew up in a very active family and we always spent most of our time outdoors. That is to say, I had it in my blood and I loved it. I think that Trøndersk culture is very tough and strong. You know, it’s never really bad weather, we just go outside. In Norway, you will see people going to work on a bike in a rainstorm and it doesn’t matter. In other parts of California, they’ll say it is horrible weather when there is one cloud in the sky and wouldn’t consider riding a bike in the rain. I think that something so simple as coming from a culture where you are not afraid to face nature has helped me understand how to push my own limitations.

“There are no boundaries.”

I brought this outlook with me to into a male-dominated sport where at the time, girls were a token. When there was one spot on a snowboarding team for a girl and that spot was filled, we may have previously thought ‘it’s already taken’. I started challenging this. My upbringing encouraged me to change my way of thinking and follow my heart in order to solve the problem differently. I would try out for the team anyhow. I believed that if I followed mind, body, and soul, I could inspire other people. My perspective is, before the action, it’s just a thought. But everything changes once you start doing it. At some point, I realised my own power. Then I started realising that all anyone has to do is start thinking differently and seeing the potential for change. In that respect, being a professional athlete is simply a way to do life. The benefit is that you get to experience so many things, challenge yourself so intensively both in competition and under pressure.

Photo: Nikol Herec

Snowboarding is often considered a young person’s sport, though you grew up in Norway where you don’t have strong conforming factors related to age – people in their 60s and 70s are still climbing, skiing and are showing that body is actually a tool. What do you have to do to keep yourself healthy and competitive at over the age of thirty?

I’ve done a lot of different things within the sport and I’m still loving it. Yes, I’m still competing with all these teenagers as young as fourteen… and it is about breaking stereotypes. You might think that you need to retire from professional sports in your late 20s because that’s the norm. And then you realise that it’s just a norm and not the rule. I think that coming from a culture where you are free to keep working beyond ‘pension age’ if you choose to, affects you. People are inspired by their peers no matter the age, whether they are parents, grandparents or friends. We will always look to what is around us and draw inspiration from it. So for me, it became almost like a personal goal to see how my body will respond to competing at that level of snowboarding as I age because the sport can be pretty harsh and there can be a lot of impacts. Once I realised that I had to become more healthy in order to continue — when it comes to food, training, and everything going on in my mind — I started seeing so much potential and age didn’t matter anymore. It is a fun journey that I’m kind of creating on my own. There still aren’t that many snowboarders competing after their 20s.

How do you think your ego comes into play?

To be honest, it was probably eight or so years ago when I realised we had the term ‘ego’ and I started to contemplate it. I had certain sentiments and then thought, ‘wow, that’s my ego – that’s what it is.’ I was really lucky because my friends and I started a club and we called it ‘One Life’, which had the intention of being light-hearted in competition. A lot of people get really serious and their ego becomes very blatant and they don’t realise the impact. So ‘One Life’ tried to be aware of the ego. We intended to compete and have fun because isn’t that why we started doing this in the first place? We helped each other through this process and vowed to be a constant reminder to one another. We did silly things when we were younger like where animal hats – you know, you can’t get egotistical and be serious in an animal hat. Just try it. We had these little tools to help us to get through that phase and I think it is really important for people to reflect and look inside to remind themselves of what their ultimate motivation is. The more I learn about my ego, the more I’m able to see that I am unrestrained to be who I want to be. If at one point I did something I was not proud of, I can just shake it off and let it go.

Photo: Nikol Herec

Tips for keeping healthy and active, body and mind

We hosted a camp called ‘Presence Performance’ at Vassfjellet last January and will offer another in March. This was an all-day women’s snowboarding camp starting with yoga and meditation. The foundation of the camp is ‘face what brings yourself to its highest performance.’ If you want to be at the top of anything, the more present you are, the better you’ll be. This is something I have learned from the Olympics. Whenever I’ve done my best, it was because I was present. There are various techniques for breathing in the air, differentiating smell and sounds. We are also teaching participants what will give you the best fuel to perform the best. For me, it is very important to find a good balance between when I’m training and doing my thing, but also hosting things such as this camp. Because that is what really motivates me.

What does this region have to offer, what should they be proud about?

Be proud that you are growing up in a city that is surrounded by amazing forest and wildlife. Where else can you go less than five minutes outside of the city and go cross-country skiing and stay connected to nature? Deep down I think that this is why people in and around Trondheim have a lot of love in their hearts. I feel a lot of love. You don’t know everyone, but because of the size, you feel as if you could.

Quick Facts about Kjersti:     

  • Bronze medal at X Games Oslo 2016
  • 8th place for entire season, World Cup 2012/ 2013
  • Bronze medal at the Winter Olympics 2006
  • 4th place in half-pipe at the Winter Olympics 2002

Trondheimsreisen

The List’s contributor Zane Datava joined the crows for Kosmorama’s opening film yesterday. Here is what she had to say:

On Tuesday night after a sunny day in Trondheim, which brought a slight promise of spring, Prinsens Kino was filled with a cheerful atmosphere, plenty of marzipan cake, and loads of eager cinema lovers; regardless of the ice and snow on the streets.

No other opening film in the history of the Kosmorama has had so much attention surrounding it, as organisers mentioned before the film started. Almost all showings throughout the rest of the week are already sold out. To use the words of one of the narrators from the film: “what could be more exciting than to see ourselves”!

The film is full of love and appreciation for Trondhjem. It is colorful and nuanced and shows the city and its people through good times and bad, through struggles and joys. It is made from archived materials from Trondheim from 1906-1980 and illuminates the city through the stories of its people: Liv Ullmann, Odd Reitan, Håkon Bleken among others.

Highly recommended!

Warm Drinks for Cold Weather

Warm Drinks for Cold Weather

Not everyone wants to have a hot coffee beverage, and plain cocoa can get boring. Here are two alternatives that you can make with a few extra ingredients that can excite your taste buds, enchant your guests and give you something new to add to your holiday traditions. As well as a few tips from our friends at Jacobsen og Svart on how to brew a fantastic cup of coffee.

Photo: Jennifer Wold

Cinnamon Orange Cocoa – All things considered, these three flavours all go well together in different combinations. Together they are heavenly. This simple cocoa will amaze not only your nose but your taste buds too.

3 dl heavy cream

4 dl milk

3 tbs sugar
2 tsp cinnamon

50 g dark chocolate, chopped

zest of 1 orange

Heat the cream to a simmer, add chocolate and orange zest. Whisk until chocolate dissolves. Whisk in cinnamon and sugar, allow to dissolve. Slowly pour in milk and whisk until entire mixture is warm. Serve this with a dash of cinnamon and some shaved chocolate on the top.

Vanilla and Ginger Warm Apple Cider – Cider is very refreshing with its crisp fall apples. This takes that to a whole new level to warm even the coldest of fingers and noses.

1 litre apple cider (apple juice will work)

1 vanilla bean split and seeds scraped

1 tsp fresh ginger, grated

small cinnamon stick (a ½ tsp of ground cinnamon)

Heat the apple cider to a good simmer then reduce heat. Add the vanilla bean, ginger and cinnamon and heat for 15 minutes, giving it a good stir every few minutes. Strain the mixture to remove the ginger, cinnamon and vanilla bean pod. Serve immediately with a slice of apple, or store in a carafe to enjoy while out and about.

A perfect Coffee?

Any coffee, no matter how good the bean is, can become a bad cup of coffee. The coffee experts at Jacobsen og Svart want to help you make the most of your Christmas coffee.

Photo: Jennifer Wold

Kokekaffe (Kettle Coffee):
60g course ground coffee, as coarse as you can get it.

1 litre water, measured in a measuring cup

Boil your water in the kettle and remove from the heat. Once taken from the heat, pour in your grounds and give it a good stir. Never boil the grounds. Now, leave it for 8-10 minutes. Here is the magic tip: take the lid off and hit the edge of the kettle with a spoon and then be patient, the grounds will break and sink to the bottom, leaving you clear coffee to pour off into your cup.

Photo: Jennifer Wold

Filter Coffee:

60 g finer ground coffee, about the size of coffee crystals (not the fine ones)

1 litre of water, measured in a measuring cup

Start by rinsing your filter to remove the bitter taste that filters often give. Then measure your water for boiling, in a clean kettle. Pour in the water slowly to give it enough time to seep through the grounds.

One of the things to look for is that your grounds are damp, but not a soggy mess when it is done brewing.

Written by Jennifer Wold, this article originally appeared in Issue #19 of The List; read more here!

Skiing and Such

I think I read somewhere online that Norway did pretty well at the Winter Olympics (or just The Olympics as Norwegians call it). Cross-country skiing is part of Norwegian way of life, they’re born with skis on their feet, blah, blah, blah.

Watching all the action might have given you the boost you needed to get out there and glide on some snow, which we have a lot of currently. Here is a quick rundown on how to get out skiing like a local.

Photo: Anders Kallerud

WHERE TO GO

Trondheim, like a lot of places in Norway, is surrounded by areas to go skiing; take a look at this map that shows some of the options.

Bymarka, Granåsen, and Strindmarka are the usual destinations for city-dwellers and recommended by them as well. These stops are close by and easily accessed via bus. Though double check the schedule to make sure you have time to enjoy your day.

Photo: Anders Kallerud

To get out to Bymarka just hop on Bus 10 to Skistua and, bob’s your uncle, you’re there.

For Granåsen, also home of our beautiful ski jump, Bus 19 to Sandemoen is what you want, hop off at Granåsen VM-Anlegget.

And Strindmarka: Bus 5 or 66 up to Dragvoll will have you skiing in no time at all.

Bymarka is recommended to new skiers as it is the easiest (the flattest) track, but it has some breathtaking natural views. On the other hand, Strindamarka and especially Granåsen have plenty of ups and downs, then some more ups and downs making them better suited to those with some experience or great will, to challenge themselves. Granåsen is extra cool because of the stadium and lights along the rack, which can give you feel of competitive ski racing.

Photo: Wil Lee-Wright Photography

WHERE TO RENT GEAR

If you’re interested in playing in the snow, but don’t own the equipment, two options come immediately to mind.

The first is to get in touch with Trondheim Skiklubb and renting everything you need and picking it up at the conveniently located Skistua.

Trondheim Kommune also has several locations that loan out sporting equipment; from skis to canoes and backpacks.

WHAT TO BRING

The List recommends bringing snacks; no matter what activity you are doing, but skiing in particular. For the authentic experience pack a Kvikklunsj, and orange or clementine, and some hot chocolate or coffee.

For clothing: pack light, but warm. Especially this week as it is supposed to pretty darn cold.

Bring some friends, bring a date, your dog, your kids, or take a few laps around the track solo. Skiing can be enjoyed by everyone and in many different ways.

Photo: Sondre Hovda Dahlskaas

Skiing is not the easiest hobby to pick up; it requires a type of balance and movements that are not found in everyday life. So a smile and good sense of humour are also good things to pack along with you.

Checking in at Dwarfheim

Pineleaf Studios, featured in The List’s issue #19, is in the process of building a video game.

After The List spent some time peepin’ around their office, we started to be fascinated by how much work goes into creating a video game.

Photo: Torleif Kvinnesland

When we last spoke to the guys and gals making Dwarfheim they were starting to enter some of the later stages of their games production, but to make the game run smoother and create a better experience they decided to rebuild the game with a more flexible framework they designed themselves.

Already they are back on track, and even ahead of schedule. The world they are building, and the characters that will inhabit it are looking stunning.

They gave us a first look at the Berserker character.

Image: Pineleaf Studio

 

After wandering around, looking over the shoulders of the game designers, artists, and others involved in the company it was incredible seeing how all the pieces come together. From turning sketches into 3D pieces of art, to coding and creating the way characters move.

 

Photo: Pineleaf Studio

The majority of the technical terms went over our heads, but a discussion with Fredrik Chrislock really stood out. He talked about implementing artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning into Dwarfheim – taking technology from other fields and bringing it into the gaming industry. The game will learn from the way humans play the game and make changes to keep things fresh and exciting.

Everyone at Dwarfheim had a lot to say about their game and the goals they want to accomplish with it.

“We want to create deep and innovative games. Looking at the game industry right now, we think there are a lot of things that are still untried”, Hans Klevin, the big man at Pineleaf Studios said.

The video game industry in Norway, and especially in Trondheim, is rapidly evolving. The List will certainly be following the progress of Pineleaf Studios and Dwarfheim!

NTNU Campus Expansion: A Chat With Trond Åm

The NTNU Campus Expansion

A Chat with Trond Åm

Photo: Venstre

As many have heard, NTNU is about to start a huge project to expand the campus in Trondheim.

Over the past few months, there have been many a debate on the proper course of action for this expansion. Many of the current plans have new buildings laid out in the area that is currently Høgskoleparken on the south end of the city. Many living in the area disagree that this is the best plot of land to use for the expansion.

The List caught up with Trond Åm, leader of the Literature House in Trondheim and a member of Trondheim’s city council to ask him about an article he wrote on the matter that recently appeared in Adressa.

Q: How has the community engagement been when it comes to such a big project?

“It’s been very positive. There have been a number of public debates on the issue thanks to NTNU. The dialogue between the public and school has been good as there has been no final decision made yet.”

Q: There have been a number of areas other than Høgskoleparken that seem suited to being built on or renovated to integrate the new campus as part of the city. What are some of those solutions?

“There are many available areas near Gløshaugen that are already available or possible to use for the university’s expansion. Amongst those possibilities is building along Elgesetergate.”

“Building along Elgeseter would be good for NTNU and the area, but it is quite a high traffic road and not the easiest to turn it into an attractive campus. Behind Studentersamfundet in the empty lot, there is another very good option. It wasn’t positive that they could build there safely, but it was recently found that it is possible and would also lead to the expansion of the park areas around Nidelva.”

Q: Why is community engagement important with this project?

“Parks are not going to become less important in the future. “

“People in the neighbourhood around Høgskoleparken, students, and other community members have been very engaged. The expansion of the campus will have a big impact on the city and it is important that it is an attractive campus and that it offers a mutual interest between the university and the population of Trondheim.”

On 6 March Trondheim Kommune will speak directly about the campus expansion plans.

“There have already been two debates held at Litteraturhuset, the Trondheim Arkitekts Forening will be holding another on 19 March. This one will be quite important and quite interesting as it comes after the opinions on the project from Trondheim Kommune”.

Trondheim Calling: Day 2

Trondheim Calling: Day 2

The List made a hip-hop night out of the second day of the festival.

It might be because I’m a millennial, or perhaps it has something to do with my cookie-cutter, suburban upbringing, but I’m always looking forward to a night of rap and hip-hop. Diskoteket’s entire line-up last night was just that, so The List decided to post up and catch all four shows at the nightlife spot of the year according to Adressa.

We pulled up to the spot just as the doors opened in order to grab some seating, and it wasn’t long before people started filtering in.

First up was Turab, an artist coming from Manglerud in the Oslo area. From the get-go, he had great energy on the stage. The beats, which he produced himself, were solid and even got the Norwegian crowd to start bobbing their heads. Lyrically I followed along as best I could and liked what I heard ­– Turab delivered with good flow and varied subject matters. The List is looking forward to Turab’s return to Trondheim.

Turab, Photo: Torleif Kvinnesland

After a short break, the next man on stage was Ganezha. It was an enjoyable show, and Ganezha’s kit was certainly the wildest! His music was simple and mellow, keeping up the good vibes for the whole evening.

Next up was one of the heavy hitters of the evening: Emir. I was familiar with Emir as half of the duo $ushi x Kobe, which played in Trondheim during UKA this past fall. People seemed eager to catch another act from Emir, as Diskoteket was packed to the walls before the first beat dropped.

Emir, Photo: Torleif Kvinnesland

The set was tight, and with most of the shows at Trondheim Calling it was over all too quickly. The crowd was eating up what Emir was setting in front of them and it led to a great energy in Diskoteket.

Trondheim’s own Gerald Ofori closed the stage down last night. After hearing a heavy amount of hype about this dude in the months and weeks leading up to Trondheim Calling I was excited to see what it was all about.

Gerald Ofori, Photo: Torelif Kvinnesland

I would say that the hype was worth it. Gerald put on a great performance live, with some outstanding beats and catchy lyrics. After his show last night I think there will be a number of people keeping an eye out for more from Gerald.

All throughout the night people were filtering in and out, some would stick around for a show or two and jet off to another venue. It was cool to see the different ways people experience Trondheim Callings massive amount of concerts and flowing through MidtByen – a strategy worth adopting tonight to squeeze out the most of this last evening of Trondheim Calling.

 

 

 

Trondheim Calling: Day 1

Trondheim Calling: Day 1

The winter music festival started with a bang last night.

Finally, Trondheim Calling has gotten started and the List has been counting down the days.

The first stop had to be the festival bar at Trondheim Calling’s headquarters. It was a great way to get in the festival mood and plan the path through the night.

Photo: Torleif Kvinnesland

After that, we hopped across the street to Moskus and Jonas Skybakmoen. It was pretty packed when we first walked in, but we managed to get up to the bar as people kept streaming through the door. By the time the show started there was little room to move. But this only added to the show, with such an up-close, intimate venue the energy from the band cascaded over the crowd easily.

I had never heard any of Skybakmoen’s music before I walked into Moskus last night, and I certainly enjoyed what I heard. With synthy pop beats the tunes reminded me much of 80’s synth-rock, but with a modern twist. The concert was over before I was ready, all the bands last night were playing shorter sets. While it was incredibly cozy pressed up against a number of strangers, I could have done with a few more tracks from Jonas Skybakmoen and co.

While Jonas had a tremendous voice and stage presence, I was most impressed by the drummer. The dude played his parts to perfection – at least to my unmusical ear.

Jonas Skybakmoen Photo: Torleif Kvinnesland

Quickly disengaging from the crowd in Moskus we popped out the door to catch a little breath. Then hit the bricks in the direction of Diskoteket, the next stage of our journey with another band I had little background on before last night: Sam & Sky.

We rolled into Diskoteket pretty early to have a chance at getting a good spot to post up by the stage for Sam & Sky’s show…and of course for easier access to the bar. The crowd starting filtering in, but with a bigger venue compared to previous one, we had a little breathing room.

Without warning the music started and I was immediately caught up in the atmospheric beats and smooth female vocals accompanying them. The music had a great vibe and is the kind of music you want coming out the stereo parked in some sweaty club or while getting ready with the squad to paint the town red.

From the back of the room what struck me as odd had nothing to do with the music, but more the Norweigian-ness of the crowd. There was hardly a bobbing head to be seen, let alone anyone letting loose.

Captivated by this social aspect of my adopted home, I wanted a chance to speak with the artists about their show. As they were breaking down their equipment I chased the duo down. And started with a good ol’ fashioned: “how ya’ doin’?”

“It was good, it was a short set, but as we’re working on completing an album it was perfect with the material we had ready” beat-master Sam had to say.

“I love the tiny clubs here in Trondheim, this is the second time we’ve played here.” was the frontwoman, Sky’s, response.

The pair both gave great insight into what playing for a Norwegian audience is like as well:

“If you can get a Norwegian to bob their head you know you are doing something right,” said Sky.

Would have loved to see a repeat performance from the two this weekend, but for now keep an eye out for Sam & Sky’s coming album, as well as some future tour dates. The List certainly hopes they will be back in Trondheim soon!

Dipping out from there it was straight to Kunsthallen for one of the bands I’d been looking forward to the most: Haunted Mansions.

Immediately upon arrival, I realized I wasn’t wearing enough flannel to fit into the crowd. But that didn’t stop me from enjoying the music immensely. Having heard a million different descriptions of Haunted Mansion I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but I was more than pleased with the results. To me it had elements of surf and synth rock, mixed up with Haunted Mansion’s own unique flavour.

Kunsthallen was a cool venue, but I think Haunted Mansions will be best served on the bigger stage in Olavshallen Lille Sal on Saturday. Definitely recommended!

It was cold as sh*t out there last night, and also a weekday, which made the streets pretty quiet in terms of people walking around. I expect the activity will be much more amplified tonight and tomorrow. Just don’t forget to bring your jacket!

A Vegan Christmas: Interview with Emma Jarvis

This weekend in Trondheim is the official start of the holiday season (though walking into many shops around town you might have thought it started weeks ago).

The List caught up with Emma Jarvis, founder of the Trondheim Vegan Fair, who are hosting their own Christmas Market this weekend at Verkstedhallen and Habitat. The market is free to enter and boasts a variety of shopping, eating, learning, and entertainment options.

How did the Trondheim Vegan Fair get started?

“I started it. I lived in Oslo for one year and really enjoyed the Oslo Vegetarfestival. When I moved up here and found nothing really going on in the same vein, I wanted to get something started.”

“This is the first time we’ve done a Christmas market, we have the festival in the spring which is more focused on practical stuff, where this event is more to celebrate the season and have fun.”

Why did you choose Veganism?

“I’ve been a vegan for about four years; since I went to university I was quite involved in the environmentalism stuff. So initially I came into it through that; that it’s more environmentally friendly to eat vegan.”

“But that’s not the thing with the vegan fair, not to be preachy. Its just about getting people to try different foods, inspire people. Take the cookery classes for instance where people can learn to cook great food that is also vegan.”

Why is the Vegan Fair important?

“I think that Trondheim has a lot of really cool cultural events, and this just adds to that diversity. Also, more and more people are choosing to eat less animal products like meat and cheese; Coop now has vegetarian day and Synnøve now has a vegan cheese.”

“It also provides an easy platform to teach and learn about veganism – helping people to think about how they can cook a meal differently or just enjoy different kinds of food.”

How would you convince someone to come to the Christmas Market?

“You get to try loads of awesome food, stuff that’s not normally in Trondheim. Like a vegan-friendly bakery from Oslo that are coming with cakes and vegan ice cream! Another company that makes artisan vegan cheese that is delicious.”

Photo: Furu Creamery

“It’s a fun place and a food festival where you can learn lots of stuff. Theres a workshop on how to have an environmentally friendly Christmas; the documentary that shows how people in Norway are shifting to more plant based diets, which is neat that it has a Norwegian context which will hopefully be much more relatable for Norwegians.”

“A mix of workshops in both Norwegian and English, its about 50/50 so it will be accessible for most people! The Market has super good vibes, and it’s free!”

There is an after party as well?

“Yes, at Habitat. The awards ceremony for things like the best vegan friendly restaurant, there will be different musicians that will be playing like Sivert Ericson and also Gibberish the improve comedy group, but its mostly about hanging out, eating pizza, and being social. It’s a party!”

Photo: LOS365

Don’t miss out on this unique and fun event this holiday season. Starting at 11:00 at Verkstedhallen, it will be a great way to spend a day out of the cold!

RAKE

Rake Visningrom is one of the more interesting locales in Trondheim – from both an exterior and interior standpoint. The uniquely crafted building lies where the city meets Trondheimfjorden, just up from the ferry terminal.

The List met up with one half of the dynamic duo that curates and runs the showroom, Charlotte Rostad, to talk about art, RAKE, and Trondheim in general.

Photo: Susann Jamtøy | Artwork: Marte Eknæs and Marianne Hurum

“RAKE is a non-commercial space to show art, run by two people, so it’s a very independent place to hold exhibitions. We’ve been running it for six years now, and this building is our third location.”

“We do lots of things, like our regular programmes with mostly solo-exhibitions. We’re always trying to make it surprising for us, and for Trondheim, always trying to do new things, like experimenting with exhibit format. So we do things in the space, but also larger things outside, or in cooperation with other locations.”

“We bring this stuff in so we can talk about art in its broader sense. To have fun, and to play, and be able to meet other artists and have those discussions is sort of our goal. The art scene in Trondheim is very small, so to bring in other people and be able to constantly talk about art is something very special to us.”

Photo: Susann Jamtøy | Artwork: Marte Eknæs and Marianne Hurum

A new exhibition opens up this evening at RAKE. Stop in for their social event tonight, or check it out over the coming weeks. The exhibition will be featuring the work of Gabriel Johann Kvendseth, an artist based out of Bergen.

“Its kind of sculpture based, its like equipment made out of garbage and things he finds on the street. And makes these beautiful pieces that resembles tools. It’s really quite strong. It will be interesting to see how the space is used to show his work.”