Trondheim Calling again

The Trondheim Calling festival is opens the 1st of February this year, and will fill some of the most important venues in town, including Byscenen, Kunsthall Trondheim and Studentersamfundet.

Trondheim Calling is an annual music festival and, importantly, a music conference. It has grown to be one of the biggest music industry events in the country. In February 2017, Trondheim Calling had more than 8000 spectators and 1000 delegates enjoying 115 shows spread out at 15 different venues, with 80 aspiring young artists from all across Norway.

Markus Sletten, who is the head of booking and one of the curators of the artistic programme, when asked how the artists have been selected, says, “The first priority when picking artists for the festival – the factor that triumphs over everything else – is the music. The quality, originality, the talent behind it and how it’s relevant to today’s and tomorrow’s music scene, is what’s definitely most important. We do a lot of talking with people all over the country, people working in the music industry. In fact, we also try to represent different people and organizations in the music industry, as well as new artists.” The artists who are invited to perform at the festival, come from the whole Norway, and represent diversity in terms of genre and gender.

“Picking one, or even a select few highlights from the upcoming festival has proven to be a difficult task for me”, says Mark, but here are some of his recommendations:

– Steamdome: Three of Norway’s (might I say the world’s) greatest drummers, a team of musicians with an absurdly diverse musical background (from jazz and experimental, to folk-music, to BigBang, Sivert Høyem’s band, El Cuero and Broen) and a fiddler Ola Kvernberg at the helm.

– SASSY 009: Three young producers slash musicians put out their first song; three days later their all over the internet, featured in some of the biggest music sites in the world, including Pitchfork. No doubt Sunniva, Teodora and Johanna are heading somewhere with their cool, dark, and groovy mix of electronic and organic sounds.

– Årabrot: They’re finally back with their first show in two years, and the follow-up to the 2016 masterpiece “The Gospel” is right around the corner. Their music has been difficult to categorize ever since the start in 2001, but this band has been widely regarded as a phenomenon within the experimental rock scene and has fans all over the world. 


Date: February 1-3, 2018

Locations: Diverse & City-wide

Price: 275- 795 NOK

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The Idrettsfestivalen (Sports festival), is returning to Trondheim in 2018. The festival gives the opportunity for adults and others to participate in team and individual sports, or just enjoy some physical activity. The event is a great place to engage with a community of your favorite sport, or gain some information on how to participate in a new one. The list of the activities planned for Idrettsfestivalen is long; containing about ten sports ranging from bowling to group fitness programs. There will also be ample time to meet with other participants at some of the arranged “GetTogethers” that are a key aspect of the festival.

Idrettsfestivalen started back in 2007 with a focus on getting people involved in the sports community in Trondheim, and in Norway. Bringing people together is a major goal of the festival–the fun that comes along with it is certainly an added bonus! Idrettsfestivalen has quickly become the largest event of its kind in Norway and each year the number of participants, volunteers, and spectators grows.

Registration for the event is now closed, but the activities are sure to be enjoyable as a spectator; along with the other events planned to coincide with the festival. As a spectator your entrance is free, and you’ll need to check the website and Facebook for schedules. Idrettsfestivalen offers a unique opportunity for people to get out and be physically active, meet people with similar interests as participants and spectators engage in the sports community in Trondheim.

Date: 11 – 21 January
Location: Ingvald Ystgaards vei 3A, 7047 Trondheim, Norway
Time: Varied
Price: Free


The Barokkfest, or Baroque Music Festival, is a growing tradition since its inception in 2013. It is a week of beautiful classical music to be played in some of the city’s most beautiful and iconic buildings, played by world class musicians. The period of music has some of the most elegant and well-loved pieces of music, from timeless composers like Bach, Vivaldi, Pachelbel and Handel.
This years “theme” is “Triumph”, and on February 3rd we will set up Händels Il Trionfo del tempo in Nidarosdomen with TSO Tidlig. We have also invited the spanish group Recondita Armonia led by the refreshingly young and spirited Lixsania Fernández on viola da gamba.

To kick off the festival, the opening concert will be in the Frimurerlogen 29. January with conductor Patrick Cohën-Akenine and the Nordic Baroque Orchestra. Tuesday there will be a concert in Nidarosdomen with Marianne-Beate Kielland (mezzo), Carlos Mena (contra-tenor) and Jean-Luc Ho (organ).

In addition, there is a lot of other things going on, such as a late-night concert from the Wagner Organ, and the “Familiedag på Ringve” at Ringve Museum dedicated to families and children, with concerts, book readings and a guided tour in their exhibition. And to close out the festivities, and returning to Frimurerlogen, a concert with L’Arpeggiata, led by Christina Pluhars,  whose sounds will  sweep you south across the Mediterranean as the farewell.


Title: Barokkfest
Date: 29. Jan – 4. Feb
Price: Diverse
Place: Diverse

Planetarium at Vitensenteret

When its cold and dark in the reaches of Trondheim, why not explore the cold and dark reaches of space? The new planetarium at Vitesenteret allows you to do just that. Sit back, relax, and prepare for lift-off as you travel through space, time, and whatever else is out there.


The planetarium opened during the summer with the film “The Man From the Nine Dimensions”. If you didn’t happen to catch the film the first time around, Vitensenteret will still give you the opportunity to see it throughout December. The film is mad by an unlikely partnership between a theoretical physicist and a horror filmmaker has produced a surprising result: a family-friendly movie that aims to explain the universe in about 30 minutes. The film dramatizes the pursuit of the elusive “theory of everything” that would explain the fundamental laws of nature — both the microscopic (where quantum mechanics explain how things work) and the macroscopic world of the universe (where gravity governs).


Also being shown throughout the end of the year is the film “To Space and Back”. The film takes its audience on an incredible journey from the far reaches of our known universe and back to our own planet. It the story of human ingenuity, incredible engineering, and describes how the technology that transports us through space paves the way for the devices and apps we use every day.


Both films will be shown with Norwegian and English subtitles (at separate screenings). For students, teachers, kids (young and old), looking for something fun to do indoors, check out the films playing at Vitensenteret’s Planetarium.




Date: Everyday

Locations: Vitensenteret i Trondheim

Time: 10-16 Monday-Friday 11-17 Sunday

Price: 59-95 NOK

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Looking for something to do this weekend? Then check out Avant Garden’s Bastard Festival; it starts tomorrow and runs through the weekend.

This annual, performing arts festival seeks to surprise and prod its audience – and take a

You Look Like You // Photo by Efrat Mazor Goldberg


good, hard look at our global society in the process. The program for this year’s festival features dance, theatre, film, and every combination of them. Not to mention the artist talks, workshops, seminars, and other social events.

Each fall, The Bastard Festival presents some of the very best contemporary performing arts projects from the Norwegian and international independent art scene. We decided to talk with some of the festival organizers to find out more about some of the performances and find out which ones shouldn’t be missed.

Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster // Photo by Sarah Walker

The first suggestion was Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster: a dissection of human behaviour in regards to the complexities of intervention. The performance stems from an interaction the artist had with a man throwing stones at a duck. Branded as “stand-up choreography” this piece mixes dance and humorous text that is sure to appease.

Another to look forward to is (re)remember study – Trondheim. In this, the performance artists asks Trondheim locals to talk them around the city and take them to places with particularly fond memories associated with it. The walks are documented through various mediums; then in a live composition the stories are re-remembered and interpreted through the artistic meditations of the performers.

Bastard Festival offers something unique to the city of Trondheim, and while the artistic side of it may seem daunting, or perhaps too avant garde, to some, the experience is fantastic no matter your sensibilities.

MERCURIAL GEORGE SHOW / Photo by Jocelyn Michel

The stage is set at venues all across town: Teaterhuset Avant Garden, Trøndelag Teater, Olavshallen, Verkstedhallen, Trondhjems kunstforening, a storefront venue and festival bar, Moskus.


If you want to find out more about Bastard Festivalen you will find all the info on Avant Garden’s website, in our magazine and recent blog post where we interviewed theatre boss Per Ananiassen.


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Welcome to the 100 Things to do this summer


A summer spent in Trondheim can be one of the most rewarding Norwegian experiences, especially if you know how to get the most out of this rich and varied landscape. Much like a fine wine, a Trøndelag summer takes time to mature. All those months of cleaning away the winter grit and tidying up your garden, will be repaid in the form of long, work-free evenings, spent with friends at one of the region’s many events, or perhaps alone on a bike or a mountain in the midnight dusk.

There is a tranquility about spending summer in Trondheim, which is punctuated by festivals and activities, spellbinding enough to stimulate even the most lazy of hammock-dwellers. The List asked 100 of its readers, writers, partners and advertisers what they are looking forward to this summer. Here we share their tips, secrets, insights and advice: your definitive guide to a season of fun!