Enhet i Norge

Enhet i Norge: Indian and Pakistani Culture Festival

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Experience food, music, movies, sports and culture from India and Pakistan right here in Trondheim.

Indian Students’ Forum (ISF) and Pakistan Students Association (PSA) present Enhet i Norge – a cultural festival promoting unity through diversity for the very first time in Trondheim. The two countries not only share a common border but also represent similarities in cultural traditions. “Our festival aims to bridge the gap between Indians and Pakistanis living in Trondheim by highlighting common aspects of culture. Students from these countries live in Trondheim as best of friends studying together, sharing ideas and gossip over coffee just like people from other countries. Which ties in with the main theme of hosting this event jointly is to show to the world that differences between nations must not block the exchange of ideas especially when it comes to culture”, say the production managers for the event, Sulalit, and Waqas, from India and Pakistan respectively.

The festival is designed to involve people from different sections of the society. The workshops are designed for children who will learn about Indo-Pak handicrafts, languages in the region, Bollywood, and Cricket. The principal of Birralee International School (Event Associate Partner) Elin Hitchman, thinks highly of the festival. In her words, “The things that our children make in the workshops will be used in the festival. This would be a great opportunity to bring Indo-Pak culture directly to the people of Trondheim”.

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Exotic and delicious food from the Indo-Pak region can be tried during Indo-Pak Food Festival (15th August, Activity House, Moholt). Teams will compete to cook food from the region for the people of Trondheim who will taste, judge and declare the winners.

Sabareesh Prabahaker, leading Indian violinist and member of the band Immortal Raaga will perform live in Trondheim Medley at Olavshallen on 17th August. The evening will also feature music from Pakistani Coke Studio singer, Nabeel Shaukat Ali. With his musical background and range, Nabeel will cast a spell on the audience.

The two countries are united by the religion of cricket. And thus, Enhet i Norge will host Cricket Mela on the weekend of 25th-26th August at Dragvoll Idrettsbygget. For the first time in the history of Norwegian Cricket, Para cricket will be organized. NTNUI Cricket Group Leader, Faheem says “This is an exciting event for the cricketing fraternity in Norway and already there is huge interest. NTNUI Cricket Group is all set to create history by introducing cricket to physically disabled people in Trondheim”.

If you are planning to buy a festival pass, this will give you free entry to all the events. To add icing to the cake, you can watch Bollywood and Pakistani movies at Nova Kinosenter at special prices. Movies are often portrayed as mirrors to society. This will be a unique opportunity to experience Indo-Pak movies in theatres in Trondheim.

The festival will culminate with a Panel debate and discussion on “People-people exchange: the way forward to diplomacy” at NTNU. Speakers and panelists will deliberate on general aspects of the topic and dive into specific aspects in regards to Indo-Pak relations. Through this debate, the intelligentsia of the society will be brought to the limelight and their ideas shared to the general public.

See you at the festival.

FotballFeber: A Conversation with Endre Forbord

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Endre Forbord is a portrait, lifestyle and advertising photographer educated at Norsk Fotofagskole. This summer he’s in charge of Football Fever (Fotballfeber) Trondheim 2018! We had a chat with him about this summer’s biggest event in the city.

Photo: Endre Forbord

What is Football Fever?
We will show all the matches from the 2018 World Cup in Russia, starting with Russia versus Saudi Arabia on June 14. The tournament lasts for a month and culminates with the final at July 15. The whole event has free entrance, so everyone is welcome to enjoy this huge football festival in front of a 60 square meters screen at Festningen. We have seats for 4000 people, but there is plenty of extra room for everyone who wants! And of course, we got loads of food and drinks!! You can basically live up there for a month. We will be Trondheim’s biggest outdoor restaurant this summer.

Is there an age limit?

No, this is for football fans of all ages – and of course, we welcome everyone who doesn’t care for the football to enjoy themselves with friends, food, and drinks. There will be different activities throughout the period for both kids and grown-ups! Just beside the area where it all takes place, there will be different activities where you can have fun for hours. Bring the whole family, we can assure great fun for everyone! I can reveal that the world champions in freestyle football, Fagerli Brothers, is having a show for us at the end of the group stage. There will also be a tricks school, freestyle battle and maybe even a world record attempt!

What made you decide to do this huge festival?

Big challenges attract me – and this is such a big challenge that I couldn’t let the opportunity pass. I’ve never done something on this scale before, over a whole month. I must be out of my mind really! But seriously, I can’t imagine a better feeling than giving thousands of people a positive experience through the World Cup this summer. I hear friends talk about their first World Cup and the best World Cup they’ve witnessed. This encourages me to make this World Cup the best for everyone! I feel the goosebumps on my skin just by thinking about it. It truly means a lot to me that I get this chance!

What about your football interest in general?

I have somewhat of an interest, but my level of knowledge is poor. It’s growing on me though! Working with the World Cup really gives me a lot of new information and knowledge. It’s a unique way for me to learn more and take an even bigger interest in the future. I’m really hyped about the World Cup and I can’t wait to follow it through.

So, do you have a favourite player in the tournament?

Ole Selnæs. No, I’m just joking, my favourite player is Carlos Bacca. He is playing for Colombia and I hear they are a fun team to watch. 

What was the first World Cup you have a relation to?

Oh, that was the one in 2008! Was that a World Cup? No, it was in 2010! I was part of an event on Blæst (RIP) where we showed the World Cup in South Africa. That was a lot of fun with a lot of happy trøndere enjoying themselves.

What can we look forward to at the beginning of the World Cup?

We can definitely look forward the opening weekend starting this Thursday with the hosting nation Russia taking on Saudi Arabia. On Friday, we get the first real treat of the tournament when Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal face Andres Iniesta and Spain. It’s definitely going to be a full house this evening.

What happens if the area is full?

If we’re full, we’re full. It’s unfortunate if someone doesn’t get to sit, but there is a way to secure a spot for you and your friends. We have a system where you can book a table up front so that you can skip the line and walk straight to your designated table in front of the big screen. There is already a lot of reservations so for example if you want to have a good view on the big game on Friday, you better get to it sooner rather than later! We have a 50% cut on tables for the opening weekend, so this is guaranteed to be a historic kick-off to Football Fever Trondheim 2018!

Is there something you want to add?

Yes actually, there will be something called BigOne Hour. We will be giving out free pizzas for everyone who wants for an hour every day in the opening weekend. It’s going to be wild!

There are also some days without a game in the playoffs. Here we will have other types of events like the Flashback Summer Festival on July 12. Join our event “Fotballfeber Trondheim 2018” on Facebook for more information in the coming days and weeks. All I can say now is welcome to Trondheim’s biggest football festival ever!