The List’s photo report: Janove @Byscenen

Our photographer, Kjetil Sandvin Groven, experienced some live music at Byscenen last weekend, which is always our favorite place to catch up with the music scene in Trondheim! Enjoy our photo report from Janove, a concert that was held on Saturday 25 March, and, of course, was sold out.Kjetil_Groven_Websize-2989Kjetil_Groven_Websize_BW-2956Kjetil_Groven_Websize_BW-2835Kjetil_Groven_Websize-2956Kjetil_Groven_Websize_BW-2447

All photos by Kjetil Sandvin Groven

Raw Air in Trondheim

After difficult weather conditions in Holmenkollen, cancellation of a competition in Lillehammer due to strong wind, and chaotic, rapidly changing conditions during the prolog in Granåsen, yesterday’s competition in Trondheim went surprisingly well. The weather compensated jumpers and ski fans for what they have experienced since the beginning of the tournament and allowed for a smooth competition in Granåsen.WP_20170316_18_20_52_Pro Stefan Kraft from Austria won yesterday’s competition in Granåsen taking back the lead in the tournament but also proved his strong position in overall World Cup. Fans that gathered in Trondheim were happy to see Andreas Stjernen on the podium taking second place in the competition. Andreas Willinger was third and it was his ninth podium in the last 10 competitions! Just behind him, Markus Eisenbichler came in fourth scoring only 0.9 less than his colleague from the German team. The winner of prolog, Kamil Stoch from Poland was fifth, followed by another Norwegian, Johan Andre Forfang. Peter Prevc, Richard Freitag, Daniel-Andre Tande, and Roman Koudelka completed the top 10, proving they all are in a great shape.WP_20170316_18_10_34_Pro (1)What exactly the tournament is all about? Raw Air is a Norwegian answer to German-Austrian Four Hills Tournament, one of the most prestigious tournaments in ski jumping. It is also meant to be the most demanding one. Why? It lasts for 10 days without any resting, athletes after one competition head for the next destination and usually compete the same day they arrived at the venue. Qualifications, called prologs and competitions are counted for the overall score. There is literally no time to rest. Four Norwegian hills are hosting ski jumpers and today they just left Trondheim and soon should be arriving in Vikersund. No time to waste, the first competition will be held today’s afternoon. Fingers crossed!WP_20170316_17_16_23_ProWP_20170316_18_53_36_Pro
Words and photos by Kasia Gasiorek

Film reviews: Kosmorama 2017

timthumbYourself and Yours is a truly playful film by a South Korean director Hong Sang-soo. The author has been compared to Woody Allen and there are unmistakable similarities in their cinematic creations. The wittiness and absurdity of their characters and the way the relations between people are shown are strikingly similar.

In Yourself and Yours the director explores modern romance with a focus on its dark sides. The picture starts with conversations which tells a lot about the situation- Minjung’s boyfriend isn’t happy to hear rumors about her heavy drinking and going out with other men. After a violent quarrel Minjung proposes to take a break in the relationship and not to see each other for a while. After that, she mysteriously disappears. Though a person who looks just like her is seen in bars but denies that she is Minjung…

The audience is kept wondering about her true identity and by the time Youngsoo finds her again, it’s not known whether she really has a twin, or somebody looks just like her. However, her boyfriend is smart enough now to play along as she pretends to not know him either… “You shouldn’t call strangers “my dear””, she says.

Hong Sang- soo leads the audience into a mysterious reality, where everyday life meets other dimensions. In the the end of the film Minjung brings pieces of watermelon and while eating, brings up that “we should always eat them like this”. The audience, however, has learned from the stories of the film that nothing is stable and predictable in this relationship, and sometimes it’ s just better to seize the moment instead of trying to catch and keep it…timthumb (1)
Nowhere to Hide is another film that I got a chance to watch during Kosmorama 2017.

It touches completely different topic, however. The main character and cameraman of the documentary, Nowhere to Hide, is a medic and a father of four, called Nori Sharif. Nowhere to Hide follows Nori through 5 years of changes in the war-torn Diyala region. This is one of the most dangerous areas in the middle of Iraq, also called „the death triangle”.

From the moment of the American retreat to the fall of Nori’s hometown, we can follow him filming stories of his friends, patients, deceased and survivors, and soon he himself becomes the main character of the film.

“This used to be a very peaceful place, life used to be simple here”, says the main character in the middle of the fields, where sheep and shepherds are the only ones as far as an eye can see. A shepherd boy asks to send him some dance music to his mobile phone and they start dancing.

In general terms, he sees common things in both war and sickness, which are diagnosis and symptoms. He struggles with defining the diagnosis of the war presented, however. He doesn’t find the logic of the war, just symptoms. They diversify, and thus the track to diagnosis is lost again and again.

The picture won a prestigious IDFA best documentary movie prize earlier in 2016.timthumb (2)Words by Zane Datava

Theatre play review: Langligger

Pressebilde2 Langligger Photo Vegard Schjelderup Wigum.jak-zmniejszyc-fotke_plEven though the story is told in a darkly humoristic and ironic manner, it is far from entertaining because of the topic it covers. An actress, Coby Omvlee tells a personal story of an unfortunate accident and following long hospital and health center stays she has experienced.

Not accusing anyone directly, Coby Omvlee is revisiting her time at the hospital after an accident, trying to understand the medical system in contemprorary Norway and aiming to find out where and why it fails. As I said, no one is directly accused, and all opinions have been taken into account. The author has interviewed many (many!) doctors, nurses, historians, journalists, hospital managers and researchers and interviews are included in the performance.pressebilde1 Langligger Vegard Schjelderup Wigum.jak-zmniejszyc-fotke_plIn a true documentary art manner, authors use excerpts from interviews and hospital equipment to personal photos to tell the story. The video, light projections, shadow plays, and helicopter roaring bring us to the long, routinized days of a hospital stay. Quite symbolically it is the intestine system that has suffered in the accident.

Consequently, the research is deep and aims to the guts of the system.Furthermore, the question of how environmentally friendly hospitals are is being asked. The actress has collected many plastic trays and other disposable equipment hospitals use and throw every day. She’s planning to make an artwork out of that!

Partly being a psychological self-healing, the performance aims to initiate deeper discussion about the medical system in Norway and first and foremost, actualize the need of bringing agency back to the people, the patients, so they would not anymore be seen as a “biomass” or a case of the system, but as human beings and individuals. I have a feeling that daringly asked questions deeply resonate with the theater audience on a windy Sunday evening, and they are going to be re-questioned.

Words by Zane Datava
Photos by Vegard Schjelderup Wigum

Kosmorama 2017: In Defense of Food

Eat Food. Not too much. Mostly plants.

These are the cornerstone guidelines of Michael Pollan’s film, In Defense of Food. The film, a less tedious version of his novel under the same name, effectively ebbs and flows between hard scientific facts, shocking statistics and entertaining visuals and storylines. Engaging, informative, and incredibly thought-provoking (dare I say potentially life-altering?), the film is essentially Mr. Pollan-backed by numerous notable scientists, doctors and researchers-imploring the viewer to educate themselves on our currently detrimental relationship with what we eat, and how we eat it. vegetables-1584999_1920Eat food. Or, more specifically, eat real food. Food that your great-great-grandmother would recognize if you put it in front of her.Food that isn’t processed, or altered, or added to or taken away from.

Not too much. This seems obvious. But what most people don’t consider is that we are constantly bombarded and surrounded by food, and lots of it. It takes self-control and knowledge of what your body actually needs to avoid this pitfall.

Mostly plants. Vegetarians and vegans rejoice! It is abundantly clear that, based upon an incredible amount of scientific research, humans are much, much healthier if they eat a mostly (or completely) plant-based diet. Risk of certain cancers, heart disease, and diabetes can all be significantly, if not entirely, reduced simply by eating more plants and less meat and dairy

You are what you eat, after all!

Words by Courtney Lineback

Visiting Technoport 2017 – The Human Factor

The theme behind this year’s Technoport conference is based wholly on the humans behind technology; the interaction between society and technology. How the two connect, feed upon each other and make society as we know it possible. The fact is, in the world as we know it today, one cannot exist without the other.  As speaker Wiebe Bijker of Maastric University explained on day one: “Society is technically built but technology is socially constructed.”

Making the impossible normal
Technoport’s 2017 programme consists of several interesting personalities, with the opening speaker having acted out what for many was a childhood dream; visiting Space. Colonel & Astronaut Chris Hadfield of NASA inspired the audience talking about “The necessity to inspire the young. To imprint upon them a sense of normal that is different from the one we grew up with.”

Hadfield painted a picture of our earliest ancestors, who realized that using a sharp rock would enable you to cut things, like food, revolutionized the world for humans at that time.

Chris Hadfield
Chris Hadfield at Technoport 2017

When Hadfield joked about how if we ever get the chance to go into space, we should use a straw to drink the water, otherwise the bubble will burst, it made the everyone in the main room chuckle. For most of the delegates (around 1000 of us) attending Technoport – the idea of going into space is a far fetched one, a thought that we would never even let ourselves fantasize about now that we are adults. But what Hadfield is saying, is that when our children tell us they want to become an astronaut, tells us that they want to save the world, that they have an idea which will minimize pollution, or maximize food crops, we shouldn’t laugh at them or pat them on the head. Instead we should indulge them, challenge their ideas, make them further develop the notions they have started talking about, we should let them try out their ideas in practicality. Perhaps they will fail, not only once, but many many times. After all, only the human factor can make real changes in the world and sometimes you have to fail in order to succeed later in life. If it were not for the inventors, the entrepreneurs, the people in these seats, the people populating the planet, we would still be making breakfast without knives and without fire.


And in the end it is all up to us, what future do we want to build? For ourselves and for our children? Why should we colonize the moon, or any other planet for that sake? Well, do as Hadfield and think of a space ship as the Viking ships of our age. In order to expand our society, inhabit other areas, seek other futures for ourselves and future generations, one must think outside the box. This is why we must teach our children to not be afraid to use their brains to solve problems that we face today. Hunger, pollution, diseases to mention but a few. We have to build a society where innovation meets humanity, it is out duty to make the impossible seem normal.

Does such a thing as a shitty idea really exist?
Let’s take a step back to 1885, and imagine Roentgens concept of the X-ray machine, a machine that could see what is on the inside of a patient. Impossible, surely? Not know that we know better, I mean we can use video communication to talk to people on the other side of the planet, we can fly drones in a country far away, all these abnormal ideas that came from SOMEWHERE. It’s a bit like Simone Giertz aka the Queen of Shitty Robots said earlier in the morning. “When I made that helmet which brushed my teeth for me, it was just for fun, I was making fun of myself, but it blew my mind when I got several comments saying that my idea was good! That something like this would really revolutionize the lives of people with mobility issues.”

Simone Giertz
Simone Giertz at Technoport 2017

Through my work in a communications agency in Trondheim, we always work on the assumption that no idea is a bad one… Okay, we all know that’s not strictly true – there will always be a couple of really crap ideas in amongst the 100’s that come up in a day of workshops. But the point behind this thinking is that you DO NOT KNOW which idea will be the good one and which is the shitty one before you delve deeper into it.

So the lesson from today is – don’t be afraid to think outside the box, or to encourage your children to – we never know which might be the next idea to transform our lives and reality as we know it. Day two, here we come….

Photos: Wil Lee-Wright for Technoport


Trondheim International Film Festival is an annual event taking place between 6 and 12 March. Kosmorama embraces a wide variety of cinematic experiences through an extensive film program. This year featuring: New Directors Award, Gourmet Cinema, Kosmokids – the children’s own mini film festival and the Kanonprisen Award Show – a film award show where the industry votes for the most promising films from the previous year. Filmquiz with the Norwegian radio show Filmpolitiet, Virtual Reality and other experiences are also included in the program.Kosmorama_inbetween_05The festival had its upstart in 2005 and has since aimed to provide its guests with film, social events, unique experiences and with inspiration from all around the world. Films are either in English or are shown with English subtitles.170222_391_kosmokids-adressa Not sure which film you want to see? We recommend you read interviews with Silje and Ola, people behind Kosmorama, who in the last issue of The List speaks about how the films are being chosen and what are their favourite positions in this year’s edition. Program can be found here.

Words by Zane Datava
Photos by Kosmorama

Issue 15 hit the streets!

The List Issue 15-cover This time of year has a sense of refresh, renew and restart. Join The List Trondheim in a Great Get Away from winter and old routines and say hi to spring! (it’s coming, right?)TEST_93A0497 copyCoastal Museum in Stadsbygd _93A0263 copy Let us take you on a journey into what Trondheim has to offer in terms of events, exhibitions, and workshops. Learn about must-sees at Kosmorama 2017 and find out what Wedding Fair at Fretex Nardo is all about.The List will also take you outside Trondheim on a mysterious tour across the fjord, introduce you to a concept of green travels in Trøndelag and sustainable shopping, as well as share Trondheim’s Deputy Mayor thoughts on sustainable tourism for development.Wil_Lee-Wright_photo_Rissa_Kommune_93A0078 copy Want to learn more? Go, pick up a copy from our usual distribution spots such as Bror, Selma Bar og Pizza, Norsk Husfliden, Sellanraa Bok&Bar, Vitensentret, Jacobsen og Svart, Kafé Soil or Troll Restaurant, and many many more. Keep your eyes wide open!

Photos by Wil Lee- Wright Photography
Words by Kasia Gasiorek

ISFiT review #3: The Syrian Monologues

Word and photos by Jeanette Mauricio

Syrian monologues

A woman sitting in a bed where an old man is covered with white sheets. This is how the Syrian monologues start, a play that tells seven stories that can be the stories of thousands of people escaping a war.IMG_7713 It is a story of a daughter whose father suffers from cancer. He feels guilty because his sickness forced the family to stay. She sees her father dying in the hospital during a surgery but not because of cancer but of the lack of medical equipment and oxygen.

The daughter left Syria against her will. All the stories have the same feeling: they do not want to leave their country. All of them want to go back to Syria, back to their routine that used to make them happy.

Some of them ended up in Jordan. The place where this play has its origins. In 2014 ASHTAR was invited to initiate a project with Syrian refugees in Amman. They worked with 120 refugees from different ages but only a few decided to write their own stories. The stories were presented on the World Refugee Day the following year. This is, however, not the first time ASHTAR theater gathered testimonies. They started in 2010 when young people from Gaza wrote about their experiences of the Israeli aggression on Gaza and the siege. The project not only aimed to make others aware of the topic, but also became a tool for young people to cope with traumas from the aggressions.

According to the Amnesty International, more than four million of refugees from Syria are in the neighboring countries such as Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq, and Egypt.

The project is an international solidarity call for artists living in countries where Syrian refugees are fleeing to. It aims at raising the voices of Syrian refugees, at sharing their stories of agony and displacement, at sharing their dreams for safety and for a return to their homes and at helping them to fulfill them.
These experiences have driven ASHTAR Theatre to launch an artistic call in the hope that theater makers from different host communities of Syrian refugees will join us in this project.IMG_7730


ISFiT review #2: The Flying Seagull Project, Latrice Royale and A talk between Peace Prize Laureates

Words by Zane Datava, Jelena Sitar and Sukhanwar Gulabuddin
Photos by

It is Saturday afternoon in Trondheim, both adults and children sit in the circular entrance room at Samfundet eagerly waiting for the beginning of the show. The Flying Seagull Project creates new worlds out of the given surroundings. Dressed like the pirates and treasure hunters, actors play simple sketches. They use everything what is available around, and only a few things except music instruments. The Flying Seagull project creator’ s richest and never ending material is the audience, both adults and children get involved in cheerful, funny episodes of events, and all laugh together, dance, and play. digfr0535.jak-zmniejszyc-fotke_pl A new ‘world’ performers create is a little more exciting, more livable, a lot more free, and funnier than the everyday life reality. That is what is needed in many places and their mode of playing doesn’t require using any language or special settings. Their goal and philosophy is to bring smiles for those who need it, as they recognize it as a basic human right. Since 2007 they have been around the world, spreading smiles in refugee camps, hospitals, orphanages, and slums, among other places.

ISFIT has brought them to Trondheim, and they received a warm welcome.digfr0534.jak-zmniejszyc-fotke_pl (1)digfr0529.jak-zmniejszyc-fotke_pl

Now it’s Saturday night. People run up the stairs charging to the door to get a seat as close to Latrice as possible. The hall is getting filled with tension and excitement in awaiting Latrice Royale to come to the stage.

Here she comes, with an emotional and uplifting theme focusing on her life story. The songs treat about her life and having a positive outlook, loving yourself and believing in yourself, as well as not regretting mistakes but learning from them and being grateful for all the experiences you had. They made you who you are. She also sings a related song, which is a Broadway classic “I am what I am.”digfs1073.jak-zmniejszyc-fotke_plIn the end, the audience is given a proper cathartic moment, as Latrice goes off the stage and walks and dances among the people gathered. It gets even more emotional when Latrice’s fiancé, the pianist, asks the audience to sing her a birthday song in Norwegian. After singing the classic “Happy Birthday” in Norwegian, the crowd starts singing the special Norwegian birthday song which brings Latrice to tears. Love is in the air, and standing ovation seems not to have any end. We are not going to forget that night.digfs1071.jak-zmniejszyc-fotke_pl

Then, finally, it’s Sunday early afteroon and a talk between Peace Prize Laureates. Dr. Shirin Ebadi and Ayat Al-Qurmeziwere are invited to share their views and concerns on the course of peace in ISFiT 2017.

Dr. Ebadi, the first speaker of the session, focuses on the role of young people in the fight against discrimination and making the world less discriminated and safer place for everyone.
“In many parts of the world, politicians are talking about building up walls to divide people- but sooner or later the walls will be demolished by people, as we witnessed the case of the Berlin wall. But I am more concerned about the walls that they want to build between our hearts, and you as young generation make sure to erase such boundaries and gaps which separate our hearts and build bridges to unite the world,” says Shirin Ebadi. According to her, ISFiT is a good model of diversity, where young people have a platform for dialogue and getting to know different cultures and civilizations. This is crucial in shaping a future based on trust, tolerance and mutual respect.

Ayat Al-Qurmezi, a young human rights activist and the Students’ Peace Prize winner, also delivers a touching speech highlighting her personal journey and fight for justice and freedom. On 2011, Ayat was arrested and sentenced to one year in prison after she joined a protest and read her revolutionary/critical poem against the corrupt regime in Bahrain. Sher was released after spending three months in a cell on a condition to stay quiet and not further oppose the government policy and system. She says “I made my first press interview, as I just steeped out of the jail because I had a strong commitment to fight for the rights and freedom of my people.”

Ayat believes that there is always a double standard in some countries, and one gets support based on nationality or passport identification, not as equal human beings. “You might know that, how much people suffer every day, even they get killed, but none of you even add our national flag on your Facebook profiles to show solidarity, because we are not from Paris,” she adds.