Music festival season in Oslo


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If it’s any time of year that Oslo is crammed with music festivals, it sure is August. Wether you prefer jazz, unplugged or chamber music, Oslo got you covered. 

Oslo Jazz Festival
The jazz festival in Oslo has been arranged for 33 years now, a week long festival with up to 90 concerts in Oslo. This year it’s between the 12th and 18th of August. Spread on 15-18 places in the city center, you can experience all type of jazz, from international stars to local talents. On Karl Johan you can experience free concerts. The program can be found on Oslo Jazz Festival’s website.

Oslo Chamber Music Festival
Between the 17th to 26st of August, Oslo Chamber Music Festival takes place across Oslo. It’s for those who already have a passion for chamber music, and for those who wish to experience it. More information and full program can be found on Oslo Chamber Music Festival’s website and tickets can be found here. 

Øya Music Festival
Øya is a festival to count on; it’s one of Oslo’s largest music festivals that takes place in Tøyenparken (in city district of Tøyen) for four days. Every year international artists and newcomers comes to Øya Music Festival. This year artists like Lana Del Ray, Ryan Adams and The Hellacopters are coming. Get your tickets here.

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Three beaches that’s perfect for a hot summer day in Oslo!


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In July and August, the temperature can really be on your good side during your visit to Oslo! If you’re in the mood for some swimming and sunbathing, here’s three beaches and cliffs that’s perfect on a hot summer’s day. 

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Huk Beach and Paradisbukta (the paradise bay) is among the most popular places to go for a swim in Oslo. Located on the peninsula of Bygdøy, it’s the outdoor recreation area for locals year ’round, but for summer it’s great for swimming. Close to Huk Beach is a nudist beach, just so you know… To get here, take Bus 30 to station Huk and do it early, this place is popular!

Brekkedammen, Kjelsås
Brekkedammen is located at the northern end of Akerselva river, and is all year a popular recreation area. In the summer it’s a perfect place to go swimming, because of the refreshing water in the river. To go here, take the bus to Kjeldsås stasjon.

Svarttjern-parken, Romsås
Take the tram to Romsås and you will arrive to a cute little beach in between houses. The beach was renovated for approx. NOK 13 million in 2009, and is now accessible, clean and very popular among the residents.

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Summer cinema in Stockholm

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Every year, Stockholm Film Festival arranges Sommarbio – Summer Cinema – a week of out-door movie screenings. Here’s the movies you can see this year and all you need to know. 

On the 16th of August, it’s finally time for this year’s week of summer cinema in Rålambshovsparken on Fridhemsplan (Kungsholmen city district). Every year there’s a special theme, 2017 it’s the 80s! Every movie starts at around 21.00 (when the sun sets) and is completely free. In the area you can buy popcorn, hotdogs and much more. This year’s schedule looks as below:

– Wednesday 16/8 – Do the Right Thing by Spike Lee
– Thursday 17/8 – My neighbour Totoro by Hayao Mizayaki
– Friday 18/8 – Dirty Dancing by Emile Ardolino
– Saturday 19/8 – The Big Blue by Luc Besson
– Sunday 20/8 – Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown by Pedro Almodóvar

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Movie nights at Tivoli, Copenhagen

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During the whole summer, the amusement park in Copenhagen – Tivoli – offers free movie nights (included in the admission) in the garden. What better way to enjoy a warm summer evening than to enjoy a good movie in the open air?! 

First and foremost it’s classic movies that’s offered during the movie nights at Tivoli. Or how does Grease, Groundhog Day, Top Gun and Singin’ in the rain sound to you? The movies start at 20.00 at selected dates, you can find the whole list here. Enjoy!

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Classical Summer Concerts at Vigeland Museum


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If you’re into both art and classical music, this venue for a concert will suite you very well. Classical Summer Concerts together with the beautiful works of Gustav Vigeland, what else could you ask for?

Every summer, the Norwegian violinist Ole Böhn arranges concerts at the courtyard of the Vigeland Museum. The museum is located close to the Vigeland Park, at Nobels gate 32, and tickets (NOK 220 each) are sold at the museum at noon the same day as the concerts it to take place. The best thing is that if you want to explore the museum, it’s included in the ticket-price! Every concert starts at 14.00. In the schedule for July, you’ll find a mix of Bach and Mozart, the full schedule can be found on Vigeland Museum’s website.

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The Park Theatre in Stockholm – Culture bonanza!


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Every summer in Stockholm an organisation called Parkteatern (the park theatre) arranges musical events, theatres and dance performances for free in Stockholm’s many parks. Wether you like to watch a play, listen to opera or folk music, it’s all available throughout the summer, and it’s all for free. 

The arrangement has been done since 1942 and always has something for every taste and age. It’s financed by taxes and let’s the residents and visitors of Stockholm enjoy a big cake of culture. In 2017, Parkteatern is expected to perform over 160 performances. Most of the range is in Swedish, but there are some grain of golds in English too. Below is a range, the full program available in English is found here.

– July 15th, you can watch Jazz in Galärparken, Djurgården. From 14-19 you can listen to jazz artists from Sweden, Denmark and Iceland.
– July 19th, you can participate in 5 Folk Festival in Kungsträdgården, where dancers and musicians from Sweden’s five national minorities perform, concert starts at 17.00.
– July 26th, it’s time for dancing in Kungsträdgården! Performances will be done with traditional dance from the Nordic, Arabic and Balkan countries from 18.00 – 20.00.
– July 30th, ABBA-fans will be pleased in Galärparken, when the tribute band The Visitors play some of the greatest songs from the famous band, starting at 18.00.
– August 3rd, it’s time to hit some high notes on Långholmen Amphitheater when the trio Divine will do solos from famous operas, starting at 19.00.
– August 16th, there will be dancing when the Danish Dancing Theatre performs at 19.00 in Vitabergsparken.

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