St. Olav’s Festival – A Celebration That Fills The City

Photo: Asbjørn Haugen

Photo: Asbjørn Haugen

Trondheim is currently hosting the 52nd annual St. Olav’s Festival, or Olavfestsdagene as we say in Norwegian. The festival, which started on the 26th of July and lasts until the 3rd of August, commemorates St. Olav’s martyrdom. The festivities consume the entire city with concerts, cultural enrichment, free events and historical markets.

On the first day, Trondheim’s city center is filled with people, all ready to kickstart the festival with an opening ceremony.  A speech is given by the mayor of Trondheim and all of those involved begin to march towards Nidaros Cathedral. After this short parade, the audience will be tempted with a taste of the festival’s musical entertainment.

Photo: Britt-Arnhild Wigum Lindland

Photo: Britt-Arnhild Wigum Lindland

During the whole festival there’s a Medieval Market, which probably is one of the most famous and popular attractions the event has to offer. If you’re not shopping around for soaps and lotions handmade by nuns on a nearby island, you could relax under the shade of Northern Europe’s most beautiful cathedral, while eating some traditional Norwegian waffles.

Photo: olavsfestdagene.no

Photo: olavsfestdagene.no

One of the first performers to grace the stage during this year’s festival is Hekla Stålstrenga. They are a folk rock band hailing from the Northern part of the country with Norwegian Grammy nominations and a performance at the Oslo Opera house as highlights of their career. Trondheim is looking forward to host this amazing band for the first time.

Photo: Marius Hansen

Photo: Marius Hansen

“Joy, Faith and Future” is a photo exhibition that juxtaposes the lives of six different youth living in Trondheim and six different youth in Ramallah. The photographer, Trine Melhuus, wanted to show the similarities and differences that young people face in these two very different countries. The ultimate goal for Melhuus with this project is to show the audience what is similar and what is different about living in an occupied country like Palestine and living in a country as free as Norway.

Photo: Olavsfestdagene's Website

Photo: Olavsfestdagene’s Website

Another not-to-miss performance is Ylvis on their “Expensive Jacket Tour”. Probably one of the most famous things to come out of Norway in the last ten years was their music video “The Fox” and since then these two brothers have taken over the world of comedy in Norway. In their new music-show they perform all the songs that made them famous along side an array of other satirizing greats.

Photo: Olavfestdagene's Website

Photo: Olavfestdagene’s Website

 

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