If you are visiting Mid-Norway this summer set aside some time to experience the region’s local cultural events from the Blues in Hell Festival to FIA World Rallycross Championship.
Mid-Norway is full of cultural events in the summer months. Travel around the Værnes region by Trondheim Airport for some unexpected events that will leave you with lasting memories. If you love a good guitar riff and soulful singing or perhaps you prefer the engine roar of fast rally cars then check out the offerings in the coming months.
Step back in time at St. Olav Festival
St. Olav Festival is one of Norway’s largest cultural festivals and takes place in Trondheim, set against the magnificent backdrop of Nidaros Cathedral and the Arch Bishop’s Palace. Here you can enjoy a number of concerts, browse the medieval market stalls and watch a middle age reenactment and battle. The event attracts pilgrims from across Europe who make the journey to this incredible religious site, as their ancestors did thousands of years before them.
July 28 - August 2 | http://www.olavsfestdagene.no/en/
Blues in Hell
Yes, that’s right. Ever wondered what it’s like in Hell? You can find out in Mid-Norway. Situated near Trondheim Airport is a small village called Hell, most famous for its annual International Blues Festival. The event guarantees an uplifting and eclectic mix of concerts. Some of the best cultural experiences happen in small places and this is one of them. Since its inception in 2008, it has been voted The Best Blues Festival and The Best Small Festival in Europe. Quite an achievement. During the festival, you can enjoy music from John Mayall, Davina, Michael Roach, Jørn Hoel & the Blue Groove and an emotional tribute to one of times greatest soul singers, The Etta James Experience.
September 3-6 | http://www.bluesinhell.no/ (not available in English)
Mozart’s ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ at Opera Week
Blues is far from the only thing Mid-Norway has to offer when it comes to music. Local communities often put on historic reenactments, plays and shows in the summer months. On August 16, enjoy the beautiful tones of song and music from Mozart’s ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ at Ersgard. This performance, and many others including outdoor operas, are organized by Opera Trøndelag as part of a two week celebration of this classical genre. If you love the international language of opera then book tickets for one of the many concerts and events.
August 1-16 | http://operatrondelag.no/operauka/ (not available in English)
FIA World Rallycross Championship
If you prefer a faster pace, adrenaline and the roar of engines, go to the FIA World Rallycross Championship in Hell. Join over 20,000 spectators for the eighth round of this European race at Lånke. It is easy to become wrapped up in the amazing atmosphere. Will you cheer on last year’s champion, Norwegian Peter Solberg, to another world champion title or perhaps your favorite driver as they navigate the exciting and hilly circuit? After the race celebrations, the festivities continue into the evening with a concert from local musicians DDE.
August 21-23 | http://www.fiaworldrallycross.com/event/40/hell
The coming months in this region are full of exciting entertainment whether you like a good guitar riff, classical performances or joining other petrol-heads in a race. If you are staying at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Trondheim Airport, our staff will assist with booking tickets for these events or help you find out what other cultural happenings are on in the local area during your visit