CULTURE & SPORT
Hand in Hand
Why does Norway Communicates choose to combine Culture & Sport? Quite simply, both culture and sport goes hand in hand with nature. The great Norwegian artists, authors and musicians have often found their inspiration in the nature, folklore, traditions and history in this country. The legendary sportsmen and women down through time have felt the mountains and the sea as part of their soul – and have performed as such.
Norwegian Culture and Sport is thriving in its “grassroots”, and in and around each city and town from north to south you will find sports clubs, activities and events as well as a wide range of museums, festivals, exhibitions, concerts and other activities that will entertain and educate you.
Norway Communicates recommends a cyber-trip to the website Visit Norway to learn more about the kaleidoscope of these activities available to visitors here. For those of you living here already – Norwegian or otherwise – check out this amazing website!
The Sporting Life
The great Norwegian sportsmen down through time have often been associated with the winter months here, and with good reason. As they say, “Norwegians are born with skis on their feet”. Norwegians love winter sport and have been exporting sport to the world ever since the first skíð (ski) – Old Norwegian for “stick of wood” – was first used here over 5,000 years ago, and probably long before that.
Acknowledging this love of winter sport, Norway Communicates Sport focuses on the major winter sports championships coming to this country. See the link below.
The spring edition will cover the outdoor sports during warmer weather, because
Norwegian sport is far more than wintertime. The warmer months sees a great part of the population out in the fjords sailing, up in the mountains kayaking and rafting, paragliding, cycling, orienteering, running, fishing – you name it, they do it. And they are very good at it, performing at high levels in international competitions and bringing home more than their share of medals, trophies and accolaides.
Norway is modern and multi-cultural, combining its creative roots with a view to the future and what this creative culture will bring forth through the new generations. Culture in Norway today is characterized by diversity, with artists, musicians, authors and others breaking out through artistic work and activities that are often controversial.
Norwegian children – the creators of tomorrow and certainly not to be ignored – and are enjoying the attention of Cultural Norway through a program initiated by the Ministry of Culture called “Cultural Rucksack”. This program is based in the core belief that children have the same right to access to culture as adults.
Still, the future is rooted in the past, and literary, musical and artistic giants such as Edvard Grieg, Henrik Ibsen, Knut Hamsun, Sigrid Undset and Edvard Munch have laid the traditional groundwork for a cultural environment here in Norway whose success and creativity far outweighs the country’s relatively small population of just 5 million people.
The Norwegian Ministry of Culture is dedicated to diversity within cultural life that result in a varied and active cultural environment for all here in the country. Come and see for yourself!