What's on at UiO
Every day, UiO is buzzing with professional, cultural and social activity! Keep an eye on what's going on by regularly checking the events calender at the bottom of your personal homepage and on UiO's English homepage.
Specifically, we would like to draw your attention to the following events:
- Cultural lunch (Lunsj med kultur) - free concerts on Fridays 12:15-12:45 at the University Library at Blindern Campus (map)
- The Committee for Cultural and Social Activities at UiO organises a varied program of cultural and social activities for employees, guests and their families, e.g. trips to the theatre, concerts, excursions and parties. Subscribe to the e-mail serve list to be notified about up-coming events!
- The Special Events program contributes a large variety of cultural and social elements to academic life at UiO. It has been developed mainly with the interests and needs of international students in mind. However, many of its offerings may also appeal to more senior academics and accompanying familiy. Everyone affiliated with UiO is most welcome! Some activities come at a modest fee, many are free of charge. Check out the program and make use of this wonderful opportunity to meet fun and enterprising people from across the globe!
What's on in Oslo
Oslo is a city full of contrasts and variety. Its beautiful location between the Oslo fjord and forested hills, in combination with all its facilities of a modern metropolis, makes it an exciting city for its inhabitants and visitors alike. Check out the following links for the perfect ways to spend your leisure time!
For up-to-date information on cultural events and social activities in Oslo, please see the following websites:
- VisitOslo (visitoslo.com)
- Streetwise - your budget guide to Oslo (use-it.unginfo.oslo.no)
- Tourist Information Centre (visitoslo.com)
- Oslopuls (aftenposten.no) (Norwegian, but easy to navigate)
- The e-mail service Events List provides a comprehensive overview in English of up-coming events every Friday. Events List is a non-profit, community service intended for individuals of the English speaking community in and around Oslo. Individuals may receive their own free copy of the Events List by sending an e-mail with the word *Request* in the subject line to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Norway International Network (NIN) (ninside.org) is an organization for foreigners studying, working or living in Norway, and for Norwegians interested in meeting people from different cultures. NIN holds monthly thematic seminars on insightful professional and cultural topics. Many social activities and parties are also organized to make NIN a fun, interesting, and social interactive group at all times. Members use the Internet forum to communicate info and tips, express their needs, and make new friends.
- Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art (afmuseet.no)
- International Museum of Children's Art (barnekunst.no)
- Munch Museum (munchmuseet.no)
- National Museum (nasjonalmuseet.no)
- Vigeland Park & Museum (vigeland.museum.no)
Films are usually shown in their original language with Norwegian subtitles. Children films are usually dubbed to Norwegian.
Oslo has several film festivals throughout the year:
- Oslo Fusion International Film Festival (oglff.org) - Gay films, September
- Films from the South (filmfrasor.no) - October
Museums and exhibitions
- Nobel's Peace Centre (nobelpeacecenter.org)
- Kon-Tiki Museum (kon-tiki.no)
- Viking Ship Museum (khm.uio.no) - free entry for UiO employees, bring your UiO ID card
- Norwegian Museum of Cultural History (norskfolke.museum.no) - free entry for UiO employees, bring your UiO ID card
- Center for Studies of Holocaust and Religious Minorities (hlsenteret.no)
- Oslo Philharmonic (ofo.no) for classical symphonic concerts
- Oslo Konserthus (konserthus.no) (Norwegian) Oslo's main concert hall
- Norwegian Opera & Ballet (operaen.no) the new opera and ballet house at Bjørvika
- Norwegian Academy of Music (nmh.no) offers a rich program of high quality student concerts free of charge
- Cultural lunch free concerts on Fridays 12:15-12:45 in the University Library
- Oslo Spektrum (oslospektrum.no) for large pop/rock concerts
- Rockefeller Music Hall & John Dee Live Club & Pub (rockefeller.no) for smaller pop/rock/jazz concerts
- Oslo has several music festivals throughout the year:
- Oslo International Church Music Festival (oslokirkemusikkfestival.no) - March
- Norwegian Wood (norwegianwood.no) - June
- Oslo Jazz Festival (oslojazz.no) - August
- Oyafestivalen (oyafestivalen.com) - August
- Oslo Chamber Music Festival (oslokammermusikkfestival.no) - August
- Ultima - Oslo Contemporary Music Festival (ultima.no) - September/October
- Oslo World Music Festival (osloworld.no) - October/November
Outdoor activities & sports
- Oslo City Council's Information on Outdoor Recreation (oslo.kommune.no) (Norwegian)
- VisitOslo's suggestions for Outdoor Activities (visitoslo.com)
- SiO Sport Centres around Oslo for students and employees at the University of Oslo
- The University of Oslo's company sports team (UiOBIL) for employees at UiO
- Public swimming pools in Oslo (oslo.kommune.no) (Norwegian)
- Norwegian Trekking Association (DNT) (turistforeningen.no), Norway's largest outdoor activities organization
- Association for the Promotion of Skiing (skiforeningen.no) (Norwegian)
- Royal Palace (kongehuset.no)
- Akershus Fortress and Castle (forsvarsbygg.no)
- Holmenkollen Ski Jump and Ski Museum (holmenkollen.com)
- City Hall (visitoslo.com)
- Parliament (stortinget.no)
In Norway most theatre productions are in Norwegian. However there are a few theatres which specialize in productions in English.
- Nationaltheatret (nationaltheatret.no)
- Det Norske Teater (detnorsketeatret.no) (Norwegian)
- Oslo Nye Teater (oslonye.no) (Norwegian)
- Black Box Theatre (blackbox.no) - theatre productions in English
- Nordic Black Theatre (nordicblacktheatre.no) (Norwegian) - Nordic Black Theatre is a theatre and a theatre school that has it's main focus upon actors and youth from the Third World
- Oslo has several music festivals throughout the year: