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Ålesund Live will this year bring you Bo Kaspers Orkester among other acts.
a whole.” Stokke pauses, smiling. “And, we’ve learnt a lot along the way.”
Terminalen Byscene: a cultural meeting point Although the team behind Momentium comes across as both enthusiastic and humble, a description of their work would be futile without mentioning dreams and ambitions. Giving back to the community of Ålesund and the greater area of Sunnmøre has always been at the top of the list for the company – but doing so in style is, well, part of the package. “The thing is: Ålesund has lacked a live arena fit for big stars, so tours often exclude our town. Thus, people have to travel somewhere else to experience those truly memorable shows, and far from everyone can do that,” says Stokke about the beginnings of Momentium’s Terminalen Byscene, an old bus station refurbished into an activity centre, arena and culture house all in one. Inaugurated in April 2015 with a sold-out gig by the aforementioned HighasaKite, Terminalen has further established Momentium as a major player in the Norwegian cultural industries. “It’s the arena Ålesund’s people deserve. And
the best thing about it is how versatile it’s become. In addition to hosting concerts and gigs, it works as a meeting point in the name of culture, with literature talks, bingo nights and kids’ activity days,” says Stokke proudly.
Elton John to Ålesund While Sommerfesten, Ålesund Live and Jugendfest are still the showpieces of the Momentium music collection, drawing thousands and thousands of people from all over the country each year (45 per cent of whom are not local), the company is behind a number of events at all times. Recently, the team revealed some big news – namely that they are bringing Elton John to Ålesund on 30 June. “The interest has been out of this world,” says Stokke. “I’m thrilled that we’ve been able to give the people up here the chance to see such a huge star. It’s something we’ve been working on for a long time.” He says there are too many things he looks forward to in 2016 to choose a favourite. “Seeing Terminalen continue its development as an established cultural institution… Jugendfest with 23,000 people coming to celebrate with us in August… all of it. Just all of it,” he concludes.
Ålesund Live: See Bo Kaspers Orkester and many more. Takes place on 10-11 June at St. Olavs Plass, Ålesund.
Sommerfesten på Giske: Experience these artists and more on stage: – Karpe Diem – Marcus & Martinus – DeLillos – Astrid S – Sondre Justad – Marit Larsen – Band of Gold Sommerfesten takes place on 2 July at Øygardshamna, Giske.
Jugendfest: See Europe and many more. Takes place on 19-20 August at Color Line Stadion, Ålesund.
See momentium.no for more information about events, dates and artists.
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Promoting Brand Scandinavia. Featuring interview with Ace Wilder.