Culture nights happen in many cities around the world and are a wonderful way to immerse yourself in art, culture and entertainment without straining your wallet. In Oslo the tradition is 14 years strong, taking place every year in September. The event is organised by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Oslo Municipality, in partnership with cultural institutions throughout the city, and it continues to grow bigger and more impressive with each coming year.
During Oslo Culture Night, culture institutions, entertainment venues and several prestigious buildings extend their opening hours until well past midnight. Some buildings, one of them being Oslo City Hall, offer access to rooms and wings that are usually not open to the public. But perhaps the strongest selling point of this one-night festival is that it offers something for everyone. From concerts, dance shows and lectures to parties, film screenings and markets, these free events allow you to attend as many as your feet can endure.
This year, Oslo Culture Night will take place on 14 September, promising 250 diverse events taking place all over the city. How would you feel about tower climbing at Oslo City Hall? Or going on a cruise to Oslofjord? You could also enjoy an outdoor screening of Donnie Darko at Nedre Foss Park, listen to live music on the rooftop of Oslo Opera or take a ‘guided hipster tour’ of Grünerløkka.
Whatever you choose, you won’t go hungry or thirsty, as there will be plenty of food and drink vendors scattered across the city to provide you with sustenance for your adventurous night in Oslo. Peruse the full programme of Oslo Culture Night on the event website and take your pick. As there are no tickets for the events, all you have to do is show up – just be aware that some popular events may be crowded, so be there early.