There were so many events going on in Oslo this weekend that residents faced some tough choices about how to spend some time off. From the annual Norwegian Wood outdoor concert in the Frogner Park to Shakespeare inside the courtyard of the historic Akershus Fortress, events included both home-grown and imported players.
The weekend got underway with hundreds of sailboats sailing down the Oslo Fjord in one of the biggest regattas in the world, the Færderseilasen. It runs from the capital’s inner harbour south to the Færder lighthouse, before all the boats in a variety of classes tie up at Horten sometime on Saturday. The armada started off in warm, sunny weather and attracted thousands of spectators along the piers at Aker Brygge and Tjuvholmen.
Musical entertainment on offer during the weekend ranged from Patti Smith and Jackson Browne at Norwegian Wood, among others, to the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra putting on a free outdoor concert at the Sagene district’s Myraløkka at 3pm on Sunday. Middle Ages music was also on offer inside the cloister ruins on the island known as Hovedøya in the Oslo Fjord, reached by regularly scheduled boat from Aker Brygge. Concerts, also free, were scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening at 7:15pm.
In case of rain, Oslo’s museums are full of special exhibits, from new war memorials at the Defense Museum inside Akershus to Van Gogh at the Munch Museum. Gardeners were invited to an outdoor market and seminars at the farm Geitmyra Gård, while the city was also formally opening a new harbour promenade that runs along Oslo’s waterfront from Bygdøy in the west to Sørenga in the east. Special events would be held along the route from to 4pm on Sunday.