It’s the only night of the year when residents can gain access to special and historic buildings, enjoy museums that stay open late or take part in lots of special events from walking tours to street festivals. Oslo Kulturnatt (Oslo Culture Night) is also celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, and it’s all free.
Kulturnatt comprises more than 200 events all over the city, including large-scale video art with live music on the roof of Oslo’s Opera House, and an annual opportunity to climb up to the top of City Hall’s bell tower.
Events actually start in the morning this year, when the Nordic countries’ largest mosque at Furuset opens to the public with an exhibit depicting mosques and Islamic art. Events continue throughout the day with everything from paddling tours along the Aker River to piano classes at Majorstuen School. The Oslo Cathedral (Domkirken) will be open all night as usual on Fridays, this time with concerts and choir performances.
Special access events include entrance to the employees’ cafeteria at the old Freia chocolate factory that features murals by Edvard Munch, guided tours of the old Grønland Fire Station, the National Theater, and Oslo’s old observatory.
See the full program here (external link, in Norwegian).