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Wednesday, July 17, 2024

‘The Gathering’ won’t gather this year

It had become part of Easter traditions in Norway, but after more than 30 years of assembling youth with a passion for new technology, the annual event known as “The Gathering” has been cancelled this year. Attendance has fallen, but organizers claim the event will return.

“It’s not the end for ‘The Gathering,’ but this year’s event was cancelled after a joint evaluation from the board and management,” Trine Haanes of the event’s leadership told newspaper VG.

It was traditionally held in the large hall in Hamar built for speedskating during the 1994 Olympics. It attracted as many as 5,000 youngsters who opted to spend their Easter holidays together, hunkered down in front of computers instead of going out skiing. The Gathering had to be cancelled in both 2020 and 2021, however, because of the pandemic, and attendance fell to around 3,000 afterwards.

Haanes stressed, though, that “this is an event that we really care about, and it’s an important place for children and youth to meet others with shared interests,” Haanes said. “We have every intention of coming again with a new event.” staff




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