Now in its 14th year, Oslo Culture Night packs a kaleidoscopic range of cultural events into one long evening. A variety of concerts, classes, lectures, exhibitions, tours, and dance shows are all available on this fun-filled night when the city’s streets are filled with young and old enjoying everything Oslo has to offer.
During this year’s event you will have the chance to see video art set to live music on the roof of the opera house, join a Bollywood dance workshop at Melahuset, or test your drawing skills with a live naked model in Vigeland Park (courtesy of Oslo’s naturist association). For something a little different, try one of the free guided hipster tours of Grünerløkka.
There are more than 250 different activities taking place at a total of 200 venues across Oslo. Events are scheduled all over the city, so wherever you find yourself there’s sure to be something worth checking out.
In addition to the cultural activities, several buildings will be offering special access on Culture Night. In recent years the Norwegian Parliament building, for example, has opened its doors for the whole public to enter and explore, while the haunting, evocative Emanuel Vigeland Mausoleum offered special nighttime tours.
If past years are anything to go by, the Oslo City Hall will allow visitors access to the roof on one of its two towers, from where you can enjoy a fantastic view across the harbour and the city. This is one of the only times the tower is open to the public, so the lines are long every year – if you’re interested, come early!
See also: 40 free things to do in Oslo