Kilden Performing Arts Centre
Anyone who enjoys theatre, symphony orchestra, chamber music, opera or concerts in general should pay a visit to Kilden Performing Arts Centre in Kristiansand. It is almost impossible to not notice this special building. This stunning piece of architecture is located at the very edge of Odderøya, not far from the central Fish Quay. Besides playing host for famous musicians from all over the world, different plays from some of Norway’s best-known playwrights has been performed here. Especially worth mentioning is Henrik Ibsen’s ‘Ghost’, or Gengangere, which is its original name. There are also many plays for children. Such as ‘The Animals of the Hakkebakke Forest’, ‘Dyrene i Hakkebakkeskogen’. This is a famous children’s story about talking animals which most kids in Norway are acquainted with. In other words, audiences of all ages will find something to enjoy here.
Kilden’s Concert Halls
Spread over 16 500 square metres are four unique halls: the Concert Hall, the Theatre and Opera Halls, the Multipurpose Hall and the Intimate Hall. The first is one of Scandinavia’s finest acoustic rooms. With the newest acoustic technology the Concert Hall is a venue that can be used for almost every kind of genre, whether it is a symphony orchestra or rock concerts. This hall is also the permanent home of Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra.
Café Kast Loss
At the south end of the fabulous foyer at Kilden Performing Arts Centre, you find the enjoyable café called Kafé Kast Loss. Attracting many of the locals, this is one of the city’s places to go if you want to enjoy a good meal with friends, colleagues or family.
It is also possible to enjoy a savoury meal at the café before a concert or show. Two hours before shows you can order from a rich menu of palatable dishes. As this is quite popular, it is recommended to book a table in advance. When you have eaten, enjoy drinks in one of two bars in the hall’s unique surroundings. Place your orders beforehand, this way you avoid spending the breaks waiting in line. Amazing wall paintings by artist Josefine Lyche, make for the perfect setting.
Central accommodation in Kristiansand
Enjoy comfortable and central accommodation at Radisson Blu Caledonien Hotel, Kristiansand, just a stone’s throw from Kilden Performing Arts Centre. Relax after a long day of exploring attractions such as Ravnedalen or the Mineralpark, shopping and other cultural adventures in the city. Savour a better meal at Brasserie C or drop by Lobby Bar for a night cap. The Telford’s Pub gives you a taste of Scotland and is the oldest pub in the city.