Where to go in Oslo: Christine Spiten’s cultural highlights

As a new festival of light installations takes over the city, the engineer and sailing champion reveals her favourite art spaces

Private Moon by Leonid Tishkov can be seen at Fjord Oslo
Private Moon by Leonid Tishkov can be seen at Fjord Oslo | Image: Leonid Tishkov

Given Oslo’s burgeoning creative scene, it’s unsurprising that the city is hosting a new contemporary art festival. Launching on November 1, the debut edition of Fjord Oslo brings a series of seven spectacular light-based artworks to Harbour Promenade, from the quietly contemplative Private Moon by Russian artist Leonid Tishkov to Joanie Lemercier’s immersive Constellations, an exploration of the cosmos through projected light, accompanied by an electronic soundscape created by Bristol-based producer Paul Jebanasam. 

Elemento by Caspar Loots is another of the festival’s installations
Elemento by Caspar Loots is another of the festival’s installations | Image: Tarmo Rätsep
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What are Oslo’s other cultural gems? Christine Spiten, co-founder of Blueye Robotics, reveals her top spots. 

Christine Spiten in Oslo
Christine Spiten in Oslo | Image: Per-Ivar Nikolaisen
The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History
The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History

“The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History at Bygdøy is five minutes away from my home by bike. On the weekend it has a little farmers’ market by the entrance, where I’ll stop off for vegetables and bread.” norskfolkemuseum.no

Oslo’s SALT event space
Oslo’s SALT event space
The Astrup Fearnley Museum
The Astrup Fearnley Museum

“The fjord brings an oceanic vibe to the city and the islands, which are easily accessible by ferry from Aker Brygge. My favourite area is around SALT, the pyramidal event space inspired by fishermen’s hesjer – racks used to dry fish. There I can experience everything from Morning Beat discos to art exhibitions and outdoor cinema, sometimes with an aquatic theme. On Saturday evenings they often have musicians and DJs playing and the sauna is open. It houses up to 100 and is the perfect way to start a night – bring swimwear, buy a beer and experience real Norwegian hygge.” salted.no

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“At Aker Brygge there’s the Astrup Fearnley Museum, a contemporary art gallery that has great exhibitions. I also like to browse the nearby bookstores and libraries, and have a smoothie breakfast bowl at Café Liebling with my favourite drink, Hot Monkey – hot coconut water with ginger.” Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, afmuseet.no. Café Liebling, liebling.no.

“MESH is a co-working space with a café and events area. If you’re lost in Oslo, this is where you will meet interesting people.” meshnorway.com.

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