15  - 17 JULY
The stunning and picturesque town of Arendal, with its population of 40,000 inhabitants, is tucked away and hidden amongst the majestic fjords of the south coast of Norway. Because the town was built on seven tiny islands with a surrounding network of canals, it was originally called the Venice of Scandinavia.

The town’s most important historical period was during the sailing ships era of the 18th and 19th centuries, and at one time it was one of the largest and most important towns in Norway. Its wealth was based on shipping, with the surrounding iron ore mining, ironworks and timber providing the most substantial trade. It had connections to all the important trading centres of the world, and closer contact with Europe than with the country's capital of Christiania (or Oslo, as it was later to be called).

The introduction of steamships gradually reduced the town's reliance on the industries it was founded on, but the old traditions and charm have been retained – the Tyholmen area, with its attractive collection of wooden buildings is considered to be among the most picturesque and best preserved of its kind.

Today the town has a largely tourism-based economy, due to its excellent location, climate and resources, and since the early 1990s the town has also become a hub of trade and industry, with a noticeable growth in the information technology field.

The town has much to offer – the main attractions in summer are, of course, the sea and the skerries landscape. And the harbour area - the Pollen - is crammed with fishing boats and market stalls, with visitors enjoying the many cultural events that are put on, and the delights of the vibrant harbour-side bars, restaurants and nightclubs.

For event information contact:
Svein Elgvin – Managing Director
Mob: + 47 48 11 45 55
email: svein@ngpoffshore.com

Per Carsten Michelsen
Festival Executive
Mob: +47 90 86 10 66
email: per@ngpoffshore.com

Jens Petter Christensen
Media / Press Officer
Mob: +47 91 60 30 04
email: jepe@ngpoffshore.com

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Nigel Quilter
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