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Fish and Tulips

Augmented Reality & UNESCO

Cyberday at Guvihaug

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The goal of the Fish and Tulips initiative is to work to establish a sustainable and future-oriented aquaculture industry inland in Norway. 

Aquaponics is the combination of aquaculture (raising fish) and hydroponics (growing plants without soil) that grows fish and plants together in an integrated system. Both fish and plants work together in harmony to complete the ecosystem. Plant waste is turned into fertiliser for the plants, which in turn cleans the water for the fish.


​This initiaive is led by BioEq in cooperation with Notodden Development (NUAS) with Vestfold Telemark County and SINTEF. The goal of the Fish and Tulips initiative is to work to establish a sustainable and future-oriented aquaculture industry inland in Norway. 


The Fish and Tulips initiative is centered around six of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), that form the core of the 2030 Agenda, balancing the economic, social and ecological dimensions of sustainable development.


For more information see the Norwegian Fish and Tulips website here

Cyberday at Guvihaug

Augmented Reality & UNESCO

Cyberday at Guvihaug

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The world has changed radically with the conoravirus and we must find new ways to convey cultural experiences.


With the support from DKS Vestfold Telemark   a Viking Interactive Cyberday will be staged at Guvihaug in Central Telemark.


This will provide students with an exciting insight into life as Vikings. We live in a new way historically, but physically / genetically we have not changed us. Therefore, we can understand more about ourselves by going back in time. 


This Viking Cyberday will consist of  combination of live broadcasts, videos, short presentations and discussions.

Guvihaug works innovatively with the dissemination of cultural experiences, and has a collaboration with Central Telemark municipality, Notodden municipality, University of Southeast Norway, Vikings in Vestfold, 

Archeology Forum and many others. 


Since 2008, various groups of all ages have had the opportunity to come to Guvihaug to learn more - both practical and theoretical - about the Viking culture.


For more information, contact us!

Augmented Reality & UNESCO

Augmented Reality & UNESCO

Augmented Reality & UNESCO

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This concept under development is based on a joint cooperation between Hidden and Norway Communicates, building upon the existing Wild Telemark website and functionality www.wildtelemark.com


The project will use elements of Mixed and Augmented Reality to attract attention to Notodden, the Gateway to the Wild Telemark.


Hidden is an award-winning Scandinavian leader in Mixed and Augumented Reality, bringing Augmented Reality into the user experience, having developed and launched two Applications, and is updating these prototypes as new users and revenue increases.


The Wild Telemark web-based portal that profiles the region visually through the work of Ian Brodie (film, photo, 360°/180°) as well as through text information, increasing the region’s ability to attract business, tourism and educational opportunities.  


The project will use elements of Mixed and Augmented Reality to attract attention to Notodden, beginning with Sam Eyde in Notodden, where the visitor meeting Eyde at different locations throughout the town. He will tell the story of industrial heritage and the importance of Notodden on both Norwegian and world stage. 

STILL HAPPENING

The Authentic Viking

Growing the Wild Telemark

Growing the Wild Telemark

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Norway is known for the Viking culture, and the world is full of stories of the Vikings. But are they the real Vikings, the real stories?  The essential question really is – who were the Norsemen, and where do we find them in today’s society?  


As we know, far from being an isolated culture, the Vikings travelled near and far all through Europe, Asia, Africa and North America. Society was a simple structure. The highest class of Norwegian social structure was the earl, with the largest by far being the free men and women.  


Each free Viking, man or woman, could choose their profession – farmers, craftsmen, merchants and soldiers. Youth, especially those with little wealth, chose to venture far out into the Middle Age world. Full of energy and a sense of adventure with no immediate duties tying them to their home clan, these young unmarried Vikings were free to explore.


In some cases, these adventurers came under the hire of different kings and noblemen all throughout Europe, Through their travels and their curiosity, these irrepressible Vikings became aware of an different types of government destined to have a great influence upon the Viking culture. 

In this project, we differentiate the term ‘Viking’ from the Norse culture. The Viking period lasted for two and a half centuries (approximately 800 AD to the middle of the 11thcentury, while the Norse culture began long before, and lasts to this day.


Today, as was the case in Viking times, the structure of government, businesses and organizations is flat and open – anyone from the Prime Minister on down relatively accessible. This is part of the group mentality of what it means to be Norwegian.


Norway Communicates, with Founder David John Smith as the Project Manager, is working with the Guvihaug Viking Centre and Per Øyvind Sørebø Gulliksen together with educational, research, cultural and historical institutions - looking for the Authentic Vikings while establishing the place to find them - Guvihaug in Midt-Telemark.

Growing the Wild Telemark

Growing the Wild Telemark

Growing the Wild Telemark

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Using ICT, media and web-based solutions, Norway Communicates works with the Wild Telemark in Norway as well as internationally to enable people to better take advantage of opportunities related to business development that include regional cooperative activities, film projects as well as film- and experience related tourism.


This initiative, based in Notodden, is led by David John Smith (Founder of Norway Communicates), working together with Ian Brodie(New Zealand’s best selling author on film tourism with a background from Lord of the Rings, Narnia and many other films), as well as Per Ole Hagen related to educational initiatives, seminars and workshops.


We work with each region in developing a web-based film- and film tourism/tourism web-based portal such as the prototype created (www.wildtelemark.com), one also including a media portal for students.  


The Wild Telemark website was launched in October, with a book launched in December 2019.Internationally, Norway Communicates is now in discussion with several locations (Sicily/Italy, Kazakhstan) regarding the creation of a similar concept.  


All web-based PR, information and marketing is supported by a process that include series of seminars and meetings, these designed to better equip each region to better coordinate and communicate their core identity, thus in turn attracting business opportunities while increasing knowledge and education.


Plans include a closer cooperation with Vestfold, now a part of the newly created Vestfold-Telemark County. In this way we look to put this region more strongly on the global map, attracting creative minds from all over.


We have just touched the tip of iceberg regarding potential for how regions can promote themselves in the future using our web- and human-based profiling techniques, and are collaboration with on the university level in order to identify future potentials and opportunities. 

Bluestown Rising & DKS Telemark

Bluestown Rising & DKS Telemark

Bluestown Rising & DKS Telemark

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 The `Bluestown Rising´ documentary is awarded status as part of the Norwegian national education program ´The Cultural Backpack´ (DKS - Den kulturelle skolesekken)


Together with Telemark County, DKS and Steven Van Zandt´s Rock and Roll Forever Foundation´s teachrock.org  staged a massive kickoff for this collaboration in Skien, Norway, the capital of Telemark.


According to long time Steven Van Zandt associate David John Smith, Founder of Norway Communicates and Producer of Bluestown Rising:


 ¨Inclusion in this important program will give students the chance to learn the exciting story of Notodden and its industrial, cultural and musical heritage, and also the chance to work with Steven Van Zandt and the RRFF.¨

Wild Telemark Media Portal

Bluestown Rising & DKS Telemark

Bluestown Rising & DKS Telemark

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  Written in Norwegian and created by Norway Communicates for the DKS Telemark as part of the The Wild Telemark, this Media Portal features valuable film, photo and media career information for young students. 

  

Contributors include Steven Van Zandt (Lilyhammer, Sopranos).

Ian Brodie with major productions such as The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

  

Per Ole Hagen, award-winning Getty photographer, University of Oslo instructor, with a long career with the national broadcaster NRK with a focus on legal rights and musicology.

 

The Media Portal also includes hands-on film tips information from young media talents.

See the WIld Telemark Media Portal.  

Rock and Roll Forever Foundation

Rock and Roll Forever Foundation

Rock and Roll Forever Foundation

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Created by Steven Van Zandt, and with the Founding Board of Directors that include Martin Scorsese, Bono, Bruce Springsteenand Jackson Browne, the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation (RRFF)’s TeachRock educational initiative operates in all 50 US states - and now in Telemark, Norway.


DKS Telemark is part of the national Kulturtanken initiative in Norway helping school students from Grades  1-13 in Norway experience professional art and culture, a collaboration between the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Education and Research. 


Facilitated by Norway Communicates, the June 2019 agreement signed with DKS Telemark is TeachRock’s first international educational agreement. The signing event held at Petter Stordalen’s hotel The Thief in Oslo also marked an agreement with the Oslo-based Edvard Munch High School). 


According to Steven Van Zandt, ‘This is a very important step for us. We are committed to make a difference in education in Norway.’ 

The Wild Telemark

Rock and Roll Forever Foundation

Rock and Roll Forever Foundation

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 Film is all about business, culture, tourism and education, and the Wild Telemark is showing the advantages the region offers to film projects nationally and internationally.


The Wild Telemark is a Norway Communicates initiative together with the Founding Municipalities of Tinn, Notodden and Hjartdal with DKS Telemark (The Cultural Backpack). 

 Film is all about careers - and cooperation with DKS  ensures that students learn that the film business is more than 'camera, action' but includes finance, logsitics, sales, design,  technology, and so much more.


Norway Communicates with David John Smith Ian Brodie (Lord of the Rings, Narnia, Birkerbeineren, Kampen om Tungtvann) and Per Ole Hagen  are working together with Telemark and beyond to build upon a long tradition of creativity here in the region. 


Building upon tradition of film here (The Heroes of Telemark, The Snowman, The Heavy Water War and more), the Wild Telemark profiles unique film locations and history, mythology,, tradition and culture in this spectacular region.

A Viking World: Midtgardsblot

Rock and Roll Forever Foundation

A Viking World: Midtgardsblot

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Midgardsblot, a unique outdoor metal music festival located in Vestfold


Located on historical grounds where the powerful Viking rulers of Norway lived and are also laid to rest, This is a unique festival you won't find similar anywhere else in the world.

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Visiting Midtgardsblot this year from Norway Communicates are: 


· Ian Brodie, with a portfolio including film photography with major productions such as The Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Birkerbeiner and many others.


· Per Ole Hagen, award-winning Getty photographer, University of Oslo instructor, with a long career with the national broadcaster NRK with a focus on legal rights and musicology.


We filmed, photographed  and storytold about this unique festival - and ... it was epic.


See you next year!

Visit Hoth

Andreu Jacob & Norway Communicates

Leo T. Takes Over

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Star Wars fans descended from nearly a dozen countries upon the tiny mountain village of Finse for the 3rd Annual VISIT HOTH celebration, deep in the glacier region of central Norway on the edge of the Hardangervidda National Park.


In collaboration with Norway Communicates, this brainchild of filmmaker Andreas Frølich is Norway’s best example of film tourism in action. The annual event celebrates one of the top-rated and influential movies of all time, The Empire Strikes Back, filmed in Finse in the winter months of 1979, during the worst storms in over 100 years. 


The Hoth film locations are just the same as they were during those long-ago winter months of 1979. During the weekend the Visit Hoth participants made the trek to these locations on cross country skis, snowshoes, and even by one of the many dog sleds available.

The annual Visit Hoth event is quickly becoming internationally known as Norway’s best example of Film Tourism. 


VISIT HOTH: Norway Film Tourism at its best 

Leo T. Takes Over

Andreu Jacob & Norway Communicates

Leo T. Takes Over

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Exhibitions in London and New York  confirm that Leo T is on the right track “to create something new and outrageous that the art world can’t ignore.”


Meet Leo T, aka Svein Tråserud, who was honored as the official contributing artist of the 2018 Notodden Blues Festival.


Over the years, there have been numerous art exhibitions featuring his art, solo as well as group, but with Notodden he embraced the opportunity to work with the festival that has always meant a great deal to him, the region and Blues-lovers all over the world.


Plans together for 2019 are in store on both sides of the Atlantic, including development of artwork for Donald Smithson's landmark book  ´Parallel Mind Trips´ and other projects.


Deep in Leo T´s creative lair, new universes are being created by this unique artist. Come visit him on his outlandish home turf at the Opisthodome and follow his every creative move on Instagram.

Andreu Jacob & Norway Communicates

Andreu Jacob & Norway Communicates

Andreu Jacob & Norway Communicates

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Together with Norway Communicates, composer is Andreu Jacob Foglietti Nordland in the process of developing and creating a world-class Dolby Music and Film Laboratory.


Andreu Jacob is an acclaimed composer who works with classical, jazz, contemporary, flamenco and other musical styles. He has composed numerous symphonies and is considered ¨one of the foremost modern composers on the international scene¨ (IMDB)


This project fits well with Norway Communicates and the ongoing development of the film industry in The Wild Telemark, including work with Bluestown Rising, as well as with Ian Brodie (Lord of the Rings)


Recent original music by Andreu Jacob include:  

2019

The Great Human Crime 

Brinn Som Solen

2018

Innocent Mara 

Knus meg 

Humans

August - International Marketing Begins

August - International Marketing Begins

August - International Marketing Begins

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Together with filmaker Alistair Wayte from Glasgow, Scotland, Bluestown Rising begins a international marketing/ crowfunding campaign. 


Featuring exclusive footage, interviews and insights, support our global campaign by following us on our website:


 www.bluestownrising.com   

Summer - Bluestown Rising Filming

August - International Marketing Begins

August - International Marketing Begins

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Steven Van Zandt was in town this week of the Notodden Blues Festival. Wiith the film company Kings Mountain we filmed a series of sequences for the upcoming  documentary Bluestown Rising.


Supported by the national broadcaster NRK, the Municipality of Notodden, the trade union organization and others, the documentary will be released in 2019. 


Photo: Per Ole Hagen

June - Phase II Film Location Rjukan

August - International Marketing Begins

June - Phase II Film Location Rjukan

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From June we have begun Phase II of the Film Location Rjukan project, in cooperation with Ian Brodie, international known photographer and film location expert.


Late this summer we will launch www.filmrjukan.com in cooperation with Visit Rjukan. Keep an eye open for Film Rjukan and learn more about The Wild Telemark and film possibilities here. 


Photo: Ian Brodie

Feburary - 75 years since WWW 2 sabotage

January - Bluestown Rising website goes live

Feburary - 75 years since WWW 2 sabotage

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The Hydrogen Production Factory that was located at Vemork is famous as the target of Operation Gunnerside, the February 1943 WWII heavy water operation called the most successful act of sabotage of World War II. 


Penetrating a virtually inaccessible location in the frozen mountains near Rjukan, Norwegian commandos successfully destroyed the heavy water production that may have brought Adolf Hitler the atomic bomb. 


We are privileged to assist the NIA with the 75th anniversary on February 28th.

January - International Blues Competition

January - Bluestown Rising website goes live

Feburary - 75 years since WWW 2 sabotage

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We travelled to Memphis, USA with Steven Van Zandt for the International Blues Competition, a competition of 250 bands from all over the world, a week-long event organized by the Memphis-based Blues Foundation.


Thanks to the hosts, we had all access to the most influential studios in town:

Ardent Studios- Sam & Dave, Bob Dylan, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Allman Bros

Sam Phillip’s Studio: Elvis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Howlin Wolf

Royal: Al Green, Chuck Berry, Buddy Guy, Tom Jones, Bobby Blue, Rod Stewart, Ike & Tina Turner

January - Bluestown Rising website goes live

January - Bluestown Rising website goes live

January - Bluestown Rising website goes live

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The factories in this isolated town of Notodden shut down in 1987, leaving nothing but silence where jobs had once been. 


Against all odds, a small group of young men and women of the town create the Notodden Blues Festival that now 30 years later is one of the best in the World. 


Blues enthusiasts will cheer the spirit of the story and the music, others will relate to the universal theme that nothing is impossible.  


The documentary is coming this autumn. Check out the Bluestown Rising website.

December 10 - Steven Van Zandt to Memphis

December 10 - Steven Van Zandt to Memphis

December 10 - Steven Van Zandt to Memphis

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Steven Van Zandt confirmed that he will be going to Memphis, Tennessee to judge the International Blues Challenge (IBC) at the famous Orpheum Theatre. The IBC is organized by the Blues Foundation, and Norway Communicates will be onsite with Jostein Forsberg of the Notodden Blues Festival.    Keep posted for further updates!

December 8 - Bluestown Rising in the news

December 10 - Steven Van Zandt to Memphis

December 10 - Steven Van Zandt to Memphis

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The  'Bluestown Rising' documentary team was in Notodden, Norway all this past week as we moved the story of the world's most unique Notodden Blues Festival, and 'the town that wouldn't die' forwards. Next stop, New York City and the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation on December 20th.

November 30 - Flim Location Rjukan on top

December 10 - Steven Van Zandt to Memphis

Nov 23 - Norway Communicates visits Drumintoul, Scotland

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Film Location Rjukan presented its Phase I Results at Visit Rjukan's annual meeting held at the Gvepseborg Restaurant at the top of Rjukan's famous Krossobanen. David oriented about the Film Location Rjukan findings thus far as we build upon Tinn Municipality and Rjukan's film history to make this region the location of choice nationally and internationally.

Nov 23 - Norway Communicates visits Drumintoul, Scotland

November 8 - Little Steven's All Stars at the Juke Joint Studio

Nov 23 - Norway Communicates visits Drumintoul, Scotland

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Scotland's Highlands and the Heavy Water Heroes of Telemark have an unbreakable bond. We made the trek through the snows to Drumintoul, where the officers led by Joakim Ronneberg prepared for their historic mission. Drumintoul has been in the Grant family since 1560, and we were welcomed at a dinner in the main house hosted by James Grant. The first of many visits between Vemork and Drumintoul! 

November 8 - Little Steven's All Stars at the Juke Joint Studio

November 8 - Little Steven's All Stars at the Juke Joint Studio

November 8 - Little Steven's All Stars at the Juke Joint Studio

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Little Steven's Blues School All Star Band feat. Shennie was in Notodden's famed Juke Joint studio armed with Quinn Sullivan's song 'For your Love'. This song is in post production now with all proceeds from the single going to support the Little Steven's Blues School. 

November 6 - Historical Press Event at Vemork

November 8 - Little Steven's All Stars at the Juke Joint Studio

November 8 - Little Steven's All Stars at the Juke Joint Studio

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The Norwegian Heavy Water Saboteurs enter the cellar of the Hydrogen Production Factory in the early morning hours of February 28th, 1943 - and today on November 6, 2017 invited press representatives were taken back in time following the historical footsteps of Jaokim Ronneberg and his team. International interest, including BBC and others are in the wind.

October 20 - UK visit with Allan Tomkins and Pinewood Studios

October 20 - UK visit with Allan Tomkins and Pinewood Studios

October 20 - UK visit with Allan Tomkins and Pinewood Studios

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Alan Tomkins Art Director of 'The Empire Strikes Back', 'Saving Private Ryan', 'Batman Begins' - and of the original Heroes of Telemark is a big Ambassador to Rjukan and Telemark. Norway Communicates was invited to Pinewood Studios to learn more about Alan and his illustrious career. 

October 11 'The Snowman' Premiers in Rjukan

October 20 - UK visit with Allan Tomkins and Pinewood Studios

October 20 - UK visit with Allan Tomkins and Pinewood Studios

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Filmed on location in Rjukan, the much awaited 'Snowman' film starring Michael Fassbender had its international premier in the main square in Rjukan with over 1,000 people braving the first chills of the coming winter. Film Location Rjukan is building upon this and other films as we continue to raise the region's profile.

October 5th - Historical Find at Vemork

October 20 - UK visit with Allan Tomkins and Pinewood Studios

October 5 - Agreement signed in NY with HSN and the Rock & Roll Forever Foundation (RRFF)

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The Heavy Water Heroes of Telemark story has been told again and again, but it was not until October 5th, 2017 that the historical find was made by the industrial archeologists led by the NIA (Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum) in close collaboration with the County of Telemark. Contact Norway Communicates or the NIA for more information.

October 5 - Agreement signed in NY with HSN and the Rock & Roll Forever Foundation (RRFF)

October 5 - Agreement signed in NY with HSN and the Rock & Roll Forever Foundation (RRFF)

October 5 - Agreement signed in NY with HSN and the Rock & Roll Forever Foundation (RRFF)

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Norway Communicates brought Steven Van Zandt together with representatives from the University College of Southeast Norway (HSN), signing a historic agreement sealing the cooperation to create a Blues Masters Curriculum in Norway. This is the first international agreement for the RRFF, a historic milestone for Steven's 10-year old foundation.

September - National Geographic 'Drains the Tinn Lake'

October 5 - Agreement signed in NY with HSN and the Rock & Roll Forever Foundation (RRFF)

The 30th Notodden Blues Festival breaks all attendance records!

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National Geograhic's popular 'Drain the Ocean' film team was onsite in mid September in Rjukan (Tinn Municipality) to film an episode featuring the ship 'Hydro' that was sabotaged in February 1943 with a full load of heavy water onboard. This NatGeo episode of 'Drain the Ocean' will be show in 2018. Contact Norway Communicates for more information.

The 30th Notodden Blues Festival breaks all attendance records!

October 5 - Agreement signed in NY with HSN and the Rock & Roll Forever Foundation (RRFF)

The 30th Notodden Blues Festival breaks all attendance records!

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Nearly 40,000 people visited Notodden during this historic festival featuring artists that included Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul, Buddy Guy, Quinn Sullivan, Beth Hart, Joss Stone and many others. The Bluetown Rising documentary team filmed through the week as we prepare the documentary for screening next August at the Bok & Blueshuset in Notodden.