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WE COMMUNICATE GLOBALLY

WE ACT LOCALLY

We come from three different continents,

with different experiences and backgrounds. 

 

All are dedicated to the same goal -

through different projects and initiatives,

tell the world about what we call:

"Norway - One of the world's best kept secrets" ©

FILM AND CULTURE

We work with creative development and implementation of film and other cultural industry projects in Norway and abroad.

 

One of our sustainable goals is to contribute to growth, value creation and jobs as a result of these film and cultural activities.

INTERACTIVE MEDIA

In this time of COVID-19, clients are turning to interactive media, facilitating two-way communication, increasing awareness and creatively raising their profile.

 

Together with our partners within industry, tourism and the public sector, Norway Communicates develops e-books, websites, Augmented Reality projects and more.

EXAMPLES OF OUR CURRENT PROJECTS

In our projects and initiatives, Norway Communicates combines internal expertise with the strength and resources of our external partners.

 

With a focus on project that contribute to regional development and increased competence – Norway Communicates creates opportunities for our partners as well as for our growing company.

 

Current Norway Communicates projects include:

Arendal
The Golden Era

We have now cooperated with the town of Arendal since Autumn 2020, working with the municipality as we develop a film project as we work to bring to life the Golden Era of the 1870's and '80s.

 Notodden, Norway

A UNESCO site, here you will find the birthplace of the 2nd Industrial Revolution, and the much-loved Notodden Blues Festival.  We cooperate with the city and others in a range of projects in this unique Telemark town.

The Authentic Viking

Norway is known for Viking culture, and the world is full of stories about the Vikings. But are they the real Vikings, the real stories? Who were the Vikings, and can we find them again in today's society?

Steven Van Zandt and the Cultural Backpack

Organized by Norway Communicates, the first international agreement has been signed in Oslo, between Little Steven’s RRFF/TeachRock and Norway’s education sector.

The Wild Telemark Student Media Portal

Created by Norway Communicates in collaboration with DKS (The Cultural Backpack) in Vestfold Telemark, this portal is part of The Wild Telemark website, containing valuable film, photo and media career information for Norwegian students.

UNESCO 
Interactive E-Book

Norway Communicates has been commissioned by Vestfold and Telemark county to create an E-book about the Rjukan-Notodden Industrial Heritage site, a designated UNESCO site.

 
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Arendal
The Golden Era 

During the period August 2020 until now, we have worked closely with Arendal Municipality's culture section.

 We are in the process of developing a documentary drama / film about Arendal in the period 1860 to 1886. A film series that brings to life the story about the legendary entrepreneur from the Nordic entrepreneurial town of Arendal.

 

This is a story that changed Norway forever.

 

Sam Eyde can be arguably described as ‘Norway’s greatest entrepreneur’, creator of the second industrial revolution, revolutionising an industry based on clean hydropower, and the founder of iconic Norsk Hydro.

 

We will tell the story of Arendal during the city's golden age, when the city had one of Europe's largest shipping ports. A story connected both Arendal's past history as well as future ambitions.  

 

Our next step in the autumn of 2021 is to anchor the project both in general among the population and specifically with the business community. The goal is of course to build an economic foundation for further development, but also to build enthusiasm and knowledge about Sam Eyde, together with pride for Arendal's golden times (1850 - 1886).

This project is indelibly connected with Arendal’s 300 year anniversary in 2023, which is our planned launch year for the film project.

The young man with his roots in Arendal, Sam Eyde. The man who changed Norwegian industry forever.

Stay tuned for further developments!

 

Notodden

When the new road past Kongsberg opens later this year, Notodden in Telemark is only 90 minutes from Oslo by car.  But it was not always so simple.

 

Telemark was Norway’s ‘Wild West’, full of mystery, a land of natural beauty from the rugged mountains in the north to the rocky coastline in the south. The settlement that later was part of a defiantly independent region. This was a land of legend, respected – and feared.

 

The Birthplace 

In 1905, this world changed forever when Industrialist Sam Eyde arrived in Notodden and declared he was going to tame the thundering waterfalls of the region to create new industries driven by hydroelectric power – a radical new concept. The 2nd Industrial Revolution – Powered by Nature – began here in Notodden.

 

There is much that can be experienced here in Notodden. Home of Notodden Blues Festival, Juke Joint Studio and much more. When Little Steven Van Zandt first came to Notodden in 2015 with David John Smith, he said:

 

"Why haven’t you told me about this place before?"

 

Since that first visit in 2015, ‘Little Steven’ has been back to Notodden every single year.

Contact us and learn why. Let us tell you more about this hidden treasure in the heart of Vestfold-Telemark.

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The Authentic Viking

Norway Communicates is working with educational, research, cultural and historical institutions - in search of the Authentic Viking.

 

In today's Norway, as was the case in the Viking Age, the structure of government, business and organizations is flat and open - anyone from the prime minister down is relatively accessible. This is part of what it means to be Norwegian.

 

Far from being an isolated culture, the Vikings traveled far and wide throughout Europe, Asia, Africa and North America. The community had a simple structure.

Vikings - men and women - could choose their profession, farmers, craftsmen, merchants and soldiers. Youth, especially those with a small fortune, chose to go out into the world. This is the spirit of what it is to be Norwegian.

 

Norway is a country that has changed so fundamentally in the past three decades that it is striving to find itself and its new identity in the global environment.

Still, the "Norwegian Dream" is a simple one, aspiring to secure the basic necessities – a place to work, a place to live, food - the basic sustenance of material things necessary to have a good, basic, honest life.

Is the modern Norwegian culture directly connected to the Viking roots?

Through various projects such as The Sustainable Viking, we are searching for the Authentic Viking and what it means to Norway – and the world.

Contact us and learn more.

 

Rock and Roll Forever Foundation - TeachRock

Steven Van Zandt’s Rock and Roll Forever Foundation (RRFF)’s TeachRock has signed its first international agreements, an important educational milestone.

 

Norway Communicates facilitated this Oslo, Norway agreement between DKS Telemark (The Cultural Backpack), the Oslo-based Edvard Munch High School and Little Steven's TeachRock.

 

TeachRock asks young people what music they are listening to. Then their interest is used to get them excited to learn and discuss social affairs, history, politics, civil rights, injustice and other topics that matter in society.

 

According to Steven Van Zandt,

 

‘In 2007 I created the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation and the TeachRock education program using music as the most accessible, effective, and lasting method of creating a common ground for communication between teachers and students.’

 

‘At the time TeachRock was founded there had been major budget cutbacks within the arts all through the United States. People said that we didn’t have a chance to succeed. But we didn’t give up, we knew that it was possible. And we were right.’ 

 

For the country of Norway, this also represents the excellent opportunity for regional educational initiatives to coordinate across county lines with a curriculum quite similar to the Norwegian method of teaching.

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Wild Telemark DKS Media Portal

Created by Norway Communicates in collaboration with Den kulturelle skolesekken (The Cultural Backpack) in Vestfold Telemark, this media portal is part of film location website  Wild Telemark, and contains valuable film, photo and media career information for Norwegian students. Contributors include:

 

Ian Brodie

Partner in Norway Communicates, Ian Brodie is an internationally acclaimed film photographer and author. In Ian Brodies Film World we will focus on the different film elements from the different films where Ian has been part of the production team:

 

- The Lord of the Rings

- The Hobbit

- The Chronicles of Narnia  

- Birkebeiner

- The Heavy Water War

 

Per Ole Hagen

Partner in Norway Communicates, instructor at the University of Oslo, concert photographer, music director at NRK P1 and music rights manager at NRK, Per Ole Hagens Photo World focuses on practical and legal aspects of photography.

 

Here we focus on the areas such as:

 

- Master the manual photo shoot  

- Understanding the nature of light

- Analysis of classical photos and photographers

- Understand the power of composition

- Editing

 

The Media Portal also contains handy movie tips for young media talents and other useful information for youth who want to make film and photography their hobby – or career of choice.

 

First-ever UNESCO
Interactive E-Book

First-ever UNESCO Interactive E-Book

We have recently had the opportunity and the honour to create the world’s first interactive e-book that presents a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

UNESCO World Heritage has become one of the most widely recognised international agreements and the world’s most popular cultural programme. Places as unique and diverse as the wilds of East Africa’s Serengeti, the Pyramids of Egypt, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and the Baroque cathedrals of Latin America make up our world’s heritage.

Rjukan-Notodden Industrial Heritage Site

The world was coming to a crossroads, and many were concerned. As the world population began to boom during the course of the 1800s, the scientific question began to circulate – how long would the world population survive on current food supply production?

To answer that challenge, it was just over a century ago in Norway that a major transformation took place. During the course of just a short decade, power plants, factories, transport systems and company towns were created. The urgent and immediate goal - producing enough mineral fertiliser to increase world food production.

Free of charge – Download or read online

Take a look at this unique story of one decade that changed the course of Norwegian industry - and perhaps the course of the world - forever.

250 pages of interactivity, videos, 1000+ photos, historical documentation, human-interest essays, facts, figures, innovative technology, architecture, trains, ships, design, and more - all colourfully presented in this state-of-the-art eBook.

 

Download or read online here

 

Available in English and Norwegian, Apple and Android formats.

Download our free 24-page e-book brochure

We have now begun the process in close cooperation with national and international authorities where we will now continue to spread the word about the Rjukan-Notothen Heritage Site, a story unique as it is exciting and important.

 

Learn more about our work with our innovative e-book development by downloading our 24-page interactive e-brochure here.

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