Picture from www.touscene.com
Dealing with summer’s cultural documentation in my mind, I found myself willing to share some bites of it with you. This time – a fairly large portion from Norway, Stavanger. Stavanger, as it is known, was European Capital of Culture in 2008. Also, it is the fifth city with biggest population in Norway. But for now let’s focus on something else.
Briefly about history. However, “Tou Scene” is not a real cave, things are a little bit better – it is a former brewery, its buildings trace back to the first half of XXth century. After moving the brewery to other premises, the building complex had been in a state of waiting for quite a long time, until “Tou Scene” appeared in 2001. It did not appear without a purpose, its aim is to spread and develop contemporary art assist the creators and supply an intriguing shelter for culture-thirsty visitors. In addition, it belongs to Trans Europe Halles association, which unites independent cultural centres in Europe.
The object discussed in this article would have remained unknown to me, if not one alternative play for children, which was intensively talked about. Yes, exactly – this venue is not restricted for adults‘ interest, some processes gladly invite children. What else? Art exhibitions, various style concerts (from electronics to black metal), performances, cinema, etc. Also, project “The Art of Hospitality” – artists from all over the world are given a chance to live and create for free in “Tuo Scene“ premises for two weeks.
In addition to all positive activities and projects, after taking the first step inside the main building, one is amazed by original, industrial design. No glittering – walls are covered in metal rust, an idle TV in a corner, shabby sofa and a sign “This is culture” above it. One enters a labyrinth, covered with stencil art, broken mirrors in toilets and other drawings. Further – two main scenes for events, “Tou Window” room with Marit Victoria Wulff Andreassen‘s drawing “Hide and Seek”, visible even from the outside, small musical records‘ shop and, of course, “Tou Scene” café, which has its ceiling covered with thread balls. The outdoor terrace with a view to fjord and mountains speaks for itself.
I would like to come back there, at least for a cup of coffee. Visitors are always welcome. For ones, who will soon be there, or nearby – this is a must.