Southern Norway teems with various participants and institutions that are engaged in culture. Both preserving ancient cultural heritage and innovative creative culture has its place here. Outdoor areas close to the sea, rock faces and mountains, and larger and smaller spaces around the region are laying the foundation for good cultural experiences. The composition of professional artists, voluntary groups and organisations, young musicians and artists who are emerging offer a wide range of programmes and events in southern Norway.
Southern Norway is known for a number of festivals and events that for many years have put southern Norway on the map. Quartfestivalen (the Quart festival) in Kristiansand, the Chamber Music Festival and the Wooden Boat Festival at Risør, Skalldyrfestivalen (the shellfish festival) at Mandal and Kaperdagene (Pirate Days) at Farsund are among many events that are seen as traditions.
In Kristiansand, Palmesus has established itself as Scandinavia’s largest beach party. Every year more than 30 000 festival goers gather on Bystranda in the centre of Kristiansand in order to enjoy the sun, summer and a completely unique party.
Arendalsuka has established itself as an annual national arena where entities within politics, social life and trade and industry meet each other and ordinary citizens, to debate and shape policy for the present day and the future.