Bring the whole family, friends and neighbours to a fun and different festival when we turn asylum centers into neighbourhood parties filled with food, activities, concerts and performances.
By creating music festivals at this unusual arena we want to initiate dialogue and participation between asylum seekers and people in the neighbourhood. To create something together and to experience a community around music, culture and food can be very important for integration – and we believe that integration starts from day one.
“Meetings between people, artists and audience creates interest and understanding for the values in other cultural expressions. VårtNabolag is one of the festival’s main initiatives and underlines Oslo World’s goal to be an arena for quality music with a social barb”, says festival director Alexandra Archetti Stølen.
Since 2009 Oslo World has invited asylum seekers in Norway to our annual music festival. The initiative has resulted in participation, volunteerism and dialogue between asylum seekers, the concert audience and artists from all over the world. To many of the asylum seekers that come to Norway without family and friends, this invitation has meant a lot in a difficult time.
In august 2014 we arranged OurNeighbourhood for the first time, at Torshov transit camp. Artists like Samsaya, Degos and the Silky Johnsons and Baba Soul & the Professors of Funk played concerts, people made food from their home countries and there were fun activities for both kids and adults.
Since then we have arranged VårtNabolag at Torshov three times and the project grew in 2016 – with a succesful festival in Vang, Valdres. In 2016 OurNeighbourhood was a part of Hardanger Musikkfest and we hope that the project will continue to expand in years to come.
Time and place for OurNeighbourhood 2017:
- Hardanger Musikkfest, Ullensvang asylmottak: May 31
- Oslo, Torshov Transittmottak: August 26
- Vang i Valdres, Vang mottakssenter: September 2
More events to come.