News & Reports Aug 4, 2014 | 5:41 PMby Tromso Olympiad 2014

Chess, art and culture - updated programme

Chess Olympiad Tromsø 2014 recommends visitors to Tromsø experience its diverse cultural life during their stay – and especially the many exciting chess-related events!

Midnight Sun Concerts

The Arctic Cathedral, an iconic landmark in Tromsø | photo: Gaute Bruvik

The bright and mild summer nights are perfect for evocative music. Add in the majestic architecture of the Arctic Cathedral and everything is set to experience some memorable moments. A varied programme comprises soloists, piano music, trumpets and saxophones – as well as indigenous Norwegian folk instruments, choirs and organ music.

Date: 01-15.08.

Time: 23:30-00:00.

General opening hours: Mon-Sat. 09:00-19:00 (Sun. 13:00-19:00).

Tickets: Adults: NOK 150. Children 4-14 years: NOK 50.

Location: Tromsdalen, Hans Nilsens vei 41 (buses 20, 24, 26 and 28).

Live Lounge

The official chess café Driv invites you to relax in the Live Lounge. Hot and cold dishes and drinks are available at reasonable prices for all accredited participants. You can also play chess and follow the live international broadcast on a big screen – with comments from the Chess Olympiad’s commentator team.

Date: 01-14.08.

General opening hours: Mon-Thu. 11:00-01:30. Fri-Sat. 11:00-03:00. Sat. closed.

Location: Storgata 6 (near the Chess Olympiad Arena)

Queen’s Gambit”

The Art Museum of Northern Norway presents “Queen’s Gambit”, inspired by the Tromsø 2014 Chess Olympiad. The exhibition displays works from the museum’s collection linked to the game of chess – with the focus on players, tactics and battles. Contemporary art is emphasised, with artwork such as sculptures, photography and paintings. Free entrance all days.

Jøran Aulin-Jansson, President of the Norwegian Chess Federation, admiring a piece of art at the “Queen’s Gambit” exhibition | photo: COT 2014

Date: 01-15.08.

General opening hours: Mon-Sun. 10:00-17:00.

Location: Sjøgata 1 (Prostneset, city centre).

The Karpov Collection  

Chess champions have featured on stamps all around the world | photo: Daniel Skog, COT2014

Tromsø University Museum presents “The Karpov Collection” – an exhibition of ex-World Champion Anatoly Karpov’s chess stamp collection. In Karpov’s collection are stamps from almost every country in the world, all with a chess theme. The museum has also set up a display case about chess, Sakko and other board games – with highlights of the history of the games in Northern Norway. Apart from this collection the museum provides a cross-section of the culture and nature of the north through various exhibitions.

Date for exhibition: 01.08-12.10.

General opening hours: Mon-Sun. 09.00-18.00.

Tickets: Adults: NOK 50. Children: NOK 25.

Location: Lars Thørings veg 10 (bus 37).

Pop-up Gallery with Chess Olympiad artist Reddy

Reddy’s gallery on the mall’s second floor | photo: COT 2014

Pop-Up Gallery with Chris Reddy’s artwork on sale at Nerstranda Shopping Mall. There will be various activities during the Olympiad, with Reddy’s chess pieces visible around the entire mall. Reddy’s Chess Olympiad art can also be seen on the airport control tower, the Chess Olympiad arena, Thon Hotel, The Edge Hotel – and on the streets all around town.

Location: Nerstranda shopping mall (city centre, see map).

Official opening: 02.08 at 13:00.

General opening hours: 02.08-14.08: Mon-Fri. 09.00-20.00, Sat. 10.00-18.00.

Chess-playing seals

The seals at Polaria entertain with chess moves | photo: Polaria

Polaria invites you to an exciting chess day with blitz and chess-playing seals! This Arctic experience centre offers multiple attractions: seal feeding and training at 12:30 and 15:00, an aquarium, panoramic films, exhibitions and more. There’s a 50% discount on the entrance fee all days for visitors accredited to the Tromsø 2014 Chess Olympiad.

Date: 07.08.

General opening hours: Mon-Sun. 10:00-19:00.

Regular ticket prices: Adults: NOK 120. Children: NOK 60. Senior: NOK 85. Student: NOK 70. Family: NOK 280.

Location: Hjalmar Johansensgate 12 (near the Chess Olympiad Arena).

Cave concert with folk music

In connection with the Tromsø 2014 Chess Olympiad, a bus tour will be arranged from Tromsø to the folk music festival Kalottspel in Målselv. Tickets for the trip include transportation, a two-course meal at the traditional and historic Rundhaug Guesthouse – and a magical concert with the festival artist of the year, Sami singer Niko Valkeapää, with Georg Buljo on guitar. 

Guitarist Georg Buljo | photo: Kalottspel

The concert takes place in a cave near the hotel. A truly unique experience – made possible by the cooperation between the Tromsø 2014 Chess Olympiad, Bussring, Rundhaug Guesthouse and the Kalottspel Festival.

Sami singer Niko Valkeapää | photo: Kalottspel

Date: 07.08.

Travel times: The bus leaves at 16.00 from Prostneset in Tromsø, and returns to the same location at 23.00. It’s about two hours’ drive each way.

Ticket: NOK 500, see (‘tickets’ in Norwegian: ‘billetter’)

Location: Målselv Municipality.

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