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A large section of a former brewery has been transformed into a lively centre for cultural activities. It is located in Grünerløkka, a part of Oslo that has over the last decade developed into a vibrant cultural district. Schous Cultural Brewery is yet another step in this process. Four projects will be located within the brewery: ’Rehearsal Hotel’ (Øvingshotellet), ’Center for Pop Music’ (Popsenteret), ’Scene for National and International Folk Music and Dance’ (Riksscenen) and ’Schous Cultural Station’ (Schous kulturstasjon).
Name of the project:
Schous Cultural Brewery in Oslo.
Goals (e.g. policy, research or other):
Buildings designated for CI activities function as a material symbol that embody the appreciation and importance of their activities. Sharing a space with other individuals and companies within the CI is also important for forming new relationships, thereby stimulating the establishment of new networks and developing existing ones. The aim of the Scous Cultural Brewery has been to create a space for different music activities in Oslo.
Schous Cultural Brewery will host four exciting projects:
Start of the project (if applicable end of the project):
The initiators of this large project were creative individuals. The idea was first communicated to a private property developer and supported by Oslo Musikkråd (Oslo Music Council, an independent association of different music organizations in Oslo) and Norsk Kulturråd (Arts Council Norway).
The initiative then received support from the Municipality of Oslo. The current partners are KLP (private property developer) and the Municipality of Oslo. The idea was launched in 2003 and the contract between the property developer and the municipality was signed at the end of 2006. The rehearsal hotel opened its doors in 2009.
The initiators stress the importance of private-public partnership. Without the participation of the municipality, the project would probably not have been implemented.
Place of excecution:
Olso in Norway.
Why is your project considered as a best-practice:
So far the main achievements have been the implementation of this ambitious project, as well as the successful cooperation between the property developer and the municipality.
The project has only just started, but the critical factors for success are estimated to be:
Tips and tricks for those who want to follow your lead?
This model can easily be transferred to other cities. Challenges could be related to private-public partnership, financial resources for investments by the public sector. Public backing is essential because the project will not pay off during the initial phase.
Best response to the project:
Knut Halvorsen, Managing Director of Oslo Teknopol:
Music in all its sounds represents the strongest cultural drive for the Norwegian capital; the enormous interest in music has lifted Oslo to the status of Music Capital of Scandinavia. Schous Cultural Brewery in Oslo is a manifestation of the acknowledgement and support from the City of Oslo for the music loving people of the Oslo region and Norway. Between the new opera house in Bjørvika on the sea front and the Schous quarter with its rich offer of studios, rehearsal facilities, stages, technical service providers and a modern interactive museum, connected by the Akerselva River – the historical urban core of the city – one has captured the broad spectrum of sounds in Oslo and at the same time defined an urban renewal strategy, which is in tune with the spirit of Oslo.
Links to websites and/or social media:
www.schouskulturbryggeri.no (only in Norwegian)