Erik Hillestad appointed as knight of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav

Producer and songwriter Erik Hillestad has for years been a strong driving force for church concerts and criticized the closure of the churches due to the church pew rule on a national basis. Photo: Heiko Junge / NTB
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Music producer Erik Hillestad has been appointed by King Harald as a knight 1st class of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav for his efforts for the church and the arts.

Erik Hillestad (69) was described as a bridge-builder between the church and the arts in a press release from the Palace.

In 1974, Hillestad started record company and cultural initiative Kirkelig kulturverksted. In 2000, he was at the forefront of the establishment of Kulturkirken Jakob in Oslo.

He has produced records for, among others, Bjørn Eidsvåg, Kari Bremnes, and Sigvart Dagsland and has received several awards for his work, including a Spellemann Prize in 1982.

The knight decoration was presented at an event in Kulturkirken Jakob in Oslo on October 18, 2021.

Source: ©️ NTB Scanpix / #NorwayTodayTravel

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