Ål named Norway’s Cultural Municipality of 2021

Ål MunicipalityÅl Municipality's Stave Church. It's assumed to have been built in approximately 1160. Photo: Berit Keilen / NTB
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Ål Municipality has been proclaimed Norway’s Cultural Municipality of 2021.

The municipality won in a competition against Bergen, Hammerfest, and Kristiansund. The Norwegian Cultural Forum awarded the prize.

The jury wrote in its reasoning that Ål has a well-established, strategic, long-term, and systematic cultural policy.

“Financially, the municipality has been willing to invest in culture, and the planning shows that this will also happen in the years to come. Therefore, in the jury’s opinion, there is a very good and strong cultural life in the municipality,” they explained.

The jury also highlighted the municipality’s commitment to local cultural traditions; “And they combine it in an excellent way with the young people’s inherent desire for renewal – especially through dance. The municipality even has a national and international mandate to promote both local and national dance traditions,” the jury wrote.

The jury consisted of leader Kristin Ørmen Johnsen (H) of Storting’s Standing Committee on Family and Cultural Affairs, a leader in KS Bjørn Arild Gram, and chairman Tor Helge R. Moen of the Norwegian Culture Forum.

Source: ©️ NTB Scanpix / #NorwayTodayTravel

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