Kristiansand [ˈkrɪstjɑnˈsɑn] is a city, municipality and the county capital of Vest-Agder county in Southern Norway.

Kristiansand is the fifth largest city in Norway and the municipality is the sixth largest in Norway, with a population of 88 598 as of June 2016. Kristiansand is connected with four main roads: European Route E18 from Oslo, Aust-Agder and covers the eastern part of Kristiansand; European route E39 from Stavanger, Flekkefjord and the coast towns and villages in Vest-Agder; Norwegian National Road 9 from Evje, Setesdal and Grim; and Norwegian National Road 41 from Telemark, northern Aust-Agder, Birkeland, Tveit and the airport Kristiansand Airport, Kjevik. Varodd Bridge is a large bridge and a part of E18, which stretches over Topdalsfjorden.

Tourism is important in Kristiansand, and the summer season is the most popular for tourists. Kristiansand Zoo and Amusement park is the largest zoo in Norway. It receives over 900,000 visitors every year. Markens Street is the main pedestrian street in downtown Kristiansand. Bystranda is a city beach located in Kvadraturen; in addition, Hamresanden beach is the longest beach in Kristiansand. Hamresanden Camping is a popular family camp during the summer season. The city hosts a free concert in downtown Kristiansand once every week in the summer. Outside the city is the industry park Sørlandsparken, which has Sørlandssenteret, the largest mall in Norway.

 

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History

After King Christian established the city in 1641, it gradually developed into the administrative center of the region. The present population of 86.000 makes Kristiansand Norway’s sixth largest city. Centrally located on the South coast of Norway, Kristiansand offers convenient domestic as well as international travel and transportation – by air, sea, rail and road. In addition to a substantial service sector, local business spans from advanced process industry to leading suppliers of offshore technology. The city is perfect for bicycling and there are beautiful recreation areas such as Baneheia and Odderøya in walking distance from the city. Kristiansand can also offer its own city beach.

 

Kristiansand has a strong and rich cultural scene. A number of art galleries, Kristiansand Kunsthall and the regional museum Sørlandet Kunstmuseum present interesting exhibiton of contemporary art. Regional institutions such as the Kilden Performing Arts centerPunkt festival, are all based in Kristiansand.

The city`s cultural activities include among others Agder Nature Museum and Botanical Garden, Vest – Agder Museet, Føniks cinema and Kristiansand library, as well as activity centres for children and young people.
Music plays a key role on the city’s cultural stage, with the Punkt festival as a great annual events. Kristiansand is a town of festivals; around 15 festivals are arranged every year. In addition to the above mentioned festivals you can also experience the International Children’s Film Festival,  the International Children and Youth Theatre Festival, Christiansand Protest festival and Dark Season.

 

Agder Artcentre serves around 200 professional artists in Southern Norway. Its mission is to promote arts and artists from the southern region of Norway and facilitate artistic exchanges. Today there are two part-time employees working with project-specific tasks.
The X – house is one of the main artist clusters in Kristiansand. It consists of 7 artists, their studios and a big hall for art projects. The artist in residence apartment is situated next door to the X-house.
Several artists are also working in studios at Odderøya – an island near the center of the town  – also a recreation and festival area. Situated here is Kristiansand graphic studio and also Fellesverkstedet Myren Grafikk at Myren Gård, that work with grapic prints.

 

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Kristiansand er landets sjette største by. Byen på sanden ble grunnlagt i 1641 av den dansknorske Kong Christian IV. Kystkommunen Kristiansand er fylkeshovedstad i Vest-Agder og byen har 86.000 innbyggere.
Sentralt lokalisert på Sørlandet, tilbyr byen gode innlands- og utenlandsreise og transportmuligheter.
Kristiansand er kjent for sin sterke satsing på miljø. Det er godt tilrettelagt for sykling og turer i skog og mark og byens badestrand ligger midt i sentrum. Universitetet i Agder med sine mange studenter setter sitt preg på byen.

 

Kristiansand har en meget aktiv kulturscene. En rekke kunstgallerier, Kristiansand Kunsthall, Sørlandets Kunstmuseum og Agder Kunstsenter presenterer interessante utstillinger av samtidskunst. Landsdelsinstitusjoner som Agder Teater og Kristiansand Symfoniorkester har alle sin base i Kilden teater og konserthus i Kristiansand.
Byens kulturtilbud inkluderer bl.a. Teateret, Agder naturmuseum og botanisk hage, Vest-Agder Museet, kino og bibliotek. Musikk spiller en sentral rolle for byens kulturliv, med Punktfestivalen som den største årlige attraksjonen. Kristiansand er festivalbyen med over 15 festivaler arrangert hvert år. I tillegg til de ovennevnte festivalene kan du også bl.a. oppleve Den Internasjonale barnefilmfestivalen, Christiansand Protestfestival og Dark Season.

 

Agder Kunstsenter har formidling av billedkunst og kunsthåndverk som hovedoppgave. Vi tilbyr kunstfaglig kompetanse tilrettelagt for ulike oppdrag. Senteret har mer enn 200 profesjonelle billedkunstnere og kunsthåndverkere fra Agder i sitt nettverk. På kunstsenteret vises det jevnlig utstillinger, det er gjesteforelesninger, forskjellige arrangementer. Det blir presentert utsmykkinger og prosjekter og AKS driver også salg av kunst.

 

X-huset er et av de mest sentrale atelierfellskapene i Kristiansand. Det består av 7 kunstnere, deres studioer og et stort prosjektrom. Gjestekunstnerleiligheten er nærmeste nabo til X-huset.
En rekke artister har også verksteder og jobber på Odderøya, en sentrumsnær øy som i tillegg er et rekreasjons- og festival område. Der er det også et stort grafisk verksted. Det finnes også et grafisk verksted på Myren gård som kommunen eier.

 

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