Partner city: Stavanger

Stavanger: Capital of Culture

Stavanger is located on the southwest coast of Norway. Founded on fishing, shipping and timber, the city is often referred to as Norway’s Oil Capital and the wooden house capital of Europe.
Stavanger is an international city and a centre for technology and research related to the offshore industry. Artistic and cultural life is flourishing and people from all parts of the world live here. In 2008, Stavanger was European Capital of Culture with the ambitious theme of Open Port.
Partnercity: Stavanger

Sølvberget: a European centre for freedom of expression

The city of Stavanger has played a visionary role in the cause of free speech and freedom of expression. Stavanger Library and Cultural Centre – Sølvberget – is an important driving force behind this work. Sølvberget is the city’s house of literature and the region’s cultural hub and meeting place. The Centre also houses Stavanger Library, one of the biggest and most up-to-date libraries in the country, along with a vibrant children’s museum, cinema and café. The Cultural Market at Sølvberget, in addition to its own exhibitions, offers a multitude of other programmes. In 2007, nearly two million people visited this cultural centre.
Sølvberget hosts the annual Kapittel festival, Stavanger's international festival for literature and freedom of expression. This has become one of Norway's most highly respected festivals with prominent local, national and foreign writers and artists in attendance. Each year the festival focuses on a new international subject.

Shahrazad in Stavanger

Since 1996, Stavanger has been a City of Refuge for persecuted writers and a founding member of the International Cities of Refuge Network (ICORN). In 2005, Stavanger became the administrative centre for ICORN, which is based in Sølvberget.
This long-standing commitment to literature and free speech means that Stavanger is an experienced and dedicated partner in the Shahrazad:Stories for Life project. In addition to being the coordinator for the project, we have a special responsibility for the web page.

We look forward to bringing you a captivating collection of new stories from all over the world and hope you will participate in our project.

Links:

http://www.regionstavanger.com

http://www.stavanger-kulturhus.no/soelvberget/in_english/in_english

http://www.icorn.org/

Latest news Stavanger

Former Guest Writer Fathallah Mahmoud kicks of the Shahrazad events at Kapittel

Yesterday at Stavanger Cultural Centre, Otba Fathallah Mahmoud and storyteller Nina Næsheim shared fairytales and memories of growing up in Iraq with more than sixty children at Kapittel - Stavanger International Festival of Literature and Freedom of Expression. This event was the first of a series of Shahrazad happenings at this year's festival.

Cecilia Samartin and Erling Pettersen meet for a literary feast at Sølvberget

Sølvberget and Shahrazad - stories for life repeat last year's success, and start gearing up for Kapittel by inviting the Stavanger audience to a literary feast featuring bestselling writer Cecilia Samartin, and Bishop Erling Pettersen.

Writer in Residence: Jærgarden

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An ICORN Guest Writer visits the Jærgarden museum to talk to visiting school groups.

Writer in Residence: Pegah Ahmadi visits Stavanger Katedralskole

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ICORN Guest Writer Pegah Ahmadi (Iran/Frankfurt) visits a Stavanger High School and takes part as visiting lecturer for a week.


The storyteller

Shahrazad: Stories for Life will bring you new and exciting tales told by writers persecuted and silenced in their own homelands.

Shahrazad: Stories for Life will bring you new and exciting tales told by writers persecuted and silenced in their own homelands. Many are living as guest writers in a city of refuge.
Profile projects

Shahrazad: Stories for Life is a collaboration between six different organisations based in six European Cities of Refuge.

Shahrazad: Stories for Life will programme a cluster of events throughout the project period, including readings, debates, workshops and activities in various cultural arenas across Europe. To find out what’s happening in your area, check the calendar and news.
Partner Cities

Shahrazad: Stories for Life is a collaboration between six different organisations...

Shahrazad: Stories for Life is a collaboration between six different organisations based in six European Cities of Refuge: Barcelona, Brussels, Frankfurt, Norwich, Stockholm and Stavanger. While each city offers different approaches and different strengths, we all work for freedom of expression and for literature.
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