In the early days of the 20th century, large power plants were constructed around Norway to electrify the country. One of the first was built at Kykkelsrud in Askim to exploit the current of Norway’s largest river Glomma. Today, the old, discontinued power plant has been turned into a protected cultural heritage site, where pop sensation Eva Weel Skram will open the annual Kraftfestivalen this August. “The old turbine hall at Kykkelsrud is almost like a cathedral. The vibe quickly gets majestic when we bring artists in to play among the historical machinery,” says festival manager Tommy Leret.

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