A historic and cultural gem
TEXT: SUNNIVA DAVIES-ROMMETVEIT | PHOTO © STAUBØ KULTURSENTER
Staubø Kultursenter seamlessly combines old with new, displaying historic maritime artefacts belonging to the local area, while also supporting the very best of southern Norwegian contemporary art and music.
Nestled in a fjord on Norway’s southernmost region of Sørlandet, Eldrup Hansen took over a historic building on the seafront of the Staubø fjord in 1985. In doing so, he wanted to transform its 100-year history into a place where visitors could not only learn about its nautical past, but also experience contemporary concerts and art exhibitions – making a ‘living cultural centre’.
“The Staubø Kultursenter building was constructed in 1880 as shipping offices. It has been a bakery, pastry shop, and much more over the years,” explains Hansen. “For us, it’s important to showcase the centre’s rich history to locals and summer guests alike. We also have art exhibitions all summer at our gallery, and concerts throughout July – so there really is something for everyone.”
With Staubø easily accessible by boat and road, visitors can immerse themselves in the beautiful art on display, or get transported back in time by the many interesting artefacts from sailors in the area. “We are aiming to work with the Maritime Association in Staubø to bring the history of the area to life even more,” Hansen adds.
After experiencing both the history of the area and contemporary art and music, visitors to the centre can make the most of the Norwegian summer months by sitting on the centre’s terrace, right by the sea. “We have coffees, teas and beer brewed locally from the Knoppetangen Brewery. We also serve Norwegian classics – like creamy fish soup and waffles fresh from the waffle iron. On a nice day, people buy ice cream and enjoy it with their legs dipping into the sea.”
This idyllic setting makes Staubø Kultursenter a must-see for anyone in the area. “We really love sharing this cultural treasure with visitors from near and far,” Hansen says. “Everyone is welcome, and we have lots on offer this year that we’re really looking forward to sharing with our guests.”