Date:  16 May 2009 23:00

17th May celebrations in London

The 17th May - Norway's National Day -  is a public holiday in Norway and is celebrated extensively by Norwegians all over the world. The main event in London is the gathering in Southwark Park,  SE16


9.00 am
Flag-hoisting at the Norwegian School, 28 Arterberry Road, Wimbledon, SW20. Visitors welcome   
Tube: Wimbledon 

11.00 am
Celebratory Service at the Norwegian Church, Albion Street, Rotherhithe, SE16
Tube: Bermondsey, Rotherhithe or Canada Water

1.00 pm
National Day Festivities in Southwark Park, Jamaica Road, SE16   Tube: Bermondsey, Rotherhithe or Canada Water

  • Grand Flag Parade for children and adults
  • Mosterøy School Band leads the parade
  • Principal Speech by the poet and writer Jan Erik Vold
  • Speeches by children from the Norwegian School and the Saturday School 
  • 'Mini concert' by Mosterøy School Band
  • Norwegian School Choir 
  • Show by Boo Entertainment
  • Musical entertainment 
  • Children's games and races
  • Sale of ice cream and hot dogs  

Adults      £3.00
Students  £2.00
Children under 16 free

Lunch and dinner at Restaurant Madsen, South Kensington
The Scandinavian restaurant Madsen serves up Norwegian food throughout the day: A buffet with traditional dishes at lunchtime, and pork belly with spiced cabbage in the evening.  Bookings to 020 7225 2772. 
See also "A week of Norwegian food in South Ken" elsewhere on our website.

5.00 pm: Free concert in Covent Garden
Absent Elk, which has been supporting Girls Aloud lately on tour, is a Brighton-based band with a Norwegian front man. They play soaring melody driven indie pop and are tipped as 'one to watch for 2009'. Join the band to celebrate the launch of their debut single 'Sun and Water' and Norway's national day. A special free intimate acoustic performance will take place outside the West Piazza, Covent Garden at 5pm, where Norwegian frontman Kjetil Mørland and the band will play songs from their forthcoming album.

Absen Elk will perform at the West Piazza, Covent Garden, at 5pm on Sunday 17 May.

6.30 pm
Gala Dinner at Den Norske Klub, 4 St James's Square, SW1.
Three-course dinner and entertainment. New members and guests/non-members welcome. Members £65, guests £70. For more details and/or to sign up, please contact the Klub secretary on 020 7839 6242.

7.00 pm
National Day Celebrations
at the Norwegian Church, Albion Street, Rotherhithe, SE16
Tube: Bermondsey, Rotherhithe or Canada Water
All welcome


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