ENGLISH 2017-05-11T08:50:31+00:00

Arendals Courtyard – Bakgården


Bakgården is the best preserved courtyard in Arendal, dating back to 1720 when part of the house was built by Peder Thomasson. It is situated in Tyholmen, the old part of Arendal, were you can still find houses from the 16th to the 18th century, when the town when Arendal was one of the wealthiest towns in northern Europe. The buildings surrounding the backyard were built on a small island, with the canal – Smalsundet (narrow strait), in front. In 1778 the different buildings were gathered under one roof. The buildings were initially was built in Rococo style, which is evident when looking at the buildings from inside the courtyard. as can still be seen quite well inside the backyard, but the facade towards the street (canal until 1901) was remodeled into late empire in 1865. Peder Thomasson married Lovise Groos, and the childless couple left a large cultural and finanical heritage to the municipality of Arendal. There is still a street named after Thomasson. The house in now owned by Fagforeningen, a local union in Arendal.

Bakgården is today one of the country’s most charming and idyllic venues for concerts and events. From May to September you can experience a variety of concerts. With these wonderful surroundings and the intimacy between the artists and their audience this venue has been the favorite place to be for some of our most famous artist’s throughout years.

2017 – Bakgården:

31. may ;  20:00: Kristen Bråten Berg m/band. Norwegian folkmusic. Kirsten Bråten Berg voc, Rune Klakegg keyboards., Jan Olav Renvåg b, Leiv Rune Solberg strings.

7. june : 20:00: Steinar Raknes. STILLHOUSE. Rock, blues, country og americana. Steinar Raknes b, loop og vokal.

14. june : 20:00: Consert with young students from the local  «Culture school.»

21. june : 20:00: Jack Stillwater. Rootsband, americana. Terje Espenes voc, gtr, Morten Huseby gtr, Odd Inge Rand b, Arne Harald Foss dr.

28. june : 20:00: Camilla Susann Haug m/Espen Berg Trio & Lars Andreas Haug «TUSENTRINNSTRAPPA» Camilla Susann Haug voc, Lars Andreas Haug tuba, Espen Berg p, Bárður Reinert Poulsen b, Simon Olderskog Albertsen dr.

7. july : 20:00: Tonje Unstad. (voc/gtr) «Svermere» Norwegian singer-songwriter.

12. july : 20:00: Ine Hoem band. «MOONBIRD» Ine Hoem voc, Julie Falkevik Tungevåg keys, Trygve Fiske b, Marius Simonsen dr.

19. july : 20:00: Eldar Vågan & Tor Welo. Norwegian Stand Up – consert. Eldar Vågan gtr, voc. Tor Welo piano.

4. aug. : 20:00: Benedicte Maurseth & Anne Marie Jacobsen. Benedicte Maurseth hardingfiddle/voc, Anne Marie Jacobsen reading (norwegian).

11. aug. : 20:00: Knut Elvik & Anne Bolette Stang Eng with band. «Sings Cornelis Vreeswijk ” Knut Olaf Elvik og Anne Bolette Stang Eng voc/acting, Rasmus Solem keyboards, Espen Larsen gtr, Dag Tynes dr, Ole Kelly Kvamme b.

14. aug. : 18:00 Debate and consert with Daniela Reyes. Arendalsuka og Balansekunst.

15. aug. : 18:00 Debate and consert. «Classic music, opera-aries and Scandinavian jazz. Håkon Kornstad sax, voc, Frode Haltli accordion, Mats Eilertsen b. Arranger: Arendalsuka and Kulturrådet.

16. aug. : 21:00: Debate and consert. Jan Eggum (voc/gtr) Arranger: Samarbeid mot svart økonomi.

17. aug. : 17:00: Debate and consert.  Sudan Dudan.  Anders Erik Røine and Marit Karlberg på vocal, gtr, langeleik and munnharpe. Arr: Arendalsuka/Arrangørforum/Nasjonal jazzscene/ Riksscenen.

18. aug. : 13.00: Debate and consert. Rumi Songs. Trygve Seim sax, Tora Augestad voc, Frode Haltli accordion, Svante Henryson cello, Erling Kittelsen reading. Arr; Arendalsuka/Kunstnernettverket.

25 aug. : 20:00: ViTo. Folk- rock- pop – hillbillypunk. Turid Jørgensen Honerud gtr/voc and Audun Haukvik voc/gtr.

30. aug. : 19.00: Amatørene. Norwegian songs, country and sing along! Arr: Amatørene.

1. sept. : 19.00: Amatørene. Norwegian songs, country and sing along! Arr: Amatørene.

Tickets for Amatørene are available at the entrance. Arrangements during «Arendalsuka» are free.

Consert at farm:

Austre Moland: Family-consert at the farm of Sigurd og Anne-Berit Ledaal, Ottersland.

Sunday 9. july : 17.00. Mahsa Vahdat (Iran) and Coskun Karademir (Tyrkia) ”Old roots, new leaves”

Come and hear one of Iran’s most soulful female voices in our time along with three very talented musicians from Turkey. A meeting between Persian and Turkish music by two of the most important performers of vocal art related to the tradition of great classical Sufi-poets such as Rumi and Hafez. In addition to the two singers, we meet Ozer Ozel at Tamboor and Omer Arslan on percussion

Tickets on arrival: Familyticket NOK 500,- Single ticket NOK 250,- Student NOK 100,
Bring something to sit on.
The concert will be announced in the local papers.


E-18 from Arendal:
Follow signs to Saltrød and Heftingdalen. Take a left after 500 meters – towards Strengereid. Drive another 2 kilometer and take a right towards Saltrød.  After 500 meter you will reach Ottersland farm.


Practical information

Bakgården has a capacity of 200, and has a portable roof in case of showers. Beverages for sale.

Address: Nedre Tyholmsvei 16, 4836 Arendal.


Can be bought in Arendal Culture house ticketoffice, Sam Eydes plass 2, Monday – Friday 11.00 – 15.00, or at the entrance before the concert – if still available.

Online: arendalkulturhus.no (online ticketsale close 16.00 on consertday)

E-mail: billett@arendalkulturhus.no

Telephone: 37 00 60 60 – workingdays 11.00 – 16.00 (except july month)

Tickets for Amatørene are available at the entrance. Arrangements during «Arendalsuka» are free.

Bakgården is supported by the municipality of Arendal and Aust-Agder Bibliotek og kulturformidling.

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