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Norway’s UNESCO journey and the Blues. Industrial small town Notodden in Telemark County is known for its festival, rivers, industrial adventure, and Norsk Hydro. It is now nominated for UNESCO status. "Rjukan-Notodden industrial heritage" and "Viking heritage" are being put forward for inclusion on UNESCO’s World Cultural and Natural Heritage list. The Viking serial nomination comprises land, sea, and townscapes stretching from the North Atlantic to the Baltic Sea. It is among the thousands of Viking sites dating from the Eighth to the Twelfth Centuries A.D. “Both areas are good examples of cultural heritage from earlier periods in Norwegian history. Industrial heritage sites in Rjukan-Notodden can tell us the story of a grand industrial adventure, while the Viking heritage shows examples of a "mythical" period in Norwegian history,” says the Conservatives’ (H) Climate and Environment Minister Tine Sundtoft.

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Norway’s UNESCO journey and the Blues

Published on Thursday, 30th January, 2014 at 21:42 under the news category, by Tove Andersson.

Industrial small town Notodden in Telemark County is known for its festival, rivers, industrial adventure, and Norsk Hydro. It is now nominated for UNESCO status.

The book and blues house, Notodden
US blues artist Walter Trout will be seeing this new building on his return to this year's Notodden Blues Festival.The book and blues house, Notodden
Photo: Tove Andersson


"Rjukan-Notodden industrial heritage" and "Viking heritage" are being put forward for inclusion on UNESCO’s World Cultural and Natural Heritage list. The Viking serial nomination comprises land, sea, and townscapes stretching from the North Atlantic to the Baltic Sea. It is among the thousands of Viking sites dating from the Eighth to the Twelfth Centuries A.D.

“Both areas are good examples of cultural heritage from earlier periods in Norwegian history. Industrial heritage sites in Rjukan-Notodden can tell us the story of a grand industrial adventure, while the Viking heritage shows examples of a "mythical" period in Norwegian history,” says the Conservatives’ (H) Climate and Environment Minister Tine Sundtoft.

Aluminum production ceased in eastern Norway’s Notodden when the company got expertise from Germany and moved to Rjukan, well-known during World War II for sabotage attempts on the Vemork heavy water plant.

Norwegian nominations have been paused since Sweden withdrew their plans of a joint application for the tentative list, but Norway has now chosen two more sites for the "Viking Age Sites in Northern Europe", a project of cultural heritage on Iceland, in Denmark, Germany, and Latvia.

This is good news for 100-year-old Notodden, the place better known as The Blues Town for the last 25 years. 30,000 people visit Notodden during the first week each August for the unique atmosphere the blues festival creates – which is helped by 600 volunteers and international musical legends. 

Minister of Culture Thorhild Widvey for the Conservative Party will open Norway’s first book and blues house, Friday. This will mean the valley looks slightly different when blues rocker Walter Trout returns this year since his last time there in 2010.

Notodden also has its own "Blues Walk of Fame", and is the first town outside the US that is an official part of the American blues heritage. Moreover, the Mississippi Blues Trail and the book and blues house will offer a spectacular view over the water. Telemark County and Rjukan will offer tourists a part of the UNESCO trail too, with the nomination.

The "Viking Heritage" nomination category consists of ship burials in Vestfold County (Borrehaugene in Horten, Oseberghaugen in Tønsberg, and Sandefjord’s Gokstadhaugen), as well as millstone quarries in Hyllestad in Sogn og Fjordane County.




Published on Thursday, 30th January, 2014 at 21:42 under the news category, by Tove Andersson.

This post has the following tags: notoddenblues, unesco, vikings, wwii, rjukan, heavywater.





  
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