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Konsert og foredrag på Hallen etter tog, is og taler

Concert with Torgeir Waldemar and lecture at the Hall after trains and speeches

After the procession from Varden has arrived at Verkstedstranda, and you are finished with speeches and ice cream, you can take part in a talk and a concert in the old assembly house Eidsfoss hall. Frank Meyer from the Kongsberg mining museum tells about truancy, drunkenness, theft and worker revolt at Næs ironworks. Torgeir Waldemar then offers his sensitive, but unpolished and brutally honest Americana. Entrance: NOK 150 vipps/cash only.

Welcome to May Day at Eidsfoss.


At 1pm: train from Varden to Hallen with battle cries, flags, banners and posters – feel free to bring your own!

At 1.20pm: Eidsfoss Landhandel, Hof Hornmusikk plays

2 pm: Speeches, free ice cream for the children and activities on Verkstedstranda. Sale of coffee and cakes/ice cream

4 pm: Lecture with Frank Meyer in Eidsfoss Hall “Truancy, drunkenness, theft and worker revolt at Næs ironworks”.

5pm: Concert with Torgeir Waldemar


Frank Meyer: “Truancy, Drunkenness, Theft and Workers Revolt at Næs Ironworks”.

Frank Meyer, Kongsberg bergverksmuseum (formerly Næs jernverksmuseum), tells about Næs jernverk’s workers’ history. The iron works experienced good economic times in the mid-18th century. At the same time, differences in living conditions between the “top” and “bottom” of the society increased. How did the workers react to this development? Frank Meyer tells about the workers’ different reactions to higher work pressure and a dramatic deterioration in the living conditions of the workers’ families. Meyer is a German-Norwegian historian with a long career in both the archive and museum sector in Norway, as from the University of Oslo (2001) and dr.phil. from the University of Greifswald (1997). He has been first archivist and head of department at the National Archives in Oslo, general manager of the Arbeiderbevegelsen’s archive and library with editorial responsibility for the journal Arbeiderhistorie, and held a professorship at Oslo University College and worked as historian and project manager at Næs jernverksmuseum in Tvedestrand.

Torgeir Waldemar: Intimate concert

Torgeir Waldemar has played at SXSW in Austin, toured Europe, filled Rockefeller and played for a packed Norwegian Opera with strings, bands and dancers. Now Torgeir has removed all unnecessary equipment and travels alone with no other company than a banjo and a guitar. The Norway tour starts in September and Waldemar will visit clubs and cultural centers, in villages and towns, throughout our long country. Join us for an intimate evening of sensitive, but unpolished and brutally honest Americana. Direct, sincere and unadorned, is where you find Torgeir Waldemar.

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