Right, you bring your baby to cinema and the baby will scream as the lights are dimmed, ha?
Bring 30 babies and you have a party.
This is reality at Asker cinema - "babykino".
Tellingly, the first movie shown was Bridget Jones....
Emphasis on parents wishing to bring small children/babies, good parking possibilites, indoor "parling" for prams, trolleys, bags.
There are care tables inside, and room for baby bags and chairs.
In order not to scare the babies, sound level is moderate. After the movie there is baby massage and coffee/tea/cakes.
As a traveller with baby, you can obviously drop by and join the crowd. If you do not have a baby, but wish to see a film, choose another time to watch....
The baby family program is called "Film Pluss".
St. Hans Midsummer Festival - Hvalstrand
St. Hans midsummer celebrations are just a popular midsummer celebration of light nights, beginning of summer holidays for many and simply the arrival of warm summer weather.
There are local community organized festival arrangements including public bonfires , music and food sales etc. Nothing much beyond good companionship, picnics, drinks, dancing, staying up late and games for the kids. Many Norwegians seem to be conceived during this night...
Hvalstrand is the key action place for mainland based celebrtations in Asker. Packed with people, some good entertainment. Nice place to be the evening 23. June every year.
Infatuated with Thailand
Asker (with neighbouring Bærum) is the municipality in Norway with perhaps the most eager travellers; it is a relatively wealthy community and it is a popular place to live for international couples. Not so many immigrants, as cross-national marriages. Asker has the highest per capita adoption rate as well, which seems to be linked to on average higher education levels, many career women and late child bearing.
A place of the imagination for many here seems to be Thailand, and statistics speaks again; there are many Thai/Norwegian married couples living here. And out of the 84 Norwegians killed by the 2004 tsunami in Thailand a large number were from Asker & Bærum. A national memorial to the tsunami victims are in the process to be set up on the shores of Bærum.
The tsunami and the heartfelt reactions by the Thai people toward foreign victims' families amidst their own catastrophe struck a very strong cord among people in Asker, and locally initiated humanitarian actions were instigated here, especially popular was the Long Tail Boat Action for re-building the damaged boats and fishing vessels in the Krabi provincial coast. The name comes from a longtail boat that has been imported from Thailand, justly baptised "Thailand" and is being used here in Asker.
A group of survivors in Asker are maintaining and using the longtail boat and keeps the interest in Thailand alive here with us, and urges people to visit Thailand on Thailand's and Thai peoples' premises.
17th May - National Day - part 1
Actually it is the constitution day, the constitution adopted 17 May 1814. May just be advisable to review that constitution by now, but what the heck; as long as we can celebrate it as a sign of freedom, liberty, participation and democracy it's probably ok for another year.
17 May is supposed to be the end of a long winter, the outbreak of spring, the greening of the birch trees, the end of seconday school for the 3rd graders ("russ"), the beginning of romances and a dash of national romanticism and qoutes of the authors of literary national epics. But is seems to be dapperly signified by ubiquitous rain.
People show up in their best (yet practical) and it is a spectacle of folk costumes. Asker has people from all over the country, so the representation fo regional costumes is especially wide.
Every summer in late August the festival Children's Island ("Barneøya") is organised at Kalvøya Island in neighbouring Baerum municipality. If you have children it's well worth checking out. See their web site for info on tisyear's festival.
Phone for tickets 81533133.
Info and tickets also at Baerum Cultural Center ("Bærum Kulturhus").