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Kapittel at MUST

​Kapittel 2019 begins on Wednesday 18 September. Several of the events will be held at our museums.

Kapittel, Stavanger’s international festival for literature and freedom of expression, is one of Norway’s largest literature festivals. It has developed into an important literary arena both nationally and internationally.

First time in 1995
The festival was organised for the first time in 1995. Since then, Sølvberget – ‘Stavanger Culture House’, has been the festival’s organiser and main arena.

This year’s theme: the body
This year’s theme is ‘the body’, and several festival events will take place outside Sølvberget, not least at Stavanger Museum, Stavanger Art Museum and Utstein Monastery:


THURSDAY, 19 September


Literary Lunch
Stavanger Museum, 12:30 pm

Listen to literary readings in your lunch break! Today’s readers are the prize-winning authors Burhan Sönmez, Isabella Hammad and Lars Ramslie.

The event is free.


Kapittel kuppelkupp
Stavanger Art Museum, 6:30 pm–9 pm

‘If One Keeps Walking’ is created by Yakira Dance Company. This is an outdoor dance performance inspired by Norwegians’ special love of walking in nature. The choreographer Hagit Yakira is fascinated by all aspects of our walking/hiking culture, from the meditative qualities of walking in nature to the social aspect of walking in groups. The performance involves more than 40 dancers, some of whom are professionals and students, while others are local inhabitants who have been invited to participate in a dance inspired by the idea of taking a walk around Mosvatnet.

The performance starts at 6:30 pm near the play area by Mosvannsparken bus stop.

The event is free.

FRIDAY, 20 SEPTEMBER

Literary Lunch
Stavanger Museum, 12:30 pm

Listen to literary readings in your lunch break! Today’s readers are the recognised authors Trude Marstein, Maria Kjos Fonn and Mazen Maarouf.

The event is free.

Between Plants and Poetry at Stavanger Art Museum, 7 pm–8:30 pm

Welcome to a beautiful encounter between poetry, movement and visual art in the exhibition “Flora – Between Plants and People”. Kapittel authors Øyvind Rimbereid, Ruth Lillegraven and Gunstein Bakke read from their own texts. The choreographer Stine I. Knudsen and the dancers Maria Hannevold, Camilla Apeland and Victoria Jane Harley allow themselves to be inspired by the works in the exhibition.

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SATURDAY, 21 SEPTEMBER


Literary Lunch
Stavanger Museum, 12:30 pm

Listen to literary readings in your lunch break! Today’s readers are the recognised authors Johan Harstad, Gunnhild Øyehaug and Cathrine Knudsen.

The event is free.

Kapittel kuppelkupp
Stavanger Art Museum, 1:30 pm–4 pm

‘If One Keeps Walking’ is created by Yakira Dance Company. This is an outdoor dance performance inspired by Norwegians’ special love of walking in nature. The choreographer Hagit Yakira is fascinated by all aspects of our walking/hiking culture, from the meditative qualities of walking in nature to the social aspect of walking in groups. The performance involves more than 40 dancers, some of whom are professionals and students, while others are local inhabitants who have been invited to participate in a dance inspired by the idea of taking a walk around Mosvatnet.

The performance starts at 1:30 pm near the play area by Mosvannsparken bus stop.

The event is free.

SUNDAY, 22 SEPTEMBER


Corpus/Membra Jesu nostril
Utstein Monastery, 1 pm–3 pm

‘Salve mundi salutare’ is a medieval poem in seven parts which honours Christ’s body as he suffers on the cross: his feet, knees, hands, side, breast, heart and face. The most famous treatment of this poetic cycle is the composer Buxtehude’s cantata ‘Membra Jesu Nostri’ – ‘The Limbs of Our Jesus’.

For this year’s festival, Kapittel has commissioned Gunnar Wærness to create a new, Norwegian-language poetic cycle based on the classic work. The honorarium for the work will help pay for drilling a well in Mberengwa, Zimbabwe.

The commissioned work will be presented at a concert in combination with Stavanger Barokk and Nils Henrik Asheim. In the concert’s first half, the early-music ensemble has selected music from liturgical texts relating to the festival theme ‘the body’. In the second half, the new version of ‘Membra Jesu nostri’ will be presented by Gunnar Wærness, Nils Henrik Asheim and Stavanger Barokk.

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See kapittel.no for more information about this year’s festival programme.