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Canal Street

Canal Street is one of the very finest festivals in Norway, with musical roots in both jazz and blues. The festival has been arranged for 21 years in a row. One of the festival hallmarks is the use of different special venues, where uniqueness and experience are merged with musical encounters.

About Canal Street

People, music, magic: lighthouse jazz on the island of Lille Torungen, swimming blues & splashing jazz in the outport of Merdø, bohemian jazz at the ferry place of Kolbjørnsvik and feelings at the filling at the sanitation facilities at Heftingdalen are some examples of this.

Location, culture and history
A festival like this, with both jazz and blues as a base, gives us unique possibilities to show the different musical expressions in the specter between two genres which are closely linked historically.

By using maritime environments and the unique venues and locations Arendal has to offer, we want to create an comprehensive experience where location, culture and history makes forceful surroundings around musical encounters between artists and audience.

Canal Street's programme strategy is to offer the best of the Norwegian music; the new exciting, but also the traditional expression within the genres. We have throughout the years showcased many artists from our neighbouring Scandinavian countries, and from 2006 we have also been able to offer major international artists.

Practical information

Festival passes and day passes

Valid for all venues. Festival passes and day passes must be exchanged into bracelets at the Festival office.

Festival office

The festival office is located at Poppes plass (next to "Strand Café" and "Madam Reiersen"), Nedre Tyholmsvei 13. Here you will get information about everything you need to know about the festival including these services:

  • Exchange of day passes and festival passes into bracelets
  • Accreditation of volunteers and guests
  • Buying tickets
  • Buying drinking coupons
  • Volunteer service

Festival office opening hours:

July 26: 11:00–20:00
July 27: 11:00–20:00
July 28: 11:00–20:00
July 29: 11:00–16:00

Children at concerts; prices and age limits
Most of the arrangements/shows have no age limits, with the exception of concerts at  establishments where there are special rules which applies. At arrangements at night time and at Merdø, children must be accompanied by an adult. 

BarneStreet: free entrance
Pollen concert Saturday: NOK 100 (or family ticket)
Other venues: see programme

Ticket prices for kids are applicable for children up to and including the age of 12. Children under the age of 12 are admitted for free if a separate ticket price for kids is not stated. Free entrance for children under 3 y/o, always.

Disabled information

Everyone is welcome to Canal Street. If you need to bring your companion/assistant, he/she will get free entrance upon showing a valid companion card. We do our best so that everyone will get a great and memorable concert experience, even though some of our venues can be practically challenging. If special assistance is required, please contact the festival well in advance.

Other practical information

Your own beverages, alcohol or other drugs, glass bottles, sharp objects, umbrellas or professional camera equipment are not allowed on the concert premises.

Transportation

Our concerts are held at different venues and we try our best to get you there in the best possible way.

To Merdø: Canal Street has a dedicated transport arrangement to Merdø, with shuttle buses from the city centre (bus stop at Peder Thomassons gate) to the ferry (Rævesand Tromøy) from 1:00pm and onwards to 3:30pm. Return after the concert. Bus/ferry tickets are not included in the concert ticket price. NOK 150 for roundtrip. Children under 12: free.

To Arendal cemetery: no special transport. Regular bus from the city, or car (some available parking spaces). Best option is to walk from the city centre – about 15 minutes.

To and from Arendal by ferry: MF Kolbjørn III and Tromøyferja are the town ferries to and from Hisøy and Tromøy. During Canal Street both ferries sail every 30 minutes, with expanded schedules until 03:00am (Wed–Sat).

If you are arriving by your own boat, it is possible to stay in the guest harbor, Arendal Gjestehavn, at Rådhusbrygga.




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