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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. In 2016, the festival is arranged for the 20th year in a row. One of the festival´s hallmark is the use of different special venues where uniqueness and experience are merged with musical encounters.

About Canal Street

People, music, magic,
«Light house jazz» on the island of «Lille Torungen fyr», «swimming blues» & «splashing jazz» in the outport of Merdø, bohemian jazz at the ferry place of Kolbjørnsvik and «feeling 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 program 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 taken many artists from our neighbouring Scandinavian countries, and from 2006 we have also been able to offer major international artists.

Practical information

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

Festival office
The festival office is located at Poppes plass (next to ”Strand Kafe), 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:

27th of  July : 11:00 - 20:00
28th of  July:  11:00 - 20:00
29th of  July:  11:00 - 20:00
30th of  July:  11:00 - 16:00

Age limits
Most of the arrangements/shows  have no age limits, with the exception of concerts at  establishments where the establishments have their own age limit which applies. 
Children at concerts
BarneStreet: Children under the age of 3 get free entrance.
At arrangements at night time, ”Buøya” og ”Fyrkonserten”, children must be accompanied by an adult.
Ticket price for kids is applicable for children up to (and included) the age of 12. Free entrance for children under 3 years old.
Children under the age of 12 have free entrance if ticket price for kids are not stated.

Disabled information
Everyone is welcome to Canal Street. If you need to bring your companion, 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.

Different 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. 

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

NB:  Transport To Lille Torungen fyr (light house) !
Canal street has its own transport arrangement to Lille Torungen fyr:
Bus from city centre (bus stop close to Sparebanken Sør, Vesterveien) from 13.00 hours and onwards to about 15.30. Audience will be transported in ferries from Hisøy to the island of «Lille Torungen fyr». Return after the concert. Bus/ferry ticket is not included in the concert ticket price. NOK 200 for roundtrip. Children under 12: free.

To Arendal Cemetary - no special transport. Regular bus from the city - or car (some parking spaces). Best option is to walk from city centre  - about 15 min.

MF Kolbjørn III - ferry every 20th or 30th minute from town. During Canal Street extra night time ferry until 03:00 hours (Wednesday - Saturday)
Tromøyferja - ferry every 30th minute from town. During Canal Street extra night time ferry until 03:00 hours (Wednesday - Saturday)

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

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