Finally, the waiting is over! The harbour of Stavanger is decorated ready for a party and filled with amazing ships, lots of activities, stalls selling all sorts, exhibitors, and last but not least, a full Cultural Program.
From 26th – 29th July Stavanger will welcome 65 ships from 17 different countries which will moor up along 1.5 km of the quayside from the Oil Museum to the Stavanger Concert Hall. The ships have spent the last few days sailing from Esbjerg (DK) and are slowly sailing along the Norwegian coast making their way to fill up the harbour area of Stavanger (Vågen).
Project Manager, Knud Helge Robberstad, is ready to receive and welcome hundreds of thousands of enthused guests from home and abroad and is optimistic before it all kicks off.
” Now we will complete what we have spent many months preparing. An incredible number of people have done a massive amount of work, literally, to get this event into port, and I hope and believe that everyone will enjoy themselves in the harbour area”, he says.
The Gladmat Festival was last week, which means that the Stavanger public are well prepared for the festival in the harbour. During The Tall Ships Races, the festival area is open from 10:00 to 21:00 daily, with concerts and events further into the evening.
“Now it´s all about getting the practical information out to the visitors. I would encourage people to come in good time before the event starts. Plan your visit well in advance, and please come back several times if you have missed seeing something the first time. There are a lot of exciting things happening in the festival area all the time”, he smiles.
Drink lots of water!
It has been a very hot summer, bringing back memories of 1997, the first-time Stavanger hosted The Tall Ships Races.
“We are looking forward to good weather, but must encourage the public to drink enough water. It is getting hot down in the harbour”, he smiles.
As the festival extends over a record wide area, Robberstad also has a clear tip to the visitors:
” Use the full length of the festival area! There are a lot of exciting things to see and do along the entire route from Børevigå to the Concert Hall”, he says.
He also reminds people to remember that NSB has put on additional train carriages and that Kolumbus has increased its bus capacity during the festival.
”We expect a lot of people, so public transport and bicycles are recommended as a means of transport. There is also free parking at the P-Forum and P-Siddis parking houses at Stavanger Forum (Madlaveien) during the festival, and there are regular buses to and from the city centre from here”, he reminds.