His Majesty King Harald and Her Majesty Queen Sonja visited on Monday the municipality of Bø in Telemark in central Norway. The visit was made to celebrate Gullbring cultural centre’s 25th anniversary. Gullbring cultural centre also began work on new housing for new students at the University of Southeast Norway. Gullbring cultural centre is huge in traditional bunad production.
Children and young people contributed to a large folk party at the cultural centre, where Their Majesties the King and Queen arrived to music from the village’s school corps. More than 240 children from kindergartens in Bø and Sauherad municipalities opened the cultural programme with songs for the royals. The royal couple received flowers upon arrival, as well.
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Kong Harald og Dronning Sonja dro på besøk til Bø i Telemark i dag. Der fikk de delta i markeringen av at Gullbring Kulturanlegg er 25 år og Kong Harald la ned grunnsteinen til nye studentboliger til Universitetet i Sørøst-Norge. Besøket ble avsluttet med tradisjonsrik bunadsproduksjon hos Almankås. Foto: Terje Pedersen @ntb_scanpix #kongehuset #kongharald #dronningsonja #gullbringkulturanlegg
Next, a cultural outdoor ceremony took place in beautiful weather with songs and a poetry reading from the large outdoor stage. The outdoor programme ended with the unveiling of the new mayor chain for the newly established Mid-Telemark municipality. The two municipalities Bø and Sauherad that will merge from 1 January 2020. Goldsmith Gunnbjørg Listog explained about the symbolism and the artistic design of the chain.
After the dancers from the cultural schools in Bø concluded the performances, the King and Queen settled into the bike that took them from the outdoor arena to the main entrance at Gullbring. In Framstugo, the King was given the opportunity to hear more about music, the outdoor life and other activities for young people in Bø. From Gullbring, the couple went to the University of the South East, which has one of its campuses in Bø. King Harald laid the foundation stone for the new student housing that was set to be built many years ago.
The royal couple’s municipal visit was concluded with a stay at Almankås. There, the King and Queen greeted several of the staff sitting around the company’s sewing table, working on new national costumes.