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The new Opera House in Oslo. Photo: The Opera House.


Social Program


Tickets for payable evening events
may be booked during the online registration process or purchased at the Tours and Social Events desk as long as places remain available.

Opening Ceremony
Wednesday 6 August at 18.00 hrs
Price: included in registration fee

The Opening Ceremony of the 33rd IGC will take place in the Plenary Hall of the Norway Convention Centre and is open to all participants, registered accompanying persons and exhibitors to the Congress. This will be the Grand Opening of the Congress, with welcome speeches, presentations of all the Nordic countries, their characteristics and similarities, and spectacular stage events. All participants must be seated at 17.45 for the Opening ceremony due to the arrival of His Majesty King Harald V.

Icebreaker Party (sponsored by Det norske, PGS and Store Norske Spitsbergen Kulkompani A/S (SNSK))
Wednesday 6 August at 19.30 hrs
Price: included in registration fee

The Organisers invite all participants, registered accompanying persons and exhibitors to the get-together Icebreaker party following directly after the Opening Ceremony. Enjoy a drink and some light food and reunite with colleagues from all over the world. Please register at our web site.

A Night at the Opera "Porgy & Bess" (Sponsored by A/S Norske Shell)
Friday 8 August at 19.00 hrs.
Price: €35

Experience Gershwin's Porgy and Bess in the new Oslo Opera House.
The brand new Oslo Opera House (opened in April 2008) has received worldwide attention for its architecture and acoustics.  On Friday 8th August you will have the opportunity to experience the opera house and to watch a fantastic South African ensemble performing Gershwin's masterpiece "Porgy and Bess". The closest underground/ train station to the Opera House is Jernbanetoget/ Oslo Central Station. 
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Tickets are sold through the website. To secure a seat we strongly recommend booking tickets in advance. Leftover tickets will be sold during the conference.

Congress Barbeque (
sponsored by The City of Oslo and A/S Norske Shell)
Monday 11 August at 19.30 hrs
Price: €25

The Organisers invite all participants, registered accompanying persons and exhibitors to a Barbeque party in the lush and beautiful Botanical garden in the centre of Oslo. The Botanical garden is surrounding the Natural history Museum at Tøyen, and all parts of the museum (the Geological, Zoological and Botanical sections) will be open for the evening. The Geological Museum is housing the famous exhibition Messel on Tour at the time. Don't miss the chance to see these marvellous fossils from Messel in Germany.

The barbeque party is the main social event for second week participants. You are advised to dress casually, with good, flat shoes and to bring an umbrella or raincoat. Do come and meet your friends on this light summer evening. The Botanical Garden is located at Tøyen, just to the east of central Oslo. Underground: Tøyen.

 

Smuget Music Club Evening
Tuesday 12 August
Price: €45,- per person including entrance, light tapas buffet and a glass of wine.
There are a limited number of tickets. Starting at 20:30 hours until the early hours.

33IGC has organised a special evening event at Norways' largest music club, Smuget. There will be a special program including a live band and discoteque, exclusively for IGC participants.

Smuget is located in the city centre, with a venue of more than 1000 square meters including two stages, six bars and four different sections - guaranteeing IGC participants a great night! Smuget is frequently hosting various shows with Norwegian artists, and all in all a place worth checking out the whole week. Smuget Music Club is at Rosenkrantzgaten 22. The closest underground station is Stortinget and recommended dress is informal.
 Smuget Music Club
Smuget Music Club



Closing Ceremony
Thursday 14 August at 13.30 hrs
Price: included in registration fee

The Closing Ceremony of the 33rd IGC will take place in the Plenary Hall of the Venue, and is open to all participants, registered accompanying persons and exhibitors to the Congress. The Organisers invite you all to this ‘goodbye to Norden’, and ‘welcome to Australia in 2012!’ Included in the registration fee.