Kilden Performing Arts Centre

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Coordinates: 58°8′20.81″N 7°59′49.73″E / 58.1391139°N 7.9971472°E / 58.1391139; 7.9971472

Kilden Performing Arts Centre
Kilden teater og konserthus
Kilden teater- og konserthus.jpg
General information
Type Arts complex
Architectural style Modernism
Location Kristiansand, Norway
Completed 2012
Opening 6. January 2012
Technical details
Structural system Characteristic Oak waves at the sea front.
Design and construction
Architect ALA Architects, Finland
Main contractor AF group

Kilden Performing Arts Centre is a theater and concert hall on Odderøya in Kristiansand, Norway. It houses Agder Teater, Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra (KSO) and Opera Sør in a joint project never previously embarked upon.[1] There is room for a variety of concerts and other forms of cultural expression. Managing Director: Bentein Baardson.[2]

The Company[edit]

The building is built and owned by the company "Kilden teater- og konserthus for Sørlandet IKS", and Kristiansand Municipality (80%) and Vest-Agder County (20%) are owners. The company was established in 2003 and the name Kilden (meaning "the source") specified in 2006.[3]

The building[edit]

Work on the building began in 2007, and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway laid the foundation stone in 2009. The opening was officially finished 6 January 2012. Its architect was Finnish ALA Architects, acoustical consultants were Brekke & Strand, the acoustic design of the concert hall was by Arup and the main contractor was AF group. The building has a gross area of 16,000 square meters and a volume of 128,000 cubic meters. The building cost nearly 1.7 billion Norwegian krones.[4][5] Guided tours in the building last about 30 minutes.[6]


The building has four stages:

  • Concert Hall with 1 185 seats
  • Theatre & Opera Hall with 708 seats, orchestra pit with space for 70 musicians
  • Multi-room with 234 seats or 400 standing
  • Intimate Hall with 150 seats


  1. ^ About Kilden (English)
  2. ^ Bentein Baardson in Norwegian
  3. ^ Kilden Teater- og Konserthus for Sørlandet Iks hos
  4. ^ Kulturhusprosessen
  5. ^ History in English, at the official website
  6. ^ Guided tours

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