Congress information

Getting to Oslo


Social and cultural programme


Post- conference tours

We have great pleasure in inviting you to Oslo for a joint IAML - IASA Congress. Our capital has been nicknamed a “cauldron” due to its central location in southern Norway and because it actually is a big melting pot that combines big city life, easily accessible pristine nature, a booming cultural life, living history ..... in short, the promise to satisfy any cultural, professional, gastronomical and social hunger. 

For the first time since 1996 we will have a joint congress and a joint programme with our sister-organisation, IASA. What is music without sound? Hopefully we will discover we have more in common now than 25 years ago due to easier access to virtual libraries through the Internet. New and interesting topics will be covered. The professional programme will add both knowledge and inspiration to your daily work. You will be able to establish useful contact with colleagues from all over the world. We look forward to welcoming you to Oslo.

Congress information


The registration deadline is May 1st 2004. After that date a higher registration fee will be charged. Registration fee for members of IAML or IASA: NOK 1.600,- before May 1st and NOK 2.000,- after that date. Completed registration form for the congress and accommodation should be sent by mail or fax to:

Norsk musikkråd, P.O.Box 440 Sentrum,
NO-0103 Oslo, Norway
Telefax +47 22 42 44 10

Electronic registration is possible through our website


By international bank transfer: Remember to enclose a copy of your receipt of payment By credit card: Visa or Mastercard


Cancellations are possible up to June 1st. The amount paid will be reimbursed after deducting bank charges and any deposit charge incurred by IAML-IASA 2004 for accommodation bookings.

Cancellations received after June 1st  will only be refunded after the receipt of an official document confirming that the cancellation is due to illness or accident.

Congress venue

The congress will take place at The University of Oslo, Blindern, in Georg Sverdrups Hus (The University Library) and Helga Engs Hus.

From the city centre, station “Nationaltheatret”, you can easily reach the University by subway no. 3 (Sognsvann) or no. 5 (Storo) two stops and 6 minutes distance.

Helga Engs Hus
Sem Sælandsvei 7, Blindern
Georg Sverdrups Hus
Moltke Moesvei 39, Blindern

Registration information

Registration for the congress will take place in Georg Sverdrups Hus.

Saturday August 7th  – 11.00 – 18.00
Sunday August 8th  – 09.30 – 17.00
Monday August 9th  – Friday August 13th  - 09.00-17.00 (closed Wednesday afternoon)

Trade display

Georg Sverdrups Hus offers excellent facilities for trade exhibitors. Exhibitors who wish to receive further details should contact 

Tedd Urnes
Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation
Archive & Research
NO-0340 Oslo
Tlf. +47 23 04 91 35
Telefax: +47 23 04 85 58


For those of you who choose to stay in a hotel in the centre, lunch can be provided at Blindern Studenterhjem for the price of NOK 70,-, including a hot meal. You will have to book lunch in advance if you wish to eat there. See registration form.

At Blindern campus there are several cafeterias where you can have lunch. The largest one is located in the Fredrikke building where you will also find a supermarket, hairdresser, a drug store, two restaurants, a pub and a coffee shop.


Check with the Norwegian Embassy or Consulate General in your country concerning visa requirements for travel to Norway. At the present time no visa is required for staying in Norway up to 90 days for North American, Central American and most South American or European citizens. Several other countries, mainly in East Asia, are also exempted from this requirement.


January 2004



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NOK 12,45


For those of you arriving by car, there will be a parking lot available. Space must be reserved.

Getting to Oslo


The international airport in Oslo, Oslo Airport Gardermoen is located 50 km north of the city.

How to get to/from the airport and Oslo
Airport express train departure every 10 minutes, duration 20 minutes. Price: NOK 150,-.
Airport express bus departure every 20 minutes, duration 40 minutes. Price: NOK 160,-.

In addition Sandefjord Airport Torp is located 110 km south-west of Oslo. The low fare airline Ryanair has made this airport a new and important gateway to Oslo. The Torp Express bus service corresponds with Ryanair’s flight, duration 2 hours drive to Oslo. 

Railway stations (NSB)

Oslo can be reached by train from either Stockholm or Copenhagen.

Ferry lines

Ferrries from Copenhagen and Kiel to Oslo.


In August the weather varies from warm and sunny to rain. Temperatures range from 15–25 C.

Social and cultural programme

Sunday, August 8th – 18.00
Opening Ceremony (included in the congress fee)
University of Oslo, Georg Sverdrups hus, Moltke Moes vei 39

Georg Sverdrup's building was inaugurated in 1999, houses the University Library. This year’s opening ceremony will take place in its foyer, where we shall have the oppurtunity to be acquainted with the music of the composer in-house, Arne Nordheim. Gaute Vikdal's interpretation of Nordheims composition "Hunting of the Snark" for solo trombone will be followed by a reception.

Monday, August 9th – 19.00
Reception  (included in the congress fee)
Oslo City Hall, Rådhusplassen

The Municipality of Oslo invites the delegates to a reception in the twin-towered City Hall on the waterfront overlooking the fjord. This relativetly new and modern building, inaugurated in 1950 to celebrate the city's 900th anniversary, is  mostly known abroad for hosting the presentation of the Nobel Peace Prize. Its interior houses a treasure of paintings, sculptures and decorations representative of the artistic talent in Norway in the first half of the 20th century. Carillon music played by Vegar Sandholt will welcome the guests before entering. The Mayor of Oslo will welcome us in the vast Central Hall, famous for its huge oil painting "Administration and Festivity" by Henrik Sørensen. We will hear Arne Nordheim's composition "Ohm", performed by Gaute Vikdal.

Tuesday, August 10th – 19.00
"Norsk" Evening (see registration form, NOK 150,-)
Blindern Studenterhjem, Blindernveien 41

Many of the delegates are staying at the Blindern Studenterhjem, a charming and recently redecorated building dating from the mid-1920s, situated in the recreational park adjacent to the congress venue. Its beautiful gardens are the perfect setting for a "Norsk Aften" (pronounced "noshk aph-ten"), a Norwegian Evening with an introduction to typical Norwegian food, traditional Norwegian folk dance, and an opportunity to experience the laid-back and outdoorsy Norwegian culture.

Thursday, August 12th  – 19.30
MIC Concert (included in the congress fee)
Gamle Logen, Grev Wedels plass 2

The Music Information Centre Norway (MIC) celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2004, and thus invites all participants to a concert in Gamle Logen (the Old Masonic House), Oslo's main concert hall of the 19th century, where Edvard Grieg held numerous concerts. This magnificent building, now restored to its original glory, is worth a visit by itself, but with a programme presenting a cross-section of Norwegian music in a historic atmosphere, it promises to be a memorable evening !

See for more information about MIC

Friday, August 13th – 19.00
Farewell Dinner (see registration form)
(NOK 450,- for delegates & accompanying persons, NOK 600,- for others)
University of Oslo, Fredrikke

The farewell dinner will take place in the Fredrikke building, which houses a pub, cafés and restaurants. We meet in the restaurant “Fredrikke Mathus” on the first floor to relax and enjoy our last evening together with a good dinner, a warm atmosphere and happy tunes to dance to.


Wednesday, August 11th 
(included in the congress fee)

1. Highlights of Oslo

The morning starts at the Akershus Castle from the 13th century, the oldest building in Oslo. We will walk at the ramparts surrounding the fortress. A comfortable coach will bring us through the city centre, passing The Parliament Building and The Royal Palace. Next stop is the famous Vigeland Sculpture Park, containing about 200 sculptures by one artist, Gustav Vigeland. The park is a unique monument depicting the cycles of life. We will then climb up the hill 370 m above sea level to the Holmenkollen Ski Arena. Visit the oldest Ski Museum in the world and The Jump T for a spectacular view of the city and the fjord.  Last stop is The Viking Ship Museum with the original long boats serving as viking burial chambers. The excavated objects and boats, now more than 1000 years old, mostly made of oak are very well preserved.

2. Art in Oslo

Edvard Munch occupies a unique position among Nordic painters. We will visit The Munch Museum with a vast collection of his paintings, drawings and graphic works. The museum also houses a documentary exhibition of Munch’s life. Another important artist is Gustav Vigeland. We will walk through Vigeland Sculpture Park where the guide reveals the secrets of Vigeland’s art, depicting about 600 persons sculpted in 200 groups. A unique piece of art in the centre of Oslo. Last stop is the Deichman Library. ”Deichmanske bibliotek” is the public library serving the county of Oslo. The Music Department is located in the main branch, and is Norway's largest public library music department, with 18000 CDs, 10000 books, 20000 sheet music titles as well as video, DVD and CD-ROM.  The visit to the Oslo Public Library's Music Department will begin at 17.00 with a presentation of the library, continue with a short tour of the building and conclude with light refreshements and music for conference participants.

3. From Viking Age to Oil age

Our first stop is a visit to The Norwegian Folk Museum, one of the largest open air museums in Europe. You may enjoy a variety of traditional houses, a stave church and thousands of different objects collected from all over Norway. We will start with a visit to the stave church from the 12th century. Continue to visit the open arts and crafts studios, see traditional baking and people in regional costumes. On the way we will pass traditional houses and domestic animals before we end up in the viking museum ship with the original long boats serving as burial chambers in the viking era. The excavated objects and boats, now more than 1000 years old, are made of oak and are very well preserved. Last stop is the Kon-Tiki museum.

4. Drøbak

If you are longing for Norwegian nature you should definitely join this tour taking you to the idyllic “white town” of Drøbak. We go by bus for approximately 45 minutes, then we stroll in the narrow streets of Drøbak with beautiful small white wooden houses, enjoying the picturesque town. We will stop in the harbour for a snack before we visit The Christmas House and the Santa’s post office. Furthermore Drøbak is known for its art galleries. One of the most famous being the Finsrud Gallery where you can study the artists’ perpetuum mobile.

5. Art and Sea trade

The trip starts with a brief visit to Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art. We walk through the town of King Christian the 4th from 1624, passing Akershus Castle from the 13th century. We will board a boat for a 45-minute tour of the harbour ending up at The Maritime Museum of Norway.  To complete the maritime part of the tour we will visit the polar ship Fram and The Kon-Tiki Museum.


The Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) is the national public service broadcaster, holding a dominant position in the Norwegian market, both for radio and TV. This afternoon we’d like to welcome you to a presentation and a guided tour that will take you to the different archives, needed in a modern broadcasting environment. You will also visit the world's first all digital radio channel. It is a classical music channel, situated within the Broadcasting House, in a small, custom-designed area containing state-of-the-art equipment. The final stop will be in the new "Broadcasting Experience Centre", presenting Radio, TV and New Media to the visiting public in fascinating ways. The NRK shop is also situated in the Centre. Snacks or a light meal will be served during the visit. NRK is only 5-10 minutes walk from the conference venue.

Post-conference tours

Tour 1: Bergen (2-day tour)

Departure from Oslo airport on Saturday, August 14 at 9.50 - you will land at the Oslo airport on Sunday at 20.00. 

Your host in Bergen will be the staff of the Music Department at the Bergen Public Library.

Welcome to Bergen - the city of music. Bergen - The Gateway to the Fjords - is a charming city full of small wooden houses nested in the shelter of its surrounding seven mountains. They scramble up the mountainsides and compete for space with wealthy mansions, flaunting themselves from the heart of the city to the top of the Fløyen funicular.

You can breathe history walking through Bergen, where clusters of centuries-old wooden houses cling together in the old quarters. Colourful wooden sea-trade houses, still intact from the Hanseatic Trade Era, line the harbor starting from the open-air fish market. Ever since the intrepid King Olav Kyrre founded the city in 1070, the contour of the harbour has stayed the same, untouched by changing times and rough turns of history, its quay often harboring majestic three-masted schooners and cruiseships.

The fjords are Scandinavia's tourist attraction Number One - and Bergen opens the door to a kingdom of fjords. The sea has carved through and across Norway's long coastline where waterfalls tumble down the mountainsides, the snow glitters on the mountain tops while grass softens the edges of the fjords.

Bergen is a blend of past and present, history and tradition living in fruitful symbiosis with modern life-style, filling the second largest city of Norway with charm and atmosphere. In short, Bergen offers the ideal combination of nature, culture and interesting city life.

Bergen was the venue for IAML 1976, a conference still remembered with great joy. Bergen is also the birthplace of some of the most influential Department at the Bergen Public Library. It will also take you to visit three composers homes: Ole Bull (1810-1880) - a violin-wizard and composer of the mid-1880’s who built his fairytale castle  on an island outside Bergen, Harald Sæverud (1897-1992) had his “Siljustøl” built, inspired by its surrounding nature, and finally Edvard Griegs own home, “Troldhaugen”, where you will be given a rare piano recital on Griegs own grand piano in the livingroom he shared with his Nina - a truly memorable experience.

The programme will allow ample time to explore the city on your own, from the open-air fish-market to a funicular ride to the top of one of the seven surrounding mountains.

Price : NOK 3.500,-  This includes flight, hotel, 2 lunches and one dinner (beverages excepted) and bus/boat transportation to the three homes. We reserve the right to alter the program if necessary, but we promise to upkeep its quality.

For more information :

About the Grieg Archives at the Bergen Public Library (click on the flags for other languages)

About Bergen : (click on the flag for the English version)

Tour 2: Stavanger (2-day tour)

Departure from Oslo airport on Saturday, August 14 at 9.30 - you will land at the Oslo airport on Sunday at 17.10.

Your host in Stavanger will be Jacqueline von Arb from the Norwegian Institute of Recorded Sound.

Stavanger is a well-kept secret. It is Norway's smorgasbord, a buffet where you can taste all aspects of Norway, from vast agricultural land criss-crossed by hand-built stone walls to a city with its own symphony orchestra, from a Stone Age farm to the latest petroleum technology, from the well-known mountains with a web of fjords to, believe it or not, endless white sandy beaches ! Rooming all the facilities of a modern international city, yet retaining the charm of a small town atmosphere, Stavanger deserves its unofficial title of "smallest metropolis in the world".

Saturday, we'll have the opportunity to stroll around Stavanger's car-free centre and browse in the variety of small traditional shops and avant-garde cafes, where we can explore the fascinating story of the dynamic Norwegian oil industry at the brand new Norwegian Petroleum Museum, dig into the region’s sea-faring history at the Maritime Museum, or enjoy some organ at the Cathedral built in the Middle Ages. Then we'll all reconvene for lunch at a restaurant by the harbor for a taste of modern Norwegian gastronomy.

A stroll through the "Old Town" with its cobblestoned streets, where picturesque, well-preserved white-painted wooden houses and their small, colourful gardens brings us to the Bjergsted Music Park, which nests all the major musical institutions of Stavanger. It is also home of the Norwegian Institute of Recorded Sound with its 100.000 LP's, 40.000 78's (and more), one of the largest collections available to the public, both for listening and research. The institute invites us for a presentation and refreshments before ushering us through the magnificent park to enjoy the highlight of the International Chamber Music Festival, the Gala Concert in the Concert Hall. We'll have a late-night supper down-town and a good rest at one of Stavangers hotels.

You will never forget Lysefjorden. Sunday, we'll take a cruise into the 42 kilometres long fjord, yet only 500 meters wide, cutting like a crack into the mountains rising dramatically up to 1000 metres straight up from the fjord. We'll have lunch at Helleren, at the base of an overhanging cliff, the excursion boat will let us drink from a waterfall, admire the majestic Pulpit Rock towering at 600 meters above us, feed mountain goats, enjoy seals at play, visit the cave of the tramper, and sometimes it even stops for mermaids.

Price : NOK 3.500,- This includes flight, hotel, all mentioned meals and cruise (beverages and museum tickets excepted). We reserve the right to alter the program if necessary, but we promise to upkeep its quality.

For a picture gallery of Stavanger

More about Stavanger

Other tours

There are of course plenty of other traditional touristic tours in Norway, and we recommend this site

Tour 3: Telemark (2-day tour)

Departure from Oslo on Saturday morning – return on Sunday afternoon

The tour starts on Saturday morning by coach to Ulefoss where we will embark on one of our canal boats - M/S Victoria of M/S Henrik Ibsen. We will experience a living cultural monument that has mostly preserved the character of the last century. Here you’ll see old locks with fine stone walls, the original cast iron machinery for operating the lock gates, the old lockkeepers’ houses, the lockkeepers’ huts, beautiful parks and old jetties. The boat trip takes about 5½ hours. Overnight accommodation will be at the Quality Straand Hotel in Vrådal. The Quality Straand Hotel has been welcoming travellers, holidaymakers and course delegates for more than 140 years. The hotel combines old traditions with modern comfort and wellbeing and is widely known for its good food and atmosphere.

After breakfast on the following day the tour continues to Uppigard Natadal in Flatdal, a beautiful farm building from the 1700s. The location looks as though it has been taken from a fairy tale and when dusk falls you can almost hear gnomes and goblins dancing up in the woods and in between the brown-coloured timber walls. The landlord will give a talk to the group about superstitions and an enjoyable presentation about life on the farm in olden days and up to the present time. Sour cream porridge, cured meat and scrambled eggs plus coffee and cakes/griddle cake will be served at the farm. The tour will then return to Oslo. But first we’ll make a brief stop at Heddal Stave Church. This stave church that is still in use is one of the largest in Norway and was built in the 12 th and 13 th centuries.

Price NOK 1.840,-
This includes: Coach transport, boat trip, overnight stay in a double room, evening buffet and breakfast, visit to the farm where sour cream porridge, cured meat, scrambled egg plus coffee and cakes/griddle cake will be served. Entrance to Heddal Stave Church


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