Seminar in Andora 2019
In connection with the friendship-city agreement that was entered a few months ago between the municipalities of Andora and Larvik, the institute and several politicians from Larvik visited Andora in Liguria on 30 May – 3 June.
The program included a trip to Colla Micheri, the property where Thor Heyerdahl lived many of his years, where he is buried and where some of his children now live. At Colla Micheri we were welcomed by schoolchildren from Andora who told us what they learned about Thor Heyerdahl and what Heyerdahl’s work can mean for the friendship between the two cities. During a guided tour of the wonderful property of Thor’s daughter, Marian Heyerdahl, we heard exciting and personal stories about how life with Thor Heyerdahl in Italy had been. Then lunch was arranged, where delicious local dishes were served, as well as speeches by the mayors of the two cities. After lunch, we visited Thor Heyerdahl’s burial ground, where flowers were laid in addition to a bit of storytelling. Then we went to Andora town center, where we were met by several hundred children who performed the Norwegian and Italian national anthems in choir, accompanied by national flags from both countries.
Later in the evening we witnessed a fantastic performance with Tjølling Sangforening, in collaboration with local ballet dancers.
On day two, the opening of a new exhibition dedicated to Thor Heyerdahl was marked with the cutting of ribbons. Attendees were Mayor of Andora, Mauro Demichelis, Mayor of Larvik Rune Høiseth, advisor Maria Teresa Nasi, Bjørn, Marian and Bettina from the Heyerdahl family, Reidar Solsvik from the Kon-Tiki Museum, university researchers from Andora, curators Anna Casella, university researchers from Andora, curators Anna Casella, Luisa Faldini, curators Anna Casella, Luisa Faldini, Renata Tiramani and coordinator of contemporary art Christine Enrile, Antimo Campanile from The Italian Embassy in Oslo in addition to us from The Thor Heyerdahl Institute. During the opening, Marian Heyerdahl also presented her own works, in addition to the Art School in Larvik which exhibited their students work.
Board member Liv Arnesen saves the day getting flowers
Beautiful orange trees in Alassio
High school students present what they know about about Thor Heyerdahl
Bjørn Heyerdahl og Antimo Campanile have a chat
Marian Heyerdahl tells us about her childhood in Colla Micheri and Andora
The tower where Thor Heyerdahl planned several of his projects
Thor Heyerdahls old type writer
Curator ved Kon-Tiki Museum Reidar Solsvik plans his next project
Antimo Campanile, Bjørn Heyerdahl og Beate Bjørge in the art studio of Ole Lislerud
Mood in Colla Micheri
Colours in rustic environments
Mediterranean and lush vegetation
View over Liguria
Friendships ar being made between Norwegians and Italians
Local dishes prepared for lunch
Thor Heyerdahls grave, where we laid down flowers
Excursion to Cervo
Entertainment by Andora school children
Purple and green basil, a speciality of Liguria
Tjølling Sangforening in concert. With Massimilliano Viapiano as artistic director
Local ballet dancers gave us a great impression
What became an exciting and wonderful experience