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Risør Chamber Music Festival

In 1991, Risør chamber music festival was established with the following objective:

“Risør chamber music festival is a non-profit foundation whose purpose is to organize an annual chamber music festival, where central classical music as well as newer repertoire will be presented. Efforts must be made to find musicians – both Norwegian and foreign – who maintain a recognized high artistic level, or who have documented an indisputable talent. The chamber music festival will be a national and international forum for chamber music and will also stimulate music and cultural life in Risør and the region.”

Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mette-Marit is the high patron of the festival.

Artistic director:  Tine Thing Helseth
Guest artistic director 2023: Alice Sara Ott

Eirik Raude, Executive Director
Harald Lien Gundersen, Producer

Members of the board
Mia Bergmann, chairman of the board
Jorunn Bøe
Hans Rønning
Ole Melhus
Dag Arne Kristensen


Risør chamber music festival would not have been possible without significant contributions from our partners.

Dextra Musica
Sparebanken Sør
Aud og Snorre Mørck
Regnhild Plesner AS
Agder Sparebank
Erik S. Johnsen
Sigrid og Henrik Lisæth
Jaba Invest AS

Norsk kompetansesenter AS
Tetre AS v/ Nina og Dag Hødnebø
Plesner-Gruppen AS
Otto Olsen Holding AS
Leif Gromstads Auto AS
Risør Kommune
Norsk Kulturråd
Agder Fylkekommune
Oddvar Halvorsen
Else & Stig Hødnebø
Inger Merete Nordengen & Tom Even Mortensen

Accommodation and travel

Accommodation in Risør

Risør and the region can offer many different accommodation options, from hotels, boarding houses, cabins, private apartments to campsites.
Risør is located on the coastal strip between the towns of Kragerø and Tvedestrand, as the first southern village you come to from the east. There are many connections to Risør, and here you will find an overview of transport options.

Accommodation in Risør

We recommend that anyone who wants to acommodate in the city center with a short distance to most of our concerts to book early. No matter where you live, you can easily get to the concert venues by car.

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For more information on accommodation, activities and experiences in Risør and the region, see

Risør Hotel
Tangengata 16, 4950 Risør
Tlf. (+47) 37 14 80 00


Det Lille Hotell
Storgt. 5, 4950 Risør
Tlf. (+47) 37 15 14 95


Risør pensjonat
Tjenngata 76, 4950 Risør
Tlf. (+47) 452 51 061


Heimat Brokelandsheia
Brokelandsheia, 4993 Gjerstad
Tlf. (+47) 37 15 70 00
Overnatting Heimat Brokelandsheia


Sørlandet Feriesenter
Tlf. (+47) 900 26 168

Bokhotellet Lyngørporten
4912 Gjeving
Tlf. (+47) 37 19 80 00



Tlf. (+47) 924 25 544


Risør Resort – Moen Camping
Moensveien 22 Moen, Risør
Tlf. (+47) 37 15 50 91


Tvedestrand Fjordhotell
Fritz Smithsgt. 7, Tvedestrand
Tlf. (+47) 37 16 03 00


Røed Camping
Røed, Risør 4950 Risør
Tlf. (+47) 913 36 541



For those of you coming from afar, the nearest airports are

Kjevik by Kristiansand and Torp by Sandefjord.

Kristiansand Airport, Kjevik: 110 km (1 h 30 m by car)

Sandefjord Airport, Torp: 123 km (1 h 40 m by car)

Oslo Airport, Gardermoen: 282 km (3h 45m by car)

See for more information.


If you want to travel by public transport to Risør, a bus is the easiest solution.

Several bus companies have frequent departures to Risør: Lavpricesekspressen, Sørlandsekspressen and Konkurrenten. What these have in common is that they go to Vinterkjær, which is the place where you take the exit towards Risør from E18.

Konkurrenten have corresponding transport to the center of Risør.


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Risør church is a cruciform church with 330 seats in the main nave/side nave and 88 seats in various galleries. Everyone has proximity to the stage, but some seats have slightly poorer visibility. These are in price categories C and D. Seats in the main nave in front of the cross are unnumbered. These are great places in price category A, but you have to stand in your own queue to sit here. In total, this amounts to 34 places. All other places in the church are numbered. For the concerts in Risør church, remaining seats are sold at the entrance one hour before the start of the concert. We have a separate ‘stand-by’ queue for these. Remaining seats are always posted for all the concerts in Risør church. The doors normally open 30 minutes before the start of the concert. We ask the audience to find their seats in Risør church no later than 10 minutes before the start of the concert.


Only unnumbered places. Ticket sales from 1 hour before the event. The doors open approx. 30 minutes before. The lectures in Risør Town Hall last approx. one hour. No serving.


Boats to Stangholmen run in shuttle traffic from the ferry terminal to Øysang, as well as from the quay outside Risør Hotel from 4.30 p.m. Tickets can be bought either at our ticket office or at Torvet from 3pm on Saturday. Ticket includes ferry transport. There is no occasion to bring alcohol to Stangholmen, but both food and drink are sold outside. Those who want to eat inside the lighthouse restaurant before or after the concert are advised to book a table well in advance. After the concert, there is a ferry back to the city centre. Bring seating and plenty of clothes. In the public area at Stangholmen, the public finds its place directly on the rock.