Vestfossen Voice Of Norway audioguide

Vestfossen brings the stories to life with an audio guide

The cultural capital Vestfossen is now showcasing its peculiarities, soul and individuality digitally. From being a center of power for Vikings in the 8th century, center for the timber adventure in the 19th century, they are now guarding the history and making the idea more accessible. Now they bring the stories to life in a completely new way and with an audio guide, the offer is available around the clock.

The cultural capital Vestfossen

– Yes, yes, we call ourselves the Cultural Capital, here in the country, introduced, Petter Anthon Næss, who is the editor and project manager for this new digital guide in Vestfossen. – In the autumn of 2020, we wanted to create a digital guide that can make the experience of Vestfossen as vivid as possible. We landed on the solution for Experio AS, the audio guide Voice Of Norway. It has been quick to get started for all parties, and the first three routes are already available, Petter Anthon explains happily, and says that people are positive and looking forward to it!

Vestfossen 2021

Vestfossen 1900

Rich cultural life

-People here in Vestfossen care about the culture and life we have here, and we want to create a bigger experience space for us who live here and for everyone who comes here as our guests. We therefore hope that everyone who lives here will use and try this guide in the coming year.
-The digital guide appeals to curiosity and our job is to create content that makes the audience MORE curious!

The audio guide provides access in illegal places

– With a guide on their own mobile, people get to see Vestfossen in a new way. The guide brings the stories to life and is available around the clock and in all seasons. The gate at Fossesholm Herregård is always open, but the houses are only open at special times . The audio guide gives you access and you can even see where you are not allowed to be. Among other things, you get to see the historic interiors inside the houses. In addition, there are links to opening times, and we see this as a supplement to regular guides.

3 adventure tours:

  • Voice Of Vestfossen
  • Vestfossen cultural landscape
  • Fossesholm Manor

Was it the Swedes who shot cannonballs at Fossesholm Manor to steal silver?

The process is good

– We have good drive and close dialogue in the process with Experio. We have worked out what we want to include in the guide, and know that the content must be quality assured. This is particularly challenging and time-consuming when stories do not have clear sources. For example, we have found wonderful photographs that we want to show off, but do not know when they were taken.
– Now we are working on making the stories both more fun and with even more quality, and are now ending the research phase.

Great commitment

-Vestfossen Grendeutvalg has worked well to highlight Vestfossen in the audio guide. The village committee is a bridge builder between residents and a catalyst for activities and cultural life in the municipality. Here we work across politics, subjects, culture and the commitment is great, says Petter Anthon. He will highlight key people who have worked with the content of the app.

  • Ellen Hals Hellerud – project administration
  • Ellen Pauline Steen – hostess and manager
  • Bent Ek – local historian who has written thousands of stories
  • Stein Andersen – writer, historian, musician and bank director
  • Bjørn Kristoffersen – visual artist, pictures
  • Petter Anthon Næss – project manager and editor

Ellen Pauline Steen – hostess and manager

The village committee 2021, Petter Anthon Næss on the right

Take the tours today

The Voice Of Norway app is free to download and available for all types of smartphones. You can download the tours in a Wi-Fi zone before you leave, so you don’t have to use mobile data.

Remember to bring earplugs or similar.

Morten Viskum and Bjarne Melgaard - digital experiences

-Vestfossen has a healthy local patriotism, which highlights art, culture and history. We mention; the strong labor movement and the physically working women, of whom we also see remnants today, radio theatre, baroque tours and the Haugians, who have their 250th anniversary this year. Hans Kristian Hauge was actually arrested here in Vestfossen. Together with well-known artists such as Morten Viskum and Bjarne Melgaard , we will develop the digital experience around art in collaboration with the Vestfossen Art Laboratory . I can say that all these topics are appropriate to present in the audio guide, he says.

Vestfossen Art Laboratory

Morten Viskum

Values freedom and openness

Petter Anthon has a lot of experience and background as a musician (pianist), music producer, composer, of ballet and other stage music, and has written scripts for theater and revue. He travels around Norway and the world together with artists such as Rein Alexander, Ole Edvard Antonsen, Anita Skorgan and Elisabeth Andreassen.

You grew up in Stavern and your wife in Tertnes, and now you have ended up in Vestfossen, also a small place.
– Here we have everything we need, and as long as I’m near a train, I can go where I want – we really appreciate the people here, with the freedom and openness here at Vestfossen, says Petter Anthon. And says that he will also work with music into the audio guide, both in the form of instrumental landscapes but also as effects, vibrations, nature sounds and folk music.

– We will show more sides of Vestfossen this autumn, with the aim of stopping even more people who are passing through, Petter Anthon concludes happily.

Contagious friendly

  • You use your own mobile as a guide
  • Easy to keep distance from others
  • Visit the place when there are few people there
  • Professional guide when it suits you

This is how the audio guide works

  • With an audio guide on your mobile, you can easily find sights and other hidden gems nearby.
  • The map shows where you are and where all sights are located.
  • When you get to the point of interest, the story of this particular place is automatically told in a pleasant voice.
  • In addition, you get to see supplementary images that enhance the experience.
  • Many languages.
  • Contagion-friendly and available around the clock.

The guide routes in the Voice Of Norway app
- a collaborative project with the whole of Norway

The Voice Of Norway app is used throughout Norway. Here’s how it becomes a joint service for everyone: to make the stories visible in their place – designed by yourselves.

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