Extending concert agreement

September 20, 2001, 01:00 CEST

The Stavanger Symphony Orchestra and Statoil have entered into a new three-year cooperation agreement which will run from 1 January 2002 until 2005.

This agreement is an extension of a collaboration which began in 1990.

As main sponsor for the orchestra, Statoil will contribute NOK 1.7 million annually for the next three years. International commitment continues to be an important part of the deal and concerts will be held in countries where Statoil has business interests.

"Music thus gives a cultural face to the oil nation Norway, while Statoil helps to provide the orchestra with international experience and recognition," says Åse Gjerdsjø who is responsible for following up Statoil's culture-sponsoring agreements.

A number of tours are planned, including a concert in Copenhagen on 25 September this year and concerts in Germany in the autumn of 2002.

In Norway, the symphony orchestra will perform in Oslo's concert hall on 11 January 2002. This concert is also part of the cooperation with Statoil.

Through this arrangement, Statoil receives 1,500 free concert tickets for its employees and three free concerts are held by the orchestra each year.

According to Ms Gjerdsjø, the agreement between Statoil and the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra is a good example of work to be carried out by the Forum for Culture and Business, which was recently founded in Oslo. Statoil plays an active role in this forum, which is to be a bridge-builder between culture and business, to stimulate cooperation and exchange of knowledge, values and attitudes.