Stiftelsen Håndslag Til Vår Eldste Sjømannskirke

A Helping Hand to Our Oldest (Norwegian) Seamen’s Church



June 2018

The Foundation Organises the 150th Anniversary of the worlds first Seamen's Church
at the Leith School of Art / former Norwegian Seamen's Church building.

The Helping Hand foundation in partnership with Leith School of Art, is very pleased to announce
the program for the 150th Anniversary of the first Norwegian Seamen's Church in Leith, Scotland.





Event program for the 150 year Anniversary for the oldest Seamen’s Church at Leith/Leith School of Art
31st August – 2nd September 2018


All activities except Sunday Service are at Leith School of Art premises, 25 North Junction Street, Leith, Edinburgh


Friday 31st August

12. 00 Official Launch of the 150 year Anniversary, by the Norwegian Consul David Windmill, Chair of the Helping Hand Trust Mrs. Lisbeth Iversen
and Principal Philip Archer of Leith School of Art.
13.00 Storytelling and Tasty bits: Norwegian and Scottish traditional foods similarities and specialities as presented by Fitjar Catering College
and Scottish partners Edinburgh Larder and Edinburgh School of Food and Wine. Free tasting. Storytelling by historian/lecturer Christer Stewart Aarbø
and lecturer Steven Brown.
14.30 Opening of an Art Exhibition with works by Aage and Mathew Storstein.
15.30 A historic church service (identical to the first service in 1868) by Norwegian Reverend Torbjørn Holt.
17.00 Music by Paul sine Haner (playing Norwegian & Celtic folk music) and conductor/musician Espen Selvik on Trumpet, Horn, Lyre and garden hose. Songs.

Saturday 1st September

12.00 Official Launch of the Cultural Historic Exhibition/Signposting by The Scottish Minister for Europe, Migration and International Development,
Ben Macpherson MSP; Lisbeth Iversen, Chair of the Helping Hand Trust and Chair Alistair Hector Leith School of Art.
After Official launch - Open doors to the seamens church for the upcoming lectures in the main hall and guided tour/visit to the Storstein Art exhibition
in the hallway of the church.
13.00 Norwegian & Scottish languages and linguistic relations. A lecture by prof. Gunstein Akselberg (UiB) assisted by Dr. Alasdair Allan MSP
14.30 The Viking Things - the true origins of the Scandinavian democratic model by Espen Selvik
(MSc Historian, conductor, composer and former director of Gulating “Thing site”)
15.30 Storytelling and Tasty bits: Norwegian and Scottish traditional foods similarities and specialities as presented by Fitjar Catering College and
Scottish partners Edinburgh Larder and Edinburgh School of Food and Wine. Storytelling will be by historian/lecturer Christer Stewart Aarbø and lecturer
Steven Brown.
17.00 Music by Paul sine Haner (playing Norwegian & Celtic folk music) and conductor/musician Espen Selvik on Trumpet, horn, lure and garden hose. Songs.

Sunday 2 September

10.00 – 16.00 The Storstein Art exhibition at Norwegian Seamen’s Church/Leith school of Art.
10.30 Special church service at St.Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, by Reverend Torbjørn Holt.



Paul Sine Haner
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Leith School of Art
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