The tradition of benefit concerts (grytekonserter) during the Christmas market in Trondheim has been attracting artists and whole bands for years. They come to perform and raise money for The Salvation Army and their services in Trondheim and in the surrounding area. The Salvation Army’s services support many people throughout the year. Find out how money collected during the benefit concerts can be and is being distributed to help those in need.
Children, adults, whole families, and also individuals can receive help from The Salvation Army. Throughout the year money raised at the Christmas market during the benefit concerts is distributed and used to organize a variety of activities for those who need it. The Salvation Army operates social meetings, family holidays, free music school, recreational activities, together with providing people with meals and clothing.
‘Additionally, we offer help for Christmas, distribute meals to the hungry throughout the year, as well as give those who need a warm shelter from the cold during winter.’ Says Elin Kyseth, leader of The Salvation Army in Trondheim.
To put it shortly, funds raised via benefit concerts at the Christmas market have an enormous value. They contribute to The Salvation Army’s activities much longer that one could actually think.
Here are the examples of The Salvation Army’s services:
– COS (Circle of Security) guidance for families with children who struggle with their everyday life.
– Free music school for those who cannot afford a private music education.
– School and homework help for children and adults.
– Holiday camps in Jeløy, including a visit to Tusenfryd for families.
– Trips to Namsskogan and Hundersfossen for families.
– Easter activities.
– Summer camps support for children and teenagers.
– Covering electricity bills, rent, and other necessary household expenses.
– Covering recreational activities expences.
This year’s artists performing benefit concerts
During the 13 days of the Christmas market, there will be 15 different artists and bands performing for free at the Festival stage by the Vår Frue Church in order to raise many for a greater good. The concerts start at 5:00 PM on each Christmas market’s day. On some of them, there will be two artists performing, one starting at 5:00 PM, and the other at 6:00 PM. The Christmas market provides sound and lights, while The Salvation Army contributes with talented artists and wonderful performances. We, at the Christmas market, encourage all the participants to contribute and help those who need it the most. Here is an overview of artists at this year’s edition:
Friday, 7th December: Jonas Ledang
Sunday, 9th December: Eldbjørg Raknes
Sunday, 9th December: Mental Band
Monday, 10th December: Ingeborg Oktober
Tuesday, 11th December: Elg og T.H Johnsen
Wednesday, 12th December: Gospelgruppa
Thursday, 13th December: Therese Ulvan with the choir from Trøndertun
Thursday, 13th December: SKA-frika
Friday, 14th December: Kristian Grostad
Saturday, 15th December: Lise Olden
Sunday, 16th December: Kings of the Valley
Monday, 17th December: Kristofa
Tuesday, 18th December: Thomas Taylor
Wednesday, 19th December: Are og Odin
Wednesday, 19th December: Saxkollektivet