visbildeSummer is starting to come to beautiful Tromsø. The leaves are starting to bud, wildflowers coming alive, and a renewed energy can be felt in the town. With summer comes the high time for tourism here in Tromsø where there are many things to do and see. Tromsø has many museums and cultural centers, and Monday I took a few hours to enjoy some of the art-in-progress at the open house at Kysten, one of the Troms Fylkeskultursenter facilities.

Kysten (which means Coast in English) aims to be the northern areas' creative and professional beacon for contemporary art. Kysten is a site for various national and international professional artists, cultural players and cultural activities. Operated by Troms County Council, Kysten offers rental of studios, joint workshops, residency and project space for creative artists, art craftsmen, filmmakers, musicians and writers. A local Tromsø band, Vishnu, has performed there many times and you can see some of their performances on YouTube. For more information on Kysten and the artists, visit http://www.tromsfylke.no/Tjenester/Kultur/Tromskysten/tabid/104/Default.aspx.