Folketeaterpassasjen, tucked away between Youngstorget and Storgata, is more than just a passageway; it’s a world of enchantment that combines magical theater performances, tempting restaurants, and captivating little shops – all under one roof.
This hidden gem bears some resemblance to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan, a thought that often crosses my mind as I explore its unique charm. The roots of this passageway have a rich history. It was established as a cultural hub that housed Folketeateret and the Norwegian Opera. In 2008, the latter moved to Bjørvika. It was also turned into a pedestrian-friendly location.
What I like about Folketeaterpassasjen is its ability to transport you into a world of magic. It’s not just a passageway; it’s a portal to captivating theater experiences, surrounded by enticing eateries and intriguing boutiques.
One of the passageway’s most iconic features is the sculpture of Kate Moss, called the Sphinx. Created by the British artist Marc Quinn, this enormous sculpture depicts the British model Kate Moss in a yoga posture. It’s an interesting work of art, a mirror of our age that adds to the passageway’s allure.
As you wander through Folketeaterpassasjen, don’t forget to look up. The moon lamps hanging from the ceiling pay homage to the magic of theater. These 1.5-meter diameter lamps are not only visually striking but also transport you into a celestial realm, making you feel like you’re among the stars, ready for an extraordinary theatrical performance.