Transnational Arts Production (TrAP) is an independent arts production company. Our aim is to increase diversity within Norwegian arts and culture. TrAP works with artists and projects that cross borders and brings international contemporary art to the Norwegian art scene. We work with arts in various disciplines, including visual and performing arts, film and literature.

By transnational art, we mean artists, stage artists, musicians or authors that have multiple countries, continents or cultures as a part of their identity, and use this in their art. TrAP collaborates with artists who think outside the box, cross the borders between disciplines and dare to challenge established boundaries.

Over the past 11 years, TrAP has engaged more that 2000 artists, curators and performers for 179 projects, with representatives from 54 countries. Our strength lies in independent programming and flexibility in finding the right showroom for each project. TrAP collaborates with established institutions like The Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, The National Museum and The Stenersen Museum, as well as small independent venues.

TrAP is organized as a member's network of organizations and cultural institutions, with the annual meeting as legislative body, and is supported by Arts Council Norway, Akershus County Council and Oslo City Council.

Kongens gate 2
0153 OSLO

Office hours: Mon—Thu: 10—16

Phone +47 22 41 59 00


Hilde Maisey

Managing Director


Frida Rusnak

Head of outreach programmes and communication (on leave Feb 1 2017)


(+47) 99772534

Cecilie Noreng

Head of outreach programmes and communication

(+47) 94193958

Brynjar Bjerkem

Artistic Programme Manager


Vibeke Heide

Accounting Manager


Director of the Board

Margrethe Aaby


The National Theatre


Alessia Franquillo

Managing Director

Folkeakademiet TeVeBu

Gunnar O.H. Strand

Actor and producer

Ingrid Handeland

Managing Director

Norsk Publikumsutvikling

Malin Barth

Managing Director


Hatem Ben Mansour


Deaddog Management

Deputy Board Members

Niels Righolt



Camara Joof

Freelance consultant

Thomas Talawa Prestø

Artistic Director

Tabanka Dance Ensemble

Miriam Segal



Council of Art Experts

Nosizwe Baqwa


Nadine Constant Ouedrago

Project Manager
Dansens Hus

Stina Högkvist


The National Museum


Through our productions we collaborate with a wide range of venues all over Norway. We have worked with established institutions such as The Norwegian Opera & Ballet, The National Museum, Riksscenen and the Stenersen Museum, as well as independent art spaces and organisers such as Galleri 3,14, Fotogalleriet, Hilmarfestivalen, Films from the South, Rommen scene, Cosmopolite, Black Box Theater, Tromsø Kulturhus and Oslo Kunstforening.

TrAP organises annual dialogue meetings and seminars where we collaborate with various actors and organisers from the Norwegian art scene to create a space for discussions across disciplines. Subjects include cultural policy, audience development, international cultural cooperation, the professionalisation of the cultural sphere and diversity in culture.

TrAP receives operational support from the Arts Council Norway, Akershus County Council and the Municipality of Oslo. We receive project support from a number of private foundations and public actors.


TrAP's founder Eli Borchgrevink started the TAMTAM-network in 1995. The network included organizers, organizations, institutions, artist groups and people with experience from culture- and organizational work, and were to function as a coordinator among those who worked with diversity in Norwegian cultural life. The first event was the pilot assembly Du store verden! – flerkulturell stormønstring in 1998, in collaboration with volunteers, three weeks of touring all over the country and representing all art disciplines.

After the assembly ended, the need for someone who could maintain the contact between the organizations and initiate collaboration projects became more obvious than ever. This formed the basis for Du Store Verden!, formally established as a member's association in 1999, and was later to become TrAP.

The next large assembly was in 2002, with the name Dialog Asia. That year, Du Store Verden! was secured funding through the government budget, this way the artistic activity could expand and projects could be developed all year round.

With the national Mangfoldsåret 2008 (year of diversity), the need for diversity in art and cultural life was again put on the agenda. Du Store Verden! had an important role during the event, and used the attention they got to strengthen the artistic direction and increase the collaboration with art institutions and organizations.

In keeping with Norwegian cultural life becoming more international, we have changed and refined our role. We went from focusing on network, meeting places for the industry, lobbyism and information work to focusing on the art productions. To better reflect what we do, we changed our name from Du Store Verden! to Transnational Art Production (TrAP) in 2011.

TrAP's aim has always been a more diverse cultural life, and always on the art's own terms. We do this because we feel that the art should reflect the world we live in, and because increased breadth and different skills are necessary to raise the quality in the art- and culture field. Our productions improve our audience, artists, curators and reviewers' knowledge and widen their perspectives.


Akershus County Council - Regional Development
Kim von Arx
Beaivváš Sámi Našunálateáhter
Bergen Global Music Network
Eli Borchgrevink
Damini House of Culture
Førde International Folk Music Festival
Hedmark County Council
Tordis Korvald
Kulturbro forlag
Mirele – Miriam Segal
Municipality of Arendal - Internasjonalt Marked
Municipality of Drammen - Interkultur
Museum of Cultural History - University of Oslo
Nord-Trøndelag County Council
Nordic Black Theatre
Norwegian Association of Art Societies
Norwegian People’s Aid
Oslo Fine Arts Academy
Oslo Museum – IKM
Oslo Tangoklubb
Rikskonsertene / Concerts Norway
Riksscenen / The Norwegian Hub for
Traditional Music and Dance
Riksteatret / The Norwegian Touring Theatre
Samspill International Music Network
Stiftelsen 3,14
The Council for Music Organisations in Norway
The National Museum of Art, Architecture & Design
The National Theatre
The Stenersen Museum
X-Ray Ungdomskulturhus

For information on membership and fees, please contact us at post(at)

Annual Reports