“It’s a very special atmosphere in the city when the PIT invite to dance at the Brusteinsball; the start of 5 magical days. A week in June each year the industrial town goes a bit crazy and switches to samba rhythms. Streets, squares and alleys get voices. Excited voices. PIT has become synonymous with a party for everyone, local pride and international reputation.” – Robin Kåss, Mayor of Porsgrunn
PIT marks the arrival of the summer! When the summer arrives so does PIT. And with PIT crazy things will be normal, the clown will be King and the jester will be Emperor: – The festival is underway!
The Cobblestone Ball not only marks the opening of the Porsgrunn International Theatre Festival and the most beautiful week of the year. The Cobblestone Ball has also become a cherished tradition with entertainment of the very highest quality!
We start serving at the square at 6 pm. Food stalls with different cusines will be in place, and it is possible to get refreshments in a dedicated bar zone.
PIT is not PIT, and The Cobblestone Ball is not The Cobblestone Ball, without clowns and acrobats and artists of from far and near. This year we have allied ourselves with Lars Vik, who will guide us through the evening. We start with Hagbart & Kokos, who entertains the youngest, and eventually Margo and her puppets – Claudio do walkabouts. Mainstream Umami do comic «opera», Zwai MBula Band play rhythm music, Bellali Astria, Santiago Puente and Ingrid Jasmine Evensen with blazing flamenco – and a firework of a danceshow with Majd el Malouk.
When Spanish Grupo Puja take over the square, and eventually the airspace, with the show K@osmos, the whole place will stire with energy. Grupo Puja has visited many parts of the world with K@osmos: Theatre, dance, live music and high-flying acrobats, the magic of cosmic dance becomes reality in the summer night.
Of course, the evening ends with a big firework. This year’s PIT fireworks is specially designed for the theatre festival by Olav Hanto (www.htp-pyro.no)
Town Square (Rådhusplassen)
5 pm Food stalls open
6 pm Artists and entertainment
10 pm Festival opening
10:30 pm Grupo Puja (esp/arg); K@osmos
11:30 pm HTP-Pyro : PIT-fireworks
The City Square
Bellali Astria-Santiago Puente-Ingrid Jasmin Vogt Evensen
Claudio Mutazzi (it)
Grupo Puja (es/arg)
Hagbart & Kokos
Mainstream Umami (es-s-ch)
Majd el Malouk
Margo Gram (f)
Zwai Mbula band