15 hurt as Oslo concert venue ceiling collapses

Fifteen people suffered minor injuries on Sunday when the ceiling of an Oslo concert venue collapsed during a show, police said.

15 hurt as Oslo concert venue ceiling collapses
Photo: Fredrik Varfjell / NTB scanpix
“15 injured. They're being attended to by medics,” Oslo police wrote on Twitter, adding: “No reports of serious injuries.”
Around 1,800 students from the Norwegian Business School were attending a show by American house DJ Steve Aoki at the Sentrum Scene venue when the accident happened.
“The ceiling fell in and it was total chaos. The fire alarm sounded right away,” a student attending the concert, Charlotte Nilsen, told news agency NTB.
Police evacuated the building immediately and cordoned off the area while fire officials secured the site.

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Nobel cancels peace prize concert for lack of funds

The traditional concert after the annual awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize on December 10th in Oslo will not be staged this year due to financial difficulties, the organisers said Tuesday.

Nobel cancels peace prize concert for lack of funds
Seinabo Sey performs at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo in 2014. Photo: Fredrik Varfjell / NTB scanpix

“There will be no Nobel Peace Prize concert” in 2018, said a statement from the Nobel Institute, Warner Bros Norway and the Gyro Event company.

“The decision emerges from a wish to re-think the concert format and content but also reflects the challenging financial situation of the concert in recent years,” it added.

Live television audiences for the concert, which has been paid for solely by private patrons, have fallen away in the age of smartphones and the organisers said they would consider new platforms.

The Dagbladet newspaper reported that Norway's supermarket giant Rema 1000 has pulled its sponsorship leaving the organisers unable to make up for the lost amount.

The show has attracted more than 100 leading acts ranging from Whitney Houston to Lady Gaga since it was launched at Oslo's Spektrum arena in 1994.

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