Church facilities presented to the business community


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Preparations for the popular NBCC Year End Family event are under way, and on November 11, the facilities at the Norwegian Church in Rio de Janeiro were presented to the business community in town.

The church in Gavea, known as Prinesse Ragnhilds Kirke, is fully equipped for business events and social happenings, with meeting rooms of different sizes and a great outdoor area.

“We have a lot to offer, in good times and in bad, and we would like to invite the business community to become our partners and actively use this space. This is an oasis, away from the city, and we would like to have a dialogue with you all on how this partnership could work”, Mr. Martin Alsvåg, representing the business relations department of the Seaman´s Church in Norway, said.

Bring the family!
NBCC has already hosted an event at the church, on May 15 this year, and the traditional Christmas family event will also take place here, on December 7, 2014.

NBCC invites members with families and business associates to enjoy a pleasant afternoon in the green environment in Alto Gavea. A traditional Brazilian churrasco will be served, as well as traditional Norwegian christmas treats. Children are also welcome to the year-end event, and activities for the kids will be organized.

The guests can also enjoy a photo exhibition with photos taken by Dream Learn Work students during a photo workshop in March and April this year.

Creating venues for networking is an important part of what the Norwegian Brazilian Chamber of Commerce was founded to provide for the members, and the idea is to give the members a chance to get together with their families, friends and co-workers in a relaxed and social environment during the Year End event.

Innovation Norway has also had meetings at the church.

“It was a good venue. The church has a well-equipped meeting room with the capacity of more than 50 people, air condition you can regulate as you need. The nice surroundings also made it a very good experience”, Helle Moen, director of Innovation Norway in Rio de Janeiro, said during the event on November 11.

Mr. Alsvåg also presented the emergency response and contingency preparedness plans that the church offers to Norwegian companies abroad.

Many Norwegian expats are currently living in Rio de Janeiro and the Rio church is one of five so-called business churches, in cities where the presence of Norwegian companies is significant.

“Maybe you need someone to talk to, maybe you kids want to go home. We are here and we want the space to be used”, Mr. Alsvåg said

Asbjørn and Hita Eikeland and their two sons are the hosts of the church, and other events, concerts, church services and workshops are organized on a weekly basis.

For the NBCC Year End event on December 7, valet parking will be available.

Prinsesse Ragnhilds Kirke is located in Alto Gavea in Rua Caio Mário, 400.

 By Runa Hestmann, NBCC journalist