A city buzzing with life – all year round!
A World Heritage City and European City of Culture. A city buzzing with life – all year round!
As a European City of Culture and World Heritage City, Bergen offers worldclass experiences and culture. Being the Gateway to the Fjords of Norway, the Bergen region has the ideal combination of nature, culture and interesting urban attractions – all year round.
There are many good reasons why Bergen was designated European City of Culture in 2000. The city has fostered several famous sons who have achieved worldwide fame and put their home town on the map. Edvard Grieg, Ole Bull and Harald Sæverud all became famous, each in his own way.
As a City of Culture, Bergen can now also boast an innovative and trendy music and design scene. Bands have emerged on Bergen’s music scenes that have captured the imagination of the whole of Europe: Ylvis, Kings of Convenience, Röyksopp, Sissel Kyrkjebø, Kurt Nilsen and Sondre Lerche, to mention just a few.
The city’s musical traditions also include Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, which was started as early as 1765 and is Europe’s oldest orchestra of its kind. Norway’s first permanent theatre, later called Den Nationale Scene, was founded in Bergen in 1850 by the famous composer and violinist Ole Bull.
Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson was one of Norway's and Europe's most important writers in the second half of the 1800s and the first director at the theatre.
Together with 60 other festivals and big concerts, the highly-reputed Bergen International Festival, held every year in May and June, means that the Bergen region has a natural place on the world’s musical map.
Bergen, Music City – Always a concert to suit your taste:
The Edvard Grieg Museum at Troldhaugen, the home of this world famous composer, is a well-known venue for visitors from far and wide. The city also has a number of concert venues, ranging from small clubs to outdoor arenas and the region’s flagship concert hall, the Grieg Hall, home to Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra.
The orchestra celebrated its 250th anniversary in 2015, and in the autumn British conductor Ed Gardner will take over as the orchestra’s chief conductor.
In Os, near Bergen, Oseana cultural center combines art, culture, food, architecture and nature in a unique way. The large facade of glass provides a magnificent view of the fjord.
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