|Bergen sentrum (22 May 2019 - 5 June 2019)|
Two intense weeks with over 200 events in the fields of music, ballet, opera, theatre, dance and the performing arts.
Bergen International Festival was founded in 1953 and has focused on presenting prominent international and Norwegian artists in the fields of music, ballet, opera, theatre, dance and the performing arts. The Festival, which is the principal event of its kind in Norway, takes place every year over 15 days at the end of May and presents over 400 events.
Watch highlights of the 2018 festival here!
2019 Festival programme
Unsuk Chin is Festival Composer in 2019. The full 2019 festival programme will be announced in February 2019.
We have created guides for the colourful, vast landscape that is the festival programme. We believe it has something for every taste and occasion, and by arranging the events under the three terms Festivities, Foundations and Friction, we hope to make it easier to find what you are looking for.
Foundations: The best of the best in the classical art tradition. Tradition and renewal, depth and reflection. Performances and concerts with a history.
Friction: Reckless and shrewd, experimenting and exploring. New technology and boundless artistic landscapes.
Festivities: Entertainment and surprises. For young and old. Playful scenes in the streets and events at new and familiar venues broad appeal. Experiences for your head, heart and feet.
The festival is a member of the European Festivals Association. His Majesty Kind Harald V is the festival's Royal patron. The music of Edvard Grieg (1843 - 1907) performed at his home, Troldhaugen, has from the outset been an important part of the festival.
Visitors and ticket sales: Ticket prices range from EUR 13,50 - 57,00
Arts Representation: Classical, including contemporary, music; opera; chamber music; recitals; dance; theatre; outdoor events and street performance. Fringe events include : Children's festival; Music Factory (contemporary music); jazz festival; festival exhibition; literary festival.
Festival Venues: Grieg Hall (1500 seats); Logen chamber music hall (re-inaugurated 1997) (500); Håkon's Hall (King's Hall from 12th century) (430); Bergen National Theatre (three theatre halls) (80-450); Dance Theatre (300); St John's Church (900); other medieval churches in Bergen; Troldsalen (200); the villa at Troldhaugen, composer Edvard Grieg's home (60); violinist Ole Bull's (1810-1880) home, Lysøen (90); composer Harald Sæverud's (1897-1992) home, Siljustøl (60); performances at other theatres in Bergen and outdoor events around the city centre.
Bergen International Festival
Free Museum shuttle bus between the Tourist information, the Hanseatic Museum and Schøtstuene and the Norwegian Fisheries Museum.
The picturesque Fish Market in Bergen is one of Norway's most visited outdoors markets. The Fish Market sells seafood, fruit and vegetables.
Extensive collection of art and design. Masterpieces by Edvard Munch, Nikolai Astrup, Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee, J. C. Dahl and “the Silver Treasure”.
Bergen Kunsthall is one of Norway’s premier arenas for contemporary art. Variety of exhibitions from international and Norwegian artists.
Maybe the most spectacular gallery in Norway. Breathtaking interior as well as exhibitions. Available for receptions concerts, seminars and dinners...
Bergen Cathedral is nearly 900 years old. It started as a church dedicated to Olav the Holy, Norway’s patron saint, around year 1150.
The School Museum takes you on an exciting journey through the history of Norwegian school's and Norwegian society from the Middle Ages to this day.
Founded in the 15th c., St. George’s was a hospital for lepers until the middle of the 20th c. The present day buildings date back to the 18th c.
Take Fløibanen funicular to the top of Mount Fløyen. Magnificent view of Bergen, great children's playground and ideal for mountain walks.
Bryggen is one of Bergen's and Norway's main attractions. Bryggen was built after the great fire in 1702 and is included on UNESCO's World Heritage...
Bryggens Museum display findings of the archaeological excavations of Bryggen from 1955 and contains the foundations of the oldest buildings in...
The Hanseatic Museum and Schøtstuene tells the story of how the Hanseatic merchants lived and traded in Bergen for 400 years.
Collections ranging form the Age of antiquity and the Middle Ages right up to the present day. West Norway is particularly well represented....
Bergen Maritime Museum presents Norwegian seafaring through the ages.
St Mary`s church is the oldest existing building in Bergen. To judge by its architectural style, it was probably built between 1130 and 1170.
Exhibitions: Women's Contribution to the Armed Forces and The Resistance Struggle 1940-1945.