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 200 events.
2018 Festival programme
This year's festival has nearly 400 events across more than 50 venues and 15 days. Please see the full list of events in English here.
Some of this year's highlights follow below, divided into three categories:
Foundations: The best of the best in the classical art tradition. Tradition and renewal, depth and reflection. Performances and concerts with a history.
* Berlioz: Grande messe des morts
* Sofia Gubaidulina is Festival Composer and Artist In Residence 2018. Her work is featured across several concerts, for instance: Grieg & Gubaidulina with Bergen Filharmoniske Orkester, Gidon Kremer & Ah Ruem Ahn
* Sir Bryn Terfel
* Joseph Calleja with Vincenzo Scalera
* Young talent meet master mentors across several festival concerts in the mentoring-programme Crescendo. Examples: CRESCENDO: Piazzolla with Sonoko Miriam Welde & Kremerata Baltica and CRESCENDO: Fachwerk with Geir Draugsvoll & Kremerata Baltica
Friction: Reckless and shrewd, experimenting and exploring. New technology and boundless artistic landscapes.
* Closing Performance: Life is a Dream
* The Road is Just a Surface
* Panini-BoysRoom Exhibition and Performance
* Nordvegen See video here
* Lyst # 2
* Marius Neset Quintet with Andreas Brantelid & Leif Ove Andsnes
* Nordic Voices & NoXaS
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.
* Meow Meow's Pandemonium
* Paris de Nuit
* A Man of Good Hope and The Magic Flute – Impempe Yomlingo
* Family programme
* Outdoor programme
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.
- Under the patronage of His Majesty King Harald V of Norway
- Member of European Festivals Association
- Established 1953
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