About Bergen International Festival
22 May–5 June 2013
21 May–4 June 2014
Artistic and Managing Director since August 2012: Anders Beyer
Under the Patronage of His Majesty King Harald V
Member of European Festivals Association
Established in 1953
The Bergen International Festival presents art in all its guises: music, theatre, dance, opera and visual art. The Bergen International Festival is the largest of its kind in the Nordic countries, with more than 150 events in 15 days.
The festival aims to become the foremost meeting place for creative and performing artists from this part of the world. Rather than seeking a common identity, we are looking for diversity and differences. Our own productions demonstrate that the festival is not only a recipient, but also an important contributor in the international landscape of festivals. We wish to to excite, invite and challange a broad audience.
Bergen, the cultural capital of Norway
Bergen nestles amid seven mountains at the entrance to Norway’s fjord country. The city is home to a progressive musical scene, several theatres and a professional ballet ensemble. This is the home town of the world famous dramatist Jon Fosse; Henrik Ibsen was once the manager of the city theatre, and one of the oldest symphony orchestras in the world, the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, is located here. The homes of Edvard Grieg, Ole Bull and Harald Sæverud are unforgettable settings for concerts during the festival, when art of the highest calibre is to be found throughout the city.
For more information about Bergen, visit www.visitbergen.com.
40.000 (indoor events)
20.000 (outdoor events)
Income/funding: Approx. 20 % from ticket sales, 50 % from the public sector (the Norwegian State 60 %, City of Bergen 26 %, Hordaland County 14 %), 30 % from sponsorship/other sources.
Orchestral music, chamber music, opera, recitals, theatre, dance theatre, dance, children's programme, festival exhibition, outdoor events/street performances.
Festival venues include:
Grieghallen (1500 seats)
Logen – a chamber music hall refurbished in 1997 (500 seats)
Håkonshallen – Royal Hall from the 12th century (430 seats)
Bergen National Theatre (DNS) – three auditoriums (80–450 seats)
St. John’s Church (900 seats) and the mediaeval churches in Bergen
Troldsalen (200 seats) and the Villa (85 seats) at Troldhaugen – home of composer Edvard Grieg (1843–1907)
Siljustøl – home of composer Harald Sæverud (1897–1992) (60 seats)
Lysøen (90 seats) and Valestrand (75 seats) – homes of violinist Ole Bull (1810–1880)
Theatre performances at other venues in Bergen
Outdoor events in the city centre
The Bergen International Festival is a member of the European Festivals Association (EFA).