The Festival Collective (Norwegian: Festspillkollektivet) encourages inclusive, collaborative projects together with social and cultural partners, which engage participants in creative processes. In 2017 we extended the Festival’s concert venues to include hospitals, nursing homes, prison, SEN schools, a day centre for adults and a refugee center. We piloted 15 concerts. We will continue to offer a range of annual concerts and creative projects throughout 2018 and 2019, thanks to funding received from the Kavli Trust.
The Festival Collective builds on the Festival’s mission to include, inspire and challenge. We are developing new ways of engaging those who might not usually access to the arts, in spaces where the arts may not traditionally be encountered. We are collaborating with a range of partners and institutions to engage those who find it challenging to explore and experience arts and culture. Each project and each concert is built in collaboration between three equal parties: the Festival, the communities we’re working in – both the staff and residents or service users – and the artists and musicians involved. Every concert and every project is unique and bespoke to the communities we collaborate with.
Bergen International Festival would like to offer cultural activities for absolutely everyone in Bergen, regardless of their circumstances or life situations. The Kavli Trust has supported our efforts in achieving this goal for many years by the provision of free tickets for charities, concerts in nursing homes and the outdoor programme. The Festival Collective is made possible with thanks to generous support from the Kavli Trust.