The Festival Collective (Norwegian: Festspillkollektivet) encourages inclusive, collaborative projects together with social and cultural partners, institutions and communities, which engage participants in creative processes. In 2017 we extended the Festival’s concert venues to include hospitals, nursing homes, the prison, SEN schools, a day centre for adults and a refugee center. These venues hosted a total of 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.
Socially Engaged Work
The Festival Collective builds on the Festival’s mission to include, inspire and challenge. We are developing new ways of engaging those who have minimal access to culture, in spaces where the arts may not traditionally be encountered. We are collaborating with a range of partners to engage those who find it challenging to explore and experience arts and culture. Each special event 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 performance and every project is unique and bespoke to the communities we collaborate with.
Culture For Everyone
Bergen International Festival aims to offer cultural activities for absolutely everyone in Bergen, regardless of their circumstances or life situation. The Kavli Trust has supported our efforts in achieving this goal for many years by the provision of free tickets for charities, supporting concerts in nursing homes and our outdoor programme. The Festival Collective is made possible with thanks to generous support from the Kavli Trust.
Current events for 2018
This year the Festival Collective will bring Bergen International Festival to the following communities:
CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE
- Romeo og Julie will be visiting young people at Hyssingen and Fellesverket (Red Cross).
- The Great Journey will be visiting children at Bamsehiet (the Church City Mission) and Ny-Krohnborg school.
- Kling klang will be visiting infants at the Church City Mission's open nursery at Slettebakken and the Red Cross Crisis Centre. Kling klang will also visit Tveiterås school for children with special educational needs.
- Heidi Marie Vestrheim will bring music and storytelling to young patients at Haukeland University Hospital's Children and Young People's Unit.
- Beatrice Allegranti Dance Theatre will be engaging residents at two specialist dementia centres at the Red Cross and Fyllingsdalen care homes with participatory dance workshops.
- Catharine Chen (violinist) and Jie Zhang (pianist) will be performing at Hordnestunet, Enkers and Lyngbøtunet care homes.
- Jazz trio, Building Instrument, are performing in Robin Hood House for financially and socially disadvantaged people and at Vardesenteret, Haukeland, for those affected by cancer.
- Heidi Marie Vestrheim will be performing for people dependent on drugs and alcohol at Hallvardstuen.
- Miss Tati will be returning to Bergen Prison as part of a larger Festival Collective project where prisoners are producing and performing in a one day festival.
The Festival Collective invites creative leaders to collaborate with communities on a variety of ongoing cultural projects.
"Festspillene i Bergen Fengsel" (Bergen Prison International Festival)
Prisoners in Bergen Prison are collaborating with local musicians to direct, produce and perform in a one day festival for the prison community.
Songs and Adventure
Choir leader Ruth Nonseid and artist Katrine Meisfjord are collaborating on a singing and storytelling project with refugees and immigrants as part of a networking and integration initiative together with Papillon – a meeting place for ethnic minority girls and women.
THE FREEDOM ROOM: A SYMPOSIUM ON SOCIALLY ENGAGED ARTS
As part of Bergen International Festival's socially engaged programme, the Festival Collective, we are co-producing a symposium together with KMD, UiB, UiS and HVL. See the full programme for Wednesday May 23 here and full programme for Thursday May 24 and Friday May 25 here.
The Festival Collective's contribution to the symposium is Professional Development sessions, presented by two of the UK's most notable music workshop leaders, Julian West and Jessie Maryon Davies. The sessions, supported by Kavlifondet, will be open to musicians interested in this field and will take place on May 24 at BIKS.
Jessie Maryon Davies 12:00–13:00
In this session we will look at ideas for simple songs and rounds (canon), accessible and fun vocal warm ups and we’ll explore ways to facilitate improvisation, composition and lyric generation.
Inspired by past community music projects in hospitals and refugee choirs, Jessie will include time for reflection about how to apply all this to working with community groups and vulnerable adults. Musicians are not required to be professional singers in order to attend this workshop. It is open to any musician or creative facilitator wishing to learn more about how to incorporate singing into their practise.
Julian West: 15:45–17:00
In this session, we will be considering the range of possibilities that exist for socially engaged arts practice. From relaxed performances, side-by-side projects, audience participation, through to co-creation, we will draw on existing work to explore different approaches. Julian will also talk about his work with Created Out of Mind, an interdisciplinary group of researchers aiming to challenge and shape perceptions of the dementias.