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Concert / Music
Berlioz

PRESENTED BY THE BERGEN INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL, THE BERGEN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA AND BERGEN NATIONAL OPERA Berlioz' grandiose requiem masterfully mixes the...


Concert / Music / Opera
Copyright © Warren Orchard

Charming operatic superstar Irresistible vocal power. Genuine acting charisma. Enviable repertoire. And not least – charm that reaches well beyond the back...


Concert / Music
Igudesman & Joo: Play it Again

Have you ever wished that the concert would start with the encore? This was exactly what the music comedy duo Igudesman & Joo thought when they created Play it...


Concert / Music
Grieg & Gubaidulina med BFO, Gidon Kremer & Ah Ruem Ahn

Signature works by Gubaidulina and Grieg: Offertorium and the A minor Concerto. When Offertorium was premiered in Vienna in 1981, Sofia Gubaidulina was...


Concert / Dramatised concert / Music
Copyright © Gilles Marie Zimmermann

A live version of the TV programme Hovedscenen with violinist Charlie Siem and presenter Arild Erikstad. Charlie Siem is an international classic violinist who...


Dramatised concert / Music
Copyright © Magnus Hastings

Orchestrated chaos with wild and exquisite music. The Australian postmodern diva and cabaret artist Meow Meow has hypnotized, inspired, and vowed theatres...


Contemporary circus
Paris de Nuit

Sink into the captivating shadows of the Parisian night. Starting up his contemporary circus company Recirquel in 2012, artistic director Bence Vági decided to...


Concert / Music / Opera
Joseph Calleja

Lyrical tenor with a voice from the golden age of opera. Joseph Calleja is often compared with such operatic icons as Caruso, Björling and Pavarotti. The...


Concert / Dance / Music
Copyright © Nicola Selby

A formidable international co-production exploring the alchemical synergy of sound, motion and imagery. Take an award-winning Danish choreographer (Kim...


Dance / Music
Copyright © Bjørn Opsahl

Sometimes we have to choose a different way of travelling in order to keep moving.  Since her debut in 1992, Anja Garbarek has been provoking the musical...


Opera / Theatre
Copyright © Keith Pattison

A South African musical about a life of fleeing. Asad is a young Somalian refugee with a traumatic past, miraculously good luck, and a nose for business. After...


Theatre
Episode

This performance is in Swedish. Please see the Norwegian description for more information.


Dance
Carte Blanche: Soufflette

A historical breath from the primitive beginning, which wakens and unfolds through song and dance. Envisage the dark and primitive Middle Ages, which are...


Concert
Copyright © Britt Lindeman

Musical masters interact. The composers featured in this evening's concert shared the fate of oppression by the Soviet state for decades. When they emigrated...


Concert
Copyright © Priska Ketterer

A charismatic and uncompromising master pianist. Hungarian-born British pianist Sir András Schiff was first recognised as a genius long ago. A Norwegian...


Concert / Opera
Randi Stene & Bengt Forsberg

'Darkness and sentimentality are musical qualities that have always appealed to me. Sibelius offers plenty,' says Norway's great mezzo-soprano. Randi Stene has...


Concert
Wheels within Wheels: Mouvance

An English description will be published shortly.


Concert / Music
Copyright © Antonio Armentano

Jazz quartet looking to the east. Undoubtedly, Trygve Seim could be said to have always looked to the east: from close collaboration with Finnish Jazz star...


Concert
Music for 18 Musicians av Steve Reich

A landmark in modern music history with students and staff at the Norwegian Academy of Music. In the period 1974–1976 Steve Reich (1936–) wrote one of his...


Concert
Marius Neset

Futurist jazz with tubular bells and cello. The unexpected is an important feature for saxophonist-composer Marius Neset. His music is inspired by...


Concert
Nordic Voices

World premieres on extraordinary popes and a Greek mystery cult. A dead pope in the dock, a pope who gave birth during a church procession and the Vatican's...


Concert / Music
Bergen Domkor m/Andreas Brantelid

Francis of Assisi's song in praise of creation. Festival composer Sofia Gubaidulina has used words by Francis of Assisi on several occasions. His Canticle of...


Concert / Music
Bergen Domkor m Andreas Brantelid  low res

Sing along with Bergen Cathedral Choir at the Sunday service Of Schubert's masses no. 2 in G major is probably the most popular. It is a Missa Brevis (Latin...

Domkirken

Sunday 03 June 2018
kl 11:00–12:30



Concert / Music
Copyright © Nienke Schutte

Informal concerts with a low threshold and a high standard. The students at the Grieg Academy invite you to enjoy great musical experiences during daytime. The...

Johanneskirken

Tuesday 29 May 2018
kl 12:00–13:00



Concert / Music
Kremer, Dalene & Welde med Kremerata Baltica

Violin concertos by Mendelssohn and Bach. Violinist Gidon Kremer is one of this year's Crescendo mentors. The Crescendo programme connects experienced...


Concert / Music / Opera
Ann-Helen Moen & Liv Glaser

A lifelong friendship with Mozart and Grieg. Soprano Ann-Helen Moen and pianist Liv Glaser have both grown up with Mozart and Grieg, and the composers have...


Concert / Music
Ellen Nisbeth & Bengt Forsberg

Songs and romance for viola and piano. Ellen Nisbeth and Bengt Forsberg, both Swedish, perform a programme inspired by nature, with works by Tchaikovsky,...


Concert / Music
Alice Di Piazza & Ivan Monighetti

Grieg and music from the Soviet era – with the Italian-Russian duo Alice Di Piazza & Ivan Monighetti. She was considered a child prodigy on the piano, Sofia...


Concert / Music
Janine Jansen m/venner

'What happens when talented Norwegian string players perform with international stars? A musical meeting of equals.' Thus began a Norwegian daily paper's rave...


Concert / Music
Copyright © Colin Bell

A double concert with Norway's trumpet queen. Tine Thing Helseth has a CV to take most people's breath away. Only 30 years old, she has a gold album, has won...


Concert / Music
Copyright © Colin Bell

A double concert with Norway's trumpet queen. Tine Thing Helseth has a CV to take most people's breath away. Only 30 years old, she has a gold album, has won...


Concert / Music
Leif Ove Andsnes & Andreas Brantelid med venner

A double concert with young and established artists. The New York Times has called Leif Ove Andsnes 'a pianist of magisterial elegance, power and insight'....


Concert / Music
Leif Ove Andsnes & Andreas Brantelid med venner

A double concert with young and established artists. The New York Times has called Leif Ove Andsnes 'a pianist of magisterial elegance, power and insight'....


Concert / Music
Copyright © Marco Borggreve

Trumpet and percussion virtuosos. There is not much established repertoire for the combination of percussion and trumpet. However, that is no problem for Håkan...


Concert / Music
Ah Ruem Ahn

Fireworks in Grieg's sitting room.  As the winner of the 2016 Edvard Grieg International Piano Competition, South Korean Ah Ruem Ahn is familiar to Bergen...


Concert / Music
Ellen Nisbeth & Gunnar Flagstad: To a Nordic Princess

Scandinavian love in Grieg's home. 9 August 1928 pianist and composer Percy Grainger played for a full house in Hollywood Bowl. At the end of the concert he...


Concert / Music
Ingrid Andsnes

German Romantic music from three strong personalities. When Johannes Brahms performed his own compositions for the pianist-composer couple Clara and Robert...


Concert / Music
Johan Dalene & Gunnar Flagstad

Captivating and nostalgic from a violinist in remarkable development. The Strad was effusive in praise of the young Norwegian-Swedish violinist: 'His delicate...


Concert / Music
Catharina Chen & Jie Zhang

Virtuoso and beautiful in an atmospheric Sunday concert. If we are to believe the critics, Catharina Chen and Jie Zhang are virtuosos with practically no...


Concert / Music
Ragnhild Hemsing & Tor Espen Aspaas

From the heart of European art music to national roots. The Strad praises Ragnhild Hemsing for the emotional depth of her playing, and BBC Music Magazine is...


Concert / Music
Eldbjørg Hemsing & Anna Fedorova

Musical fireworks. Eldbjørg Hemsing made her solo debut with Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of 11. This spring she launches her first solo album,...


Dance / Family/children / Other events
Familiedag på Siljustøl

Enchanting Sunday close to nature in Sæverud's own paradise. The great family day at Harald Sæverud's property is a valued and popular tradition. "Nature is my...

Siljustøl

Sunday 27 May 2018
kl 12:00–16:00



Concert / Music
Siljustøl-2

A surprise at Siljustøl In April, The Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) will host the soloist competition Virtuos for classical musicians. The winner is...


Concert / Music
Marina Kan Selvik

Festival debut for this Norwegian-Russian pianist Marina Kan Selvik was seven years old the first time she appeared as a soloist with a symphony orchestra. Now...


Exhibition
Copyright © Torbjørn Rødland

Torbjørn Rødland's photographs combine mythology, popular culture and reality. For over 15 years Torbjørn Rødland has been developing a singular...

Bergen Kunsthall

Monday–Sunday 24 May 2018–12 August 2018
kl 11:00–17:00



Concert / Major events / Music / Other events
Copyright © Thor Brødreskift

Welcome to the grand opening of the 66th Bergen International Festival in the heart of the city! The official opening ceremony includes a broad menu of...

Torgallmenningen

Wednesday 23 May 2018
kl 12:30–13:30



Concert / Film / Music / Other events
Frankenstein

A film concert out in the open. Torgallmenningen is turned into Bergen's largest outdoors cinema and venue for the classic monster movie Frankenstein (1931),...

Torgallmenningen

Wednesday 23 May 2018
kl 21:30–22:45



Debate
The Freedom Room_Symposium on Socially Engaged Arts lowres

Artists, musicians, community activists, therapists and teachers use arts practices in their work with individuals and groups across a range of public,...

KMD, Møllendalsveien 61

Wednesday 23 May 2018
kl 19:00–21:30



Concert / Music
Ole Bull Kammerkor

Hymns from Festival Poet Edvard Hoem. The themes of Edvard Hoem's hymn lyrics span from heaven to earth, from everyday matters to the solemn, in a...


Debate
The Freedom Room_Symposium on Socially Engaged Arts lowres

Artists, musicians, community activists, therapists and teachers use arts practices in their work with individuals and groups across a range of public,...

Bergen Internasjonale Kultursenter (BIKS)

Thursday 24 May 2018
kl 12:00–21:00


Friday 25 May 2018
kl 13:00–22:00



Concert / Music
Grieghallen

Informal concerts with a low threshold and a high standard. The students at the Grieg Academy invite you to enjoy great musical experiences during daytime. The...

Grieghallens foajé

Thursday 24 May 2018
kl 12:00–13:00


Thursday 24 May 2018
kl 15:00–16:00


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Theatre
Andvake

A spellbinding litterary work becomes theatre.  In 2015 Jon Fosse was awarded the Nordic Council's Literature Prize for his trilogy Andvake (Sleepless) –...


Concert / Music / Other events
Copyright © Thor Brødreskift

The Bergen International Festival a meeting place for artists of many genres. Each day you will meet some of them on the small stage at Torgallmenningen.

Torgallmenningen

Monday–Sunday 24 May 2018–07 June 2018
kl 16:15–16:30



Entertainment / Music / Other events
Copyright © Thor Brødreskift

Live radio from Bergen's main quare, Torgallmenningen. The Bergen Student Radio – Studentradioen i Bergen (SRIB) – will broadcast the festival mood from their...

Torgallmenningen

Monday–Sunday 24 May 2018–03 June 2018
kl 11:00–13:00



Theatre
Copyright © Pasqual Gorriz

If it is impossible to stop an electron, what's the point in building fences against flocks of birds?   Two mirages. On the one hand wars, droughts, massive...


Concert / Music / Other events
skodvin_nordvegen_2017

A musical journey from past to present. Norwegian composers Einar Selvik and Ivar Bjørnson created a work solidly rooted in our Norse past for last year's...

Os, Solstrand Hotel & Bad, Fjellhallen

Friday 25 May 2018 19:00–20:30
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Theatre
Copyright © Julieta Cervantes

Is the digital world becoming humankind's new planet? With this love letter to a world in flux, US director Annie Dorsen takes us on a journey through inner...


Concert / Music
Copyright © Emile Holba

The tender sound of ice. Icepercussion, icehorns, iceophone. Ever since fulfilling his dream of adding ice to his instrument collection in 1999, Terje Isungset...


Concert / Family/children / Music / Other events
Copyright © Magnus Skrede

Imagine Torgallmenningen, Bergen's main square, full of pianos! Yes, and these are not just normal pianos. These have been tampered with, untempered and...

Torgallmenningen

Friday 25 May 2018
kl 12:00–12:45



Theatre
Copyright © Karsten Piper

A private performance about sex work. – I challenge you to tell the difference between a naked prostitute and any other naked woman. With these words, Danish...


Debate
ordskifte festspillene

The performance Birdie is based on Alfred Hitchcock's masterpiece The Birds – perhaps one of the scariest movies in the world. What can such and an old classic...

Bergen Offentlige Bibliotek (Bergen Public Library), Amalies hage

Friday 25 May 2018
kl 12:00–12:45



Debate
ordskifte festspillene

This event is in Norwegian. Please see the Norwegian description for more information.

Bergen Offentlige Bibliotek (Bergen Public Library), Musikkavdelingen

Friday 25 May 2018
kl 16:00–17:00



Concert / Film / Music / Theatre
Copyright © Marina Vidor

Enter into the orchestra and the performance! Bergen International Festival invites you to two virtual art experiences in the lobby in Grieghallen – and it is...

Grieghallens foajé

Monday–Sunday 24 May 2018–01 June 2018
kl 11:00–16:00


Monday–Wednesday, Sunday 03 June 2018–06 June 2018
kl 11:00–16:00



Concert / Music / Other events
Floibanen 100 Oppdrag lowres FLOIEN-MAI2015-annonse DestinasjonNorge vår2016

Musical-poetic overture for a packed fløibane wagon. Bergen International Festival and Fløibanen invite you on a very special tour to celebrate the funicular's...

Fløibanen

Saturday 26 May 2018
kl 19:45–19:55



Concert / Music / Other events
Floibanen 100 Utspill lowres FLOIEN-BERGEN-SVERREHJORNEVIK-8420

Sounds from the mountain and songs from the city by the water's edge at Skomakerdiket. While the May evening is closing in, people find a place to sit down in...

Fløyen, Skomakerdiket

Saturday 26 May 2018
kl 21:30–22:50



Debate
ordskifte festspillene

How do we know that the algorithms which rule our society are fair? What might be done to better the situation? Og what does the average data consumer even...

Bergen Offentlige Bibliotek (Bergen Public Library), Musikkavdelingen

Saturday 26 May 2018
kl 13:00–14:00



Debate
Copyright © Giedre Dirvanauskaite

For more than fifty years, Gidon Kramer has been one of the world's most sought-after violinists within the classical repertoire and new music. As a 1980...

Litteraturhuset, Auditoriet

Saturday 26 May 2018
kl 16:00–17:00



Concert / Dance / Family/children / Music
Copyright © Thor Brødreskift

Young festival art from Sunnhordland. Pupils from the Cultural Schools in Stord, Bømlo, Sveio, Tysnes, Kvinnherad, Fitjar and Etne perform on this second...

Stord Kulturhus

Saturday 26 May 2018
kl 16:00–17:30



Family/children / Other events
Den store reisen

The wheels on the bus go round and round, all through the world. The Great Journey is an expedition in mini format. Together with your fellow passengers you...


Debate
Copyright © Tor Stenersen

This performance is in Norwegian. Please see the Norwegian description for more information.

Lille Ole Bull Scene

Friday, Saturday 25 May 2018–26 May 2018
kl 19:00


Saturday 25 May 2018–26 May 2018
kl 14:00



Concert / Dramatised concert / Music
Landscape of Hate

Confrontation and improvisation in the destructive world of online trolls. Landscape of Hate is an improvised multimedia project that promotes and encourages...


Dance / Family/children / Music / Theatre
Copyright © The Granger Collection / NTB scanpix

This performance is in Norwegian. Please see the Norwegian description for more information.


Concert / Music
skodvin_nordvegen_2017

A musical journey from past to present. Norwegian composers Einar Selvik and Ivar Bjørnson created a work solidly rooted in our Norse past for last year's...


Family/children / Theatre
Garage

Two men, a chicken, and a great many machines. In a messy workshop, there are two mechanics in dirty overalls. With immense fascination and passion for...


Concert
Wheels within Wheels: Mouvance

An English description will be published shortly.


Other events
The Trip

Look out for a fascinating and mysterious journey. One by one someone disappears into Tombs Creatius' decorated trailer. The Trip is an individual journey,...

Torgallmenningen

Sunday 27 May 2018
kl 11:00–13:00


Sunday 27 May 2018
kl 14:00–16:00


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Theatre
Panini-BoysRoom av Vinge/Müller

A theatrical installation and four performances. The theatre company Vinge/Müller sets up their own construction at Sentralbadet, staging a cross between an...


Concert / Music
CRESCENDO Piazzolla med Sonoko Miriam Welde & Kremerata Baltica

The Four Seasons in Buenos Aires. Violinist Sonoko Miriam Welde and string ensemble Kremerata Baltica appear in Knarvik Church with an exciting musical...

Knarvik kyrkje

Sunday 27 May 2018
kl 13:00–14:10



Debate
ordskifte festspillene

This event is in Norwegian. Please see the Norwegian description for more information.

Bergen Offentlige Bibliotek (Bergen Public Library), Musikkavdelingen

Monday 28 May 2018
kl 17:00–18:00



Debate / Food / Music
Lysverket bar (Foto Line Klein)_nordvegen

Traditional food with a twist by Lysverket. Einar Selvik, Ivar Bjørnson and Eivor meet chef Christopher Haatuft for an informal food talk in the restaurant,...


Family/children / Other events / Theatre
Copyright © Marcel Panne

Artful street theatre that comes with a giggle guarantee Masterly juggling, physical comedy, unsynchronized dance steps, and an extraordinary way with the...

Torgallmenningen

Sunday 27 May 2018
kl 11:00–11:45


Sunday 27 May 2018
kl 14:00–14:45


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Debate
Ordskifte standard

Film scholar Marc Siegel from Hildesheim/Berlin hosts a conversation with director Vegard Vinge and scenographer Ida Müller, who moves in to Sentralbadet...

Litteraturhuset, Auditoriet

Monday 28 May 2018
kl 17:00–18:00



Dance / Family/children / Music
Copyright © Thor Brødreskift

Talented future artists on the stage all day. The Festival Youth Day is a free all-day event where Cultural School pupils from all over Hordaland get the...

Grieghallen, Peer Gynt-salen

Monday 28 May 2018
kl 10:00–14:00



Concert
Wheels within Wheels: Mouvance

An English description will be published shortly.

T-Michael, Christian Michelsens gate 1

Monday 28 May 2018 19:00–20:00
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Debate
Copyright © Elisa Catozzi

This event is in Norwegian. Please see the Norwegian description for more information.

KODE 1, Festsalen

Tuesday 29 May 2018
kl 14:00–15:00



Exhibition
Panini-BoysRoom av Vinge/Müller

A theatrical installation and four performances. The theatre company Vinge/Müller sets up their own construction at Sentralbadet, staging a cross between an...


Concert / Music
Eivør

The strong, delicate voice from the Faroe Islands that finds music everywhere. The vocalist, instrumentalist, and composer from the majestic islands possesses...


Concert / Dance / Family/children / Music / Theatre
de unges festspill foto thor brodreskift_78_preview

Festival performance with selected young talents. In this evening performance in the Peer Gynt Hall in Grieghallen you will see and listen to artists who...


Concert / Dramatised concert / Music
Queen of the Night Pauline Malefane

Cape Town ensemble creates an explosion of joy of Mozart's Magic Flute. At this Festival concert, The Magic Flute – Impempe Yomlingo, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's...


Concert / Music
Eldbjørg Hemsing & Ragnhild Hemsing

The violin playing sisters from Valdres are deeply rooted in Norwegian folk music, one of Edvard Grieg's most significant sources of inspiration, and their...


Family/children / Other events
Spill & spetakkel

Come and play! The playground at Festspillplassen will be filled with interactive artworks, games, and brain teasers for all ages. Catalonian street art...

Festspillplassen, Tullemutten

Monday–Sunday 30 May 2018–05 June 2018
kl 11:00–17:00



Debate
ordskifte festspillene

This event is in Norwegian. Please see the Norwegian description for more information.

Bergen Offentlige Bibliotek (Bergen Public Library), Musikkavdelingen

Friday 01 June 2018
kl 15:00–16:00



Concert / Music
thomas2

Thomas Valeur takes you on a tour of the guitar world, starting with Edvard Grieg and moving on to Spain, Latin America, and Scotland. He trained as a...


Family/children / Other events
Eldbjørg Hemsing & Ragnhild Hemsing

Three days packed with music, dance, theatre, boxcar races, boating activities, veteran cars, guided tours, markets, museums, games and other activities near...

Laksevågparken

Friday 01 June 2018
kl 11:30–14:00


Saturday 02 June 2018
kl 17:30–21:00


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Concert / Music / Other events
Copyright © Helge Skodvin

A musical journey from past to present. Norwegian composers Einar Selvik and Ivar Bjørnson created a work solidly rooted in our Norse past for last year's...


Concert / Music / Theatre
White Nigger # Black Madonna

'God is white, but God is dead. The future is BLACK.' The white woman lives her white life. (It is safe, it is good, it is boring). The white woman no longer...


Family/children / Music / Theatre
La balle rouge

A touching presentation of the emotional life of foam rubber. Two foam rubber figures meet by a red ball. They fall in love, builds a home, and have cute foam...


Concert / Music / Other events
skodvin_nordvegen_2017

A musical journey from past to present. Norwegian composers Einar Selvik and Ivar Bjørnson created a work solidly rooted in our Norse past for last year's...


Concert / Family/children / Music
Copyright © Haslien fotografene

Treasure jazz for toddlers. Big eyes. Small fingers. Sharp ears. A whole new world of completely new sounds. Kling Klang is a musical experience for the senses...


Concert / Dance / Music
Jazz'n Rhythm

Jazz and flamenco in golden fusion. Award winning flamenco dancer and choreographer Selene Muñoz completely charmed the people in Os when she last visited the...


Debate
Ordskifte standard

This event is in Norwegian. Please see the Norwegian description for more information.

Litteraturhuset, Auditoriet

Saturday 02 June 2018
kl 15:00–16:00



Contemporary circus / Family/children / Other events
UduL

Mime, comedy, music, and acrobatics UduL is an entertaining performance about the art and non-art of body language. In this performance, the Catalonian company...


Family/children / Other events
Copyright © Ricardo Reis

A masked journey between worlds. In a dimension between the living and the dead, a space between purgatory and limbo, begins a journey through an imaginary...

Bergen sentrum

Saturday, Sunday 02 June 2018–03 June 2018
kl 13:00–13:50



Theatre
Babettes gjestebud

Join us at the table! With Karen Blixen's famous story «Babette's Feast» in hand, we invite the audience to a celebration meal at Lystgården in Landås. While...


Concert / Music
Copyright © Lluis Calm Vidal

A duo packing a punch becomes a trio in a mentoring encounter. Bjørn-Christian Svarstad from Trondheim and Kristoffer Almås from Mosjøen met as students at the...


Concert / Music
Mesterklasser på Rekstensamlingene - foto thor brodreskift_2_preview

with Leif Ove Andsnes, Marianna Shirinyan & Håvard Gimse Experience the pianists Leif Ove Andsnes, Marianna Shirinyan and Håvard Gimse at work with eight...

Rekstensamlingene

Sunday 03 June 2018
kl 12:00–17:45


Monday 04 June 2018
kl 10:00–13:00


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Theatre
Romeo og Julie

This performance is in Norwegian. Please see the Norwegian description for more information.


Concert / Music
Mesterklasser på Rekstensamlingene - foto thor brodreskift_2_preview

During five days of master classes, the piano students will have honed their technique, working with and receiving guidance from Leif Ove Andsnes, Marianna...

Rekstensamlingene

Wednesday 06 June 2018
kl 14:00–15:30





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