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
Festspillkollektivet 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. Festspillkollektivet is made possible with thanks to generous support from the Kavli Trust.
In 2018, Festspillkollektivet brought Bergen International Festival to the following communities:
CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE
- Theatre production Romeo og Julie visited young people at Hyssingen and Fellesverket (Red Cross).
- The Great Journey visited children at Bamsehiet (the Church City Mission) and Ny-Krohnborg school.
- Early years specialist composer Kling klang visited infants at the Church City Mission's open nursery at Slettebakken and the Red Cross Crisis Centre. Kling klang also visited Tveiterås school for children with special educational needs.
- Heidi Marie Vestrheim brought music and storytelling to young patients at Haukeland University Hospital's Children and Young People's Unit.
- Beatrice Allegranti Dance Theatre engaged 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) performed at Hordnestunet, Enkers and Lyngbøtunet care homes.
- In November, 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 performed for people dependent on drugs and alcohol at Hallvardstuen.
- Miss Tati returned to Bergen Prison as part of a larger Festival Collective project where prisoners produced and performed in a one day festival.
Festspillkollektivet invites creative leaders to collaborate with communities on a variety of ongoing cultural projects in Artist Residencies.
Festspillene i Bergen Fengsel (Bergen Prison International Festival)
Prisoners in Bergen Prison collaborated with local musicians to direct, produce and perform in a one day festival for the prison community.
Songs and Adventure
Throughout 2018, 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
The Festival Collective co-produced a symposium together with four universities in Western Norway: KMD, UiB, UiS and HVL.