Do classical musicians become grumpy if you aplaude at the wrong time? Can you wear jeans to the festival? We have collected some of the most resilient myths about Bergen International Festival.
Myth 1: Bergen International Festival is all about classical music
It is true that Bergen International Festival present a lot of classical music, but the programme also contains theatre, dance, contemporary music, exhibitions, outdoor concerts and family activities.
Myth 2: Bergen International Festival is for posh people and senior citizens
The festival is for everyone! The audience comes from all parts of Bergen, and most of them are women. The number of students has also doubled in recent years. Still any attempts to mess with the mandatory singing of Bergens “National anthem” “Nystemten” are off course met with large protests.
Myth 3: I need to dress up
Earlier it was common to dress up for concerts and performances. All though dressing smart is in no way frowned upon, the majority of the audience choose a casual appearance. Come as you please — the important thing is that you feel well!
Myth 4: The Bergen International Festival is expensive
A ticket for the festival ranges from free of charge to 800 kroner, and there are several discount programs. In Grieghallen and Den Nationale Scene prices start at 190 kroner. For everyone under the age of 30, the maximum cost is 150 kroner. Several of the concerts and performances are free and may by experienced outdoors during the festival.
Myth 5: I do not know how to behave
In classical music there is an unwritten rule against clapping until the work is complete. But most musicians appreciate a honest reaction from the audience. If you are unsure, just follow the crowds reactions, as there are always someone with experience present in the audience. The important thing however, is to turn off your cell phone.