Grieg Foundation supports numerous charitable projects worldwide, with an emphasis on projects that involve children and youth, music and culture, health and research and climate action. Since 2002, the Grieg Foundation has presented many gifts to the city's population through the Bergen Festival.
One of them was in 2022, when the foundation turned 20 years old, its founder Per Grieg sr. turned 90, and the Festspillene had its 70th anniversary. Grieg Foundation celebrated this by, among other things, giving a gift to everyone in the city in the form of a free outdoor programme at the Festival square during the Festival. In 2023, the Bergen International Festival and the Grieg Foundation have entered into a new, multi-year collaboration agreement which makes it possible to continue this free arena in the middle of the city center for the next three festivals. This makes the Grieg Foundation the Festivals largest project partner.
In a colourful, green costume, with seating and a stage, Torgallmenningen will be dressed up, and will offer daily events, playgrounds for the children, as well as concerts with talented musicians in many different genres. The entire city's favorite square will be filled for ten days with free events, and the series will be opened by the navy's eminent music band with a boom, march and music, on Thursday 25 May.
The Bergen International Festival would like to thank the Grieg Foundation for their long-term support.
The DNB Savings Bank Foundation - Dextra MusicaDNB
The DNB Savings Bank Foundation is an independent foundation that has as one of its main goals to increase the interest and understanding of art and culture, especially among children and young people. They do this by supporting projects that ensure good dissemination and invite participation. Dextra Musica is a subsidiary of Sparebankstiftelsen DNB, which since 2006 has bought valuable string instruments with the purpose of loaning them to Norwegian musicians.
With support from The DNB Savings Bank Foundation - Dextra Musica, the festival offers performances from young world-class musicians and outstanding international artists in the Troldsalden and composer homes of Grieg and Sæverud at Troldhaugen and Siljustøl, and in Håkonshallen, Kulturhuset and Universitetsaulaen.
In addition, the DNB Savings Bank Foundation supports Bergen International Festival's new talent development programme for young composers through funding and collaboration.
In 2023, the Foundation also supports Verdi's Requiem in Grieghallen.
The Bergen International Festival thanks The DNB Savings Bank Foundation - Dextra Musica for the support
Westfal-Larsen og Hustru Anna Westfal-Larsens Almennyttige Fond has the purpose of providing support for the promotion of matters that are in the best interest of Bergen's general well-being and cultural life.
The fund supports the concert Lise Davidsen & James Baillieu, Humans 2.0, and the Closing concert.
The Bergen International Festival thanks Westfal-Larsen og Hustru Anna Westfal-Larsens Almennyttige Fond for the contributions that bring new perspectives and stories to Bergen.
Talent Norge is a non-profit, joint-stock company founded in 2015 to provide outstanding artistic talents with opportunities to realise their full potential. They support environments that recruit top-level talent in music, dance, performing arts, literature and visual arts, and collaborate with institutions, organisations and cultural entities throughout the country.
Through funds and collaboration, Talent Norge supports the festival's new talent development programme for young composers.
The Bergen International Festival wishes to thank Talent Norge for their support.
The GC Rieber Foundations provide support for non-profit social and cultural purposes, preferably in Bergen. Contributions are also made to medical and other research. Among many good cultural initiatives, the Foundations have given priority to supporting local young talent, especially in music. This is to ensure the further development of a broad cultural life in the city for the future.
With support from the GC Rieber Foundations, the Festival can offer several concerts in nursing homes, where children from primary and secondary school are also invited to build bridges across generations.
The Foundations also support OperaUp!, spontaneous mini-concerts for travelers on Fløibanen.
The Bergen International Festival thanks GC Rieber Foundations for their support.
The Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation was established in 1972 by Ernst von Siemens, grandson of the company founder Werner von Siemens. In 1973 the first Ernst von Siemens Music Prize was awarded – to Benjamin Britten. Since then, the foundation has awarded the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize every year to a composer, performer or musicologist who has made outstanding contributions to international musical life. Moreover the Music Foundation promotes around 130 festivals, concerts with premiere and repeat performances, composition commissions, symposiums and musicological publications worldwide per year.
The Kavli Trust has for many years supported the Bergen International Festival. In particular, the Fund has wanted to support measures to make the Festival available to people who, for various reasons, do not themselves have the opportunity to attend the regular festival program.
The Fritt Ord Foundation is a non-profit private foundation whose paramount objective, is to protect and promote freedom of expression and the environment for freedom of expression in Norway, particularly by encouraging lively debate and the dauntless use of the free word.
With support from the Fritt Ord Foundation, Ordskifte is continued, a debate program that will help to mirror and highlight important tendencies and issues in the present time, based on the festival's widely branched program.
The Bergen International Festival thanks the Fritt Ord Foundation for the support.