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20 May - 03 June 2020


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How will the Covid-19 pandemic affect the 2020 Bergen International Festival?

The fight against the corona virus means that it might not be possible to execute this year’s festival as planned. The pandemic puts severe limitations on society, and we’re frequently asked if the festival will take place at all this year. Current preventative measures from the government last until after the Easter holidays, but it is likely that the Festival will be affected by further measures in some way or another.  

We support the national effort to prevent the further spread of the disease and are working to adapt this year’s festival to the current situation. We are in talks with artists and partners to try to find solutions and are cutting costs where we can.  

At the moment we can’t say anything more definite about the 2020 Bergen International Festival, and we hope for your understanding. We’ll be back with more info as soon as we can.  

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Does the Festival refund my tickets if the event is cancelled?

Yes, the Bergen International Festival refunds tickets purchased if there is a cancellation. You can read more about the terms of cancellation and refunds here. If there is a cancellation or other major changes, ticket buyers who have registered contact information in the ticket system will be informed by e-mail and/or text message. In addition, there will be updated information at and in our social media.

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I can’t attend the Bergen International Festival because of the corona crisis. What do I do?

We realise the current circumstances are extraordinary. If you are not able to use your tickets because of the current pandemic, please contact us at or via the chat.

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How can I be a performer at the Bergen International Festival?

Artists performing at the Bergen International Festival have been invited by the Festival. The Festival’s Chief Executive Officer and artistic director, Anders Beyer, has the overall responsibility for the artistic program. The planning of each year’s Festival – 15 days of concerts and performances by the world’s leading artists within classical music, theatre, opera and dance – is an ongoing process. Projects and programmes are often developed with companies and individual artists several years in advance.

If you think that you or your company has an exciting programme to offer, that the Bergen International Festival is missing, then send an email to or send the information to Festspillene i Bergen, Postboks 183 Sentrum, 5804 Bergen, Norway.

We receive a lot of information, and unfortunately do not have the opportunity to confirm receipt or return material.

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Where can I buy and collect tickets?

Where do I buy tickets?
The easiest and cheapest solution is to buy tickets online as e-tickets (PDF). Here is a listing of all our outlets.

Can I buy tickets at the door?
See the individual venue for information. Unclaimed tickets can be purchased on 15 minutes prior to the event start time.

I have been invited to the Opening ceremony and/or Opening performance. Where do I collect the tickets?
Information on where to pick up your tickets can be found in the confirmation you received after registration. Search for an e-mail from in your inbox.

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What prices and discounts apply?

Ordinary prices are given for each event on the program pages. Here you’ll find an overview of offers and discounts.

What is FiB Fordel and how can I buy discounted FiB Fordel tickets?
FiB Fordel is a membership that offers up to 30% discount on tickets and a variety of other benefits. Read more here.

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How can I get a companion ticket or reserve a ticket for a wheelchair?

Free companion tickets are available online, at the Grieghallen ticket office and at the festival ticket booth during the festival period. Purchase of wheelchair tickets must be done via the Grieghallen ticket office. Read more here.

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What about cancellation, refunds and exchange of tickets?

Can I buy canceled/unclaimed tickets?
Unclaimed tickets are put up for sale on 15 minutes prior to an event’s start time.

Can I be reimbursed for my ticket if I can't attend an event?
No. Read more here.

Does the Festival refund tickets?
We will refund tickets if we must cancel or change the date of a performance, but not necessarily in the event of a change of artist, delay or technical error. Read more here.

If a cancellation occurs, we will contact you as soon as possible to offer a refund or new tickets to another event.

Can I change my tickets to another event or price after I buy them?
No. Read more here.

Can I get a refund if I have bought full-price tickets but am entitled to a discount?
No, we do not refund the price difference unless the discrepancy is due to a technical error. Always check that the price is correct before you make the payment.

An event I have purchased tickets for is canceled. What should I do?
Information will be sent by e-mail and/or SMS to everyone we have contact information for to offer a refund or new tickets to another event.

How can I file a complaint?
If you are dissatisfied in connection with the purchase of your tickets or your experience at one of the festival's events, you can contact the Bergen International Festival at

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When will tickets be sent by ordinary mail?

Tickets are posted within 5-7 business days within Norway. For tickets sent abroad, a delivery time of up to 14 days must be expected.

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Must e-tickets be printed in advance?

No, you can either print the ticket in advance or show it on your mobile phone. Ensure that the brightness is turned up to max if you are presenting it on your phone.

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I can't find my ticket. What can I do?

I cannot find the order confirmation with the attached tickets.
Check the junk mail / spam / spam folder.
Check if your email account has reached its upper storage capacity limit.
Search for emails from

You can also log in to My Page to download a copy of the ticket(s).

I can't open the attachment.
The ticket itself is attached to the order confirmation as a PDF file. If you cannot open the PDF file, you can check the security settings in your email account allowing file attachments. Ensure that you have Adobe Acrobat reader Installed.

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I have received an artist pass. How does it work?

The artist pass grants free entry to 4 events, max. 2 tickets per event, upon availability. For personal use only.  

Tickets must be collected at the festival ticket booth at Festplassen on the day of the event. Please present your artist pass when collecting the tickets.

Your artist contact at the festival will be happy to assist if you have any questions.


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How can I become a volunteer?

Every year, Bergen International Festival seeks volunteers who can work as artist contacts, administrative assistants, or audience hosts. This is a great way to get an insider's view of the festival! Please see this page for more information.

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When is the programme ready?

The full 2020 programme is now launched, and can be found here Please subscribe to our newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest news.

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Which language is the performance in?

If other languages than Norwegian are used, you’ll find information regarding the performance language on the individual event pages on, and in the programme catalogue.

Introductions to concerts and performances are held in Norwegian, if no other language is stated.

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Can I combine a good meal with attending the Festival?

Festival Restaurants

Our Festival Restaurants are conveniently situated in relation to the festival venues so that our audience might comfortably enjoy a full evening of superb culinary and cultural experiences.

The Festival Restaurants offer excellent food in a wide range of prices and cuisines for you to explore. FiB Fordel members receive a 20% discount on food – and you never know; perhaps there might just be a pop-up festival concert to complement your meal. On each venue page you can find information about which Festival Restaurants are nearby, or you can see the full list of Festival Restaurants here

Refreshments at Festival venues

Several of our venues serve food and drinks during intervals and before and after performances. More information on each venue page.

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How do I get to Bergen and around to the Festival venues?

Travel to Bergen

Find travel options at VisitBergen's website.

Transport to composer's homes

Transport from Bergen city centre to several of the composer's homes are included in your concert ticket. The offer includes concerts in Troldsalen at Troldhaugen, and concerts at Lysøen and Siljustøl. There is no festival transport to the Family Day at Siljustøl. 

More information about transport per concert is available on each concert's programme page

It is also possible to travel to Lysøen by driving to Buena kai and take the museum's boat to Lysøen. This boat ticket is not included in the concert ticket. See for more information. 

Transport to and from other Festival venues

Information on how to get to the different venues is available on our venue pages.

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Where can I find the Festival Administration?

Our visiting address is Vaskerelvsmauet 6, next to Torgallmenningen (map). The entrance is behind the meeting place "Den blå steinen" (The blue stone), in the small street between the restaurants MM and Logehaven. Welcome!

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What should I wear to the Festival?

Previously, many people wore formal attire to attend concerts and performances. You can still dress up if you want, but today it is much more common to see the audience in denim than in a “bunad”. Come as you please - the most important thing is that you feel comfortable.

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When is the Bergen International Festival?

In 2020, the festival is from 20 May to 03 June.

For the coming years:  
26 May - 09 June 2021
25 May - 08 June 2022

In 2020, the Festival takes place from 20 May to 03 June.

Festival dates in upcoming years: 
May 26–09 June 2021
May 25–08 June 2022

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