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24 May - 07 June 2023

Frequently asked questions

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Is the event sold out? Can I join a wait list?

At sold-out performances where there might be available tickets at a later stage, it's possible to sign up to a waiting list. 

You can find a link to the waiting list under the ticket prices at the program page.

Register and fill in the form.

You will then receive an email from Please click the Confirm button to confirm your registration.

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

Find options for travelling to Bergen VisitBergen's website.

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

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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 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 would like to contact us with a programme proposal, please send an email to

Due to the amount of proposals received, we are unfortunately not able to reply or confirm receipt.

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Do you reimburse purchased tickets if an event is cancelled?

Yes, the festival will reimburse tickets and gift vouchers if the event is cancelled.

You'll be contacted by our ticketing team by e-mail, SMS or phone if an event is cancelled. 

Read more about cancellation and refunds.

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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.

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Do the Festival venues offer refreshments?

Several of our venues, including Grieghallen and Den Nationale Scene, offer refreshments in connection with performances. Kulturhuset and Bergen Kunsthall have a café/restaurant. Some historical venues including Håkonshallen and Bergen Cathedral do not offer refreshments at the venue. Read more about refreshments on the venue pages.  

In addition, there are many good restaurants and cafés close to our venues. 

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Where do I find more information about Bergen International Festival?

Read more about Bergen International Festival here.

When is the festival?

Bergen International Festival usually starts on the first Wednesday after 17 May every year.

In 2023, the Festival will take place from 24 May to 07 June.

Dates for future festivals are:

  • 22 May–05 June 2024
  • 21 May–04 June 2025
  • 27 May–10 June 2026

Where can I find information about previous festivals?

You can find the programmes from previous festivals here.

Where can I find the Festival Administration?

Our visiting address is Vaskerelvsmauet 6, next to Torgallmenningen (map). The entrance is close to the meeting place "Den blå steinen" (The blue stone).

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Why is the 70th anniversary celebrated in 2022 when the Festival's first edition was in 1953?

In 2022, we're celebrating the 70th annual Bergen International Festival. The Festival has traditionally marked the editions, as in 2021 when the 69th Festival was held. In 2022, it's been 69 years since 1953, but since the first edition was held that year, the 70th Festival is held in 2022. In 2023, it'll be 70 years since the first edition, and the 71st Festival will be held.

Read more about the history of the Bergen International Festival here.
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What happened at Bergen International Festival 2020 and 2021?

In 2021, the Bergen International Festival was held with both live audiences in the venue as well as a number of streamed events where the audience could buy digital tickets and watch from home. Watch glimpses of the 2021 festival here.

Bergen International Festival 2020 consisted of 60 events, most of them digital. All the digital events was stramed for free on our website and through many other channels. The events was streamed by people more than one million times. Watch glimpses of the 2020 festival here.

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What happened to the categories Friction, Foundations and Festivities?

The Bergen International Festival is preparing for the 2023 programme launch and working on a minor redecoration of The categories Festivities, Foundations and Friction, which the Festival has used for a long time, have been removed as a part of this.

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Do you have feedback?

If you have some feedback, positve or negative, we are happy to hear from you. Your feedback can contribute to a better festival experience for yourself and others. Please contact us at

In 2023, the Festival will take place from 24 May to 07 June.

Festival dates in upcoming years:

  • 22 May–05 June 2024
  • 21 May–04 June 2025
  • 27 May–10 June 2026


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