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22 May - 5 June 2024

Drop-in Concerts

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​50 years of music from the artists of tomorrow.

The Drop-in concerts have been a staple of the Bergen International Festival programme for half a century. The concert series with students from the Grieg Academy is a dear tradition which provides an opportunity to get to know artists who will influence the Norwegian music scene in years to come. At these daytime performances it's Bergens most skilled music students who take the stage in Spissen in Grieghallen below the iconic light installation.  

Professional artists who have given Drop-in concerts include soprano Lise Davidsen, cellist Amalie Stalheim and pianist Kei Solvang.  

These short daytime concerts explore a wide selection of music. The programmes are mainly classical, but several of the students choose other genres and styles – from classical works to contemporary music, and even new works composed by the students themselves. The concerts are held in a relaxed setting, where the students and teachers often play together.  

The first Drop-in concert was held in Permanenten on 24 May 1974. The 50th anniversary will be duly marked over three days, with longer performances Thursday 23 May and Friday 24 May. On Saturday 25 May there will be music throughout the afternoon. There may even be some distinguished surprise guests from Drop-in concert's history.  

Programme details for all concerts will be available at in May. 

Photo: Thor Brødreskift


​In connection with the anniversary there will be longer concerts Thursday 23 and Friday 24 May. Saturday 25 May there will be held concerts from 14:00–19:00 with breaks inbetween. All concerts have the same ticket price.

See also students from the Grieg Academy in Young ensembles at the Festival square Tuesday 28 May.

  • Music


  • Grieghallen
    Accessible with wheelchair Designed for hearing impaired The venue has serving

Time Schedule

Thursday 23 May at 14:00
Duration: 1 h 15 min

Friday 24 May at 14:00
Duration: 1 h 15 min

Saturday 25 May at 14:00
Duration: 5 h

Monday 27 May, Thursday 30 May–Wednesday 5 June
Duration: 45 min


​Standard: 50

Five optional concerts: 150

Ticket bundles with five optional concerts can be purchased in the ticket booth at Torgallmenningen from Monday 20 May, or at the entrance before each Drop-in concert.

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In collaboration with

​The Grieg Academy – Department of Music, University of Bergen


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