Bergen International Festival
Bergen International Festival was established in 1953 and is the oldest and most important festival of music, dance, theater, opera and the arts in Norway. Since its inception, it has evolved and taken a central position in the northern European art scene with a large number of world premieres and performances having taken place at this event. The festival is an absolute must if you have a passion for the arts and culture.
A festival for the peopleThe annual Bergen International Festival takes place on the last weekend in May and the first weekend in June and lasts for 15 days. The schedule includes over 200 events as the city joins together in this festival of the people. The various performances and concerts take place in a selection of venues across the city including Den Nationale Scene, Ole Bull Scene, the Cathedral and Grieg Hall.
Long traditionsThe original idea of holding Bergen International Festival came from the Norwegian opera singer, Fanny Elstad, who wanted to create an event based on the same model as the Salzburg Festival. Initially, the focus was music but over the years has evolved into a wonderful interplay between music, theater and culture. There are many traditional events that take place each year but the highlight is the much-anticipated annual tribute to Edvard Grieg (1843-1907), Bergen’s own composer and pianist.
The Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Bergen is located in the heart of the city close to the different venues making it the perfect place to stay during the city’s largest celebration of the arts.