Festivals in Bergen, Norway. Every year there are around 60 different festivals and major concerts in Bergen. Bergen International Festival is the largest and is held every year in late May / early June. Bergen International Festival is a diverse art celebration with dance and theater performances, concerts in all sorts of genres and an extensive program. In 15 festival days the city introduce a state of emergency with over 150 events both inside and outdoors.
Bergenfest is Western Norway’s largest music festival that takes place in beautiful surroundings at Bergenhus Castle, the tip of Bryggen. During a 4-5 day period in mid-June each year offers the festival Bergenfest the very best of international and Norwegian artists in a delightful mixture of genres.
“There are few international events that can top the Festival of diversity, quality and transparency. You do not need to seek out the world when it comes to Bergen,” wrote Aftenposten after Festpillene in 2010.
Among cultural events, Bergen highlights music in all its styles. Throughout the year it is possible to enjoy excellent concerts in Grieghallen, a concert hall named after the famous composer and pianist born in Bergen Edvard Grieg.
It is also possible to approach other styles during the numerous music festivals held annually in the city. The International Guitar Festival (June), Lost Weekend or Hole in the Sky (August) are some examples, although the most prominent is undoubtedly the Bergen International Festival (between May and June).
Do not forget other events such as the Comic Festival and the Food Festival (September) and the Bergen International Film Festival (October)
Bergenfest Rock Festival
Bergenfest is a four-day open-air festival held in the city centre of Bergen. The festival takes place on the grounds of a medieval fortress and castle, located on the quayside in the city’s historic centre.
A variety of genres are represented, from straight forward pop and rock via blues, country, americana and electronic-based music to the more obscure and adventurous ones. Previous acts at the festival include Robert Plant, John Mayer, ZZ Top, Biffy Clyro, Imagine Dragons and Lana Del Rey to name a few.
Bergenfest has received standing ovations from the press, and has established itself as a modern music festival of both national and international interest. In 2000, Bergenfest, then named Ole Blues Festival, was voted “Festival of the Year” by its peers in the Norwegian Rock Festival Council. The festival has also received the price of honour from Bergen Tourist Board in 2001, “for excellent marketing of Bergen”.
Video Bergenfest Rock Festival
Contact Information Bergenfest Rock Festival
Phone: +47 55215060
Traditional Norwegian culture and life, several dates between May and August. Fana Folklore is a annual summer event that started in 1957 after plans of Signy Eikeland. The program carried out several nights a week, includes a concert in Fana Church and subsequent gathering with serving of rustic food and display of folk music and song in Western Norwegian style and frame. Fana Folklore used in the first seasons Skytterhuset the uprights to the event, but has since 1960 had a special building on Ramberstunet.
Contact Information Fana Folklore
Phone: +47 55 91 52 40
Address: Fanafjellsvegen 60,
Night Jazz Festival
Night Jazz Festival is held in late May. The musical profile is wide-ranging, from traditional jazz to what is often referred to as world music. If a categorization is required is modern jazz in the intersection between jazz, rock, electronica, perhaps most descriptive. In jazz tradition is especially bebop, hard bop, jazz rock and funk presented in addition to a strong focus on Norwegian and European free jazz. Presents music both for those who want to enjoy themselves with familiar material and those who want to challenge their own prejudices or expand the musical horizon.
Contact Information Night Jazz Festival
Phone: +47 55 30 72 50
Address: Georgernes Verft 12, inngang D (under klokken)
Constitution Day, May 17
Norwegians of all ages participate in the national holiday. Students who are in their senior year participate actively in the celebrations. These students are called “russ” and they are also dressed in typical red and blue colors and organize parties and events throughout the month. They have their own parades, and include buses and vans that enliven their music. Each of them carries a personal card called “russekort” which includes some jokes.
Processions are also organized in Bergen. The main one leaves from Torgallmenningen and ends in Festplassen, crossing all the historical center. Numerous activities, concerts and fireworks are held in this town, as well as a famous rowing competition in Vågen.
Video of Norwegian Constitution Day in Bergen
Gay Pride Day
May – June parade throughout the city. Rainbow Days in Bergen is Norway’s second largest visibility festival for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people. The festival takes place June 4 and lasts until 11 June.
During the week the festival offers concerts, debates, lectures, parties, quizzes, film screenings and of course parade!
Video Gay Pride in Bergen
Bergen International Festival
The Bergen International Festival (Festspillene i Bergen) was established in 1953 and is the largest of its kind in the Nordic countries. It is the longest standing and the foremost music and theatre festival in Norway. The Bergen International Festival presents art in all its guises: music, theatre, dance, opera and visual art. In 2017 the festival takes place from 24 May to 07 June.
The Festival dates in the upcoming years are:
23 May–06 June 2018
22 May–05 June 2019
Contact Informatrion Bergen International Festival
Phone: 55 21 06 30
Address: Vaskerelvsmauet 6,
Dragon Boat Festival
The festival day begins with a spectacle so imaginative extraordinary show. Happy people with costumes, slogans, songs, and funny effects with fun themes, juggling through city streets. On the water 12 paddlers at a time in long dragon boats. Two or three or four boats alongside each other. Competitors crushed and the audience charmed. Glory, shows and fun. Festival day ends with rankings of the best show, profiling, costumes and Show Awards, and the Dragebåtmester Grand Finale, but participants and spectators rejoice in the memories for a long time after the actual day is history.
Contact Information Dragon Boat Festival
Address: Torget – Bryggen,
Bergen International Film Festival
Late October, in the city center, the Bergen International Film Festival annually presents over 150 documentary and fiction films, and with this scope the biggest film festival in Norway. Biff’s always a dedicated focus on documentaries, but a wide variety of feature films will also be presented.
Here you will find an overview of this year’s festival venues:
Most views takes place at Bergen Kino Magnus Barefoot Cinema Centre, and three views in the largest hall Konsertpaleet, KP1. This year, will be use both the Cinematheque, Røkeriet and view room at USF. On The Academic Quarter you will find the theater Tivoli, as well as venues for Student Society debates. This year there will also be screenings at Victoria Cafe & Pub, Chillout Travel Centre and Nobel Bopel. Scandic Bergen City is a festival hotel.
Contact Information Bergen International Film Festival
Phone: +47 55 30 08 40
Address: Georgernes verft 12,
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