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The Bergen International Festival (Festspillene i Bergen) was established in 1953 and  is the largest of its kind in the Nordic countries.

In 2017 the festival takes place from 24 May to 7 June. The festival is under the Patronage of His Majesty King Harald V.

We want to invite, inspire and challenge a large local and visiting audience. During the 15 days of the festival we declare a state of emergency in the city. With our partners in and outside Bergen, we offer music, theatre, dance – and much more – that reflect our lives and dreams and has unexpected effects on the way we perceive the world.

This year we have created new guides for the colourful, vast landscape that is the festival programme. We believe it has something for every taste and occasion, and by arranging the events under the three terms Diversions, Dialogues and Disturbances, we hope to make it easier to find what you are looking for.

Entertainment and surprises. For young and old. Playful scenes in the streets and events at new and familiar venues broad appeal. Experiences for your head, heart and feet.

The best of the best in the classical art tradition. Tradition and renewal, depth and reflection. Performances and concerts with a history.

Reckless and shrewd, experimenting and exploring. New technology and boundless artistic landscapes.

Contemporary music
Performance Art
Events also for children and young people