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Bergen International Festival

Music, dance, opera, experimental performance, circus and free concerts - all of this and more is on offer at Bergen's International Festival! Held at the end of May each year over 15 days, the festival is the premiere northern European arts festival, with over 250 events from local and international artists at 20 different venues.

Bergen is one of the old Viking towns of Norway and fascinating at any time of year. The old port of Bryggen is UNESCO World Heritage listed and a look into the past centuries of prosperous trading that Bergen has experienced, with colourful wooden trade guilds and old ships aplenty.

From the 24th of May to the 7th of June, Bergen city will declare a state of emergency as the city comes alive for the annual International Festival, showcasing art in all its guises.

With over 100, 000 visitors each year, the festival gives priority to new music and the premieres of productions, commissioning new and exciting work each year. Their aim is to challenge our perspectives and our understanding of art and to engage everybody, no matter their age.

The program features three categories of events, catering for all tastes:

  • Festivities: entertainment and surprises - engage your head, heart and feet, great for all ages.
  • Foundations: appreciate the classical artistic traditions from huge concerts to intimate household gatherings - everyone coming together in an appreciation of art.
  • Friction: experimentation and new technology - challenging the artistic traditions and widening our horizons.

Visit for a day or stay for the whole time - tickets are available online. There is a Festival Card available for purchase which will give you 40% off on tickets (purchased before 16 March, after this date it will be 30% off) as well as discounts at festival restaurants and reserved seats at free concerts.

Better yet, incorporate a trip to Bergen in a Bentours ready- or tailor-made itinerary of Norway. How about Norway in a Nutshell from Oslo to Bergen through fjords and snow-capped mountains? Or take a trip up the Norwegian coast with Hurtigruten, calling in at the Bergen port.

Don't worry if you can't make it this year - the festival will be held from the 23rd of May to the 6th of June in 2018 and there is plenty of time for us to get planning your itinerary!