Bente Erichsen

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Bente Erichsen
Bente Erichsen 2014-10-10.jpg
Born (1949-01-07) January 7, 1949 (age 65)
Nationality Norwegian
Known for Director, Nobel Peace Center

Bente Erichsen (born 7 January 1949) is a Norwegian culture director and the current (and inaugural) Director of the Nobel Peace Center.

A former journalist and commercials producer, Erichsen started her career as feature film producer in 1979. By 1998 she had produced 17 features, in addition to directing The Feldmann case (1987) and People and Robbers of Cardemom Town (1988), as well as a number short films. Erichsen was also the founder of the Amanda Award (The Norwegian film award) and a co-founder of Heddaprisen (The Norwegian Theatre Award).[1]

From 1991-1993 Erichsen headed the culture programme of the 1994 Olympic Winter Games in Norway. She was director of Hedmark Theatre from 1993–97 and director of Norway’s National Touring Theatre from 1997-2005. In 2005 she became the first director of the Nobel Peace Center.[1]

Erichsen has held board positions at numerous film and theatre institutions, and since 2006 has been chair of Amnesty International Norway.[2] and The Open Theatre, Oslo.

In addition to writing numerous film scripts, Erichsen is also author of the book Culture collision.


  1. ^ a b "Erichsen, Bente". Store norske leksikon. Kunnskapsforlaget. 2007. 
  2. ^ Børja, Maria (9 November 2006). "Bente Erichsen ny styreleder i Amnesty". Dagbladet (in Norwegian). Retrieved 7 January 2009. 
Cultural offices
Preceded by
Terje Hartviksen
Director of the Riksteatret
Succeeded by
Ellen Horn