Bergen International Festival

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Bergen International Festival
Festspillene i Bergen
Status Active
Genre Festival
Date(s) Annually May–June
Begins 27 May 2015
Ends 10 June 2015
Frequency Annually
Location(s) Bergen
Country Norway
Years active 1953–
Inaugurated Founded 1952
Patron(s) HRH King Harald V of Norway
Troldhaugen, Edvard Grieg's home. (Photo by Andreas Sandberg)
Grieghallen. (Photo by Nina Aldin Thune)

Bergen International Festival (Norwegian: Festspillene i Bergen) is an annual international music and cultural festival in Bergen, Norway.[1] The festival is the largest in the Nordic countries in its genre and has a large number of activities in music, dance, literature, visual arts, folklore etc. The festival is held over fourteen days from the end of May to the start of June and is located in numerous places like the Grieg Hall, Haakon's Hall, Troldhaugen, Lysøen, Siljustøl as well as streets and town squares of Bergen. In the same time span the International Jazz Festival, Nattjazz, takes place in Bergen.

The first festival that started on 1 June 1953 was inspired by Edvard Grieg's Music Festival in Bergen from 1898.[citation needed] The original festival director was Frank Meidell Falch from 1951 to 1957.[2] Christen Gran Bøgh, who died in 1955, also played a major role in the festival's first edition.[3]

Grieg’s concerto in A minor[edit]

Edvard Grieg’s piano concerto in A minor is often called the signature work of the Festival, and has been performed at almost every Festival since 1953. Here are all the soloists:


  1. ^ "Festspillene i Bergen". Store norske leksikon. Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 2009-05-29. 
  2. ^ "Jubilanter". Aftenposten (in Norwegian). 11 August 2000. p. 20. 
  3. ^ Hartvedt, Gunnar Hagen (2000). "Christen Gran Bøgh". In Helle, Knut. Norsk biografisk leksikon (in Norwegian) 2. Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 23 March 2009. 

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