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Bergen International Jazz Festival
Agbaland Nattjazz 2015.jpg
Agbaland at Nattjazz May 30, 2015.
Status Active
Genre Jazz Festival
Date(s) May - June
Begins 26 May 2016 (2016-05-26)
Ends 4 June 2016 (2016-06-04)
Frequency Annually
Location(s) Verftet, Bergen
Country Norway
Years active 1972 - present
Inaugurated Founded 1971

Bergen International Jazz Festival or Nattjazz, is one of the largest jazz festivals of Norway. The festival has a musical profile with an emphasis on ethnic and contemporary jazz. It is held annually in late May, coinciding with Festspillene i Bergen, and is located at Verftet in Bergen.[1]


The festival was arranged for the first time in 1972 at Håndverkeren in Bergen (now closed). It moved to Studentsenteret in 1978 (now demolished and rebuilt), and eventually to USF Verftet in 1994. In 2012 Nattjazz was held in different localities in Vågsbunnen because of the reconstructions of USF Verftet.[2]

During the course of the festival most concerts are held indoors but occasionally there are outdoor concerts too. The festival has also from time to time collaborations with e.g. Festspillene i Bergen in Grieghallen. Inside the USF Verftet there have been concerts on four different stages and the public bought admission to the house, not to individual concerts. The four scenes that were in use varied in capacity from about 70 to 700 people. Some rooms were set up with seating, others primarily with people standing. In addition, it was adapted to include areas where the public could relax and watch what happened at the various stages using internal channels. There were normally several artists on every stage in the course of an evening. This scheme was followed in 2012, although the stages were in different localities. Future plans are to re-establish the USF Verftet as the main location for events at the festival.[3]

Selected artists[edit]

Selected bands and artists 2012 - 2015

Nattjazzprisen or Hansaprisen[edit]

Nattjazzprisen or Hansaprisen – verdt å vente på (Hansa Prize – well worth the wait) was established in 2005 by the jazz festival Nattjazz in Bergen, Norway in collaboration with Hansa Borg Bryggerier. The prize worth NKR 50 000 is awarded annually under the Nattjazz i Bergen and is given to an artist the jury believes has international qualities and the potential for international success.

The following musicians have been awarded the Hansaprisen:

Vital/Nattjazz talent award


  1. ^ "Nattjazz Festival". 
  2. ^ "Nattjazz". Directory Retrieved 2015-04-24. 
  3. ^ "Framgang for Nattjazz" (in Norwegian). Norsk Musikkinformasjon Retrieved 2015-04-24. 

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