Bergen is one of Norway’s most cultural cities. This summer and fall, there is a huge variety of exciting festivals and events taking place. Here is our guide to the highlights.
Find out what is happening among Norwegian and international filmmakers, attend red carpet events, dance the night away to live music, and be entertained by some of the world's funniest people. Bergen city allows you to pick and choose between the exciting festival programs on offer this summer and the subsequent fall. This guide is just a small taste of what's in store.
Enjoy a classic evening at Nattjazz
Nattjazz is one of the most acclaimed jazz festivals in Northern Europe and has been running since the 70s. It’s for anyone who is interested in Jazz, although the program offers many alternative genres of music in additon. The line up this year are a wide range of Norwegian and visiting artists. These include Reggie Watts, Emilie Nicolas, Kari Bremnes, Obra, Ole Paus, Tungtvann and Broen. During ten days, over 65 concerts will take place in USF Verftet. This old sardine factory has been transformed to present four unique stages. The venue offers a special atmosphere to its loyal and new festival goers.
May 28 – June 6 | http://www.nattjazz.no/indexeng.php
Rock the night away at Bergenfest
As summer creeps up on the city between seven hills (as Bergen is commonly known), people are dancing with joy as music fills their hearts. The reason for this is Bergenfest. This annual music festival takes place in Bergenhus Fortress, one of the oldest and best preserved forts in Norway. For four days in June, rock, pop, electronica, hip hop and more will blast out from three stages from national and international artists. This year’s program includes huge Norwegian names such as Siri Nilsen, Team Me, Röyksopp, Kygo and Susanne Sundfør. First Aid Kit, Bastille, Patti Smith and Tori Amos are just some of the international artists who will be performing.
June 11-14 | http://bergenfest.no/visitors-from-abroad/
See world premiers at Bergen International Film Festival
Norway’s biggest film festival kicks off fall every year in Bergen. The varied program is made up of film screenings, red carpet events and parties. With over 150 titles, including feature films and documentaries from Norway and across the globe, the challenge is deciding what to watch. Producers, editors, cinematographers and others involved in the industry are all looking to win one of the much-anticipated awards for their movies at the awards ceremony. Although the main focus is to watch movies, there are also concerts, lectures, workshops and other events at the eight day festival.
September 23-30 | http://www.biff.no/english/
Laugh your socks off at Bergen Comedy Festival
As winter is fast approaching, October brings humor and laughter to the city. Bergen Comedy Festival prepares to entertain residents and visitors alike, attracting much-loved international comedians. Some of the world’s funniest people take to the stage of the widely acclaimed Greig Hall to amuse their audiences. Laughter is the best medicine and this is what you will be doing as you watch Jack Dee, the ultimate representative of British humor. Other UK acts include Whitney Cummings, Al Murray, and Stephen Merchant. If you prefer comedy from the other side of the post, Jim Breuer from the US has been named one of the best 100 stand-up acts of all time by Comedy Central. Find out why as you watch him perform.
October 10-26 | http://bergencomedyfestival.no/ (not available in English)
Whether you want to sing along to your favourite bands, laugh your head off, or watch movie world premiers, this international city should be your first choice. Stay downtown in the heart of the city at the Radisson Blu Hotel Norge, Bergen or the Radisson Royal Hotel, Bergen. Both stylish hotels are situated in prime locations allowing easy access to all the venues no matter which festival you are attending.