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Frequently asked questions

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Where can I find information about the events of the 2022 festival?

You can read about this year's events on the programme overview page

A digital catalogue will be published 30 March, and the Norwegian printed version will be available in Bergen shortly after Easter.

Stay updated on programme launches by subscribing to our newsletter, or follow our Facebook page.

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Why is the 70th anniversary celebrated in 2022 when the Festival's first edition was in 1953?

In 2022, we're celebrating the 70th annual Bergen International Festival. The Festival has traditionally marked the editions, as in 2021 when the 69th Festival was held. In 2022, it's been 69 years since 1953, but since the first edition was held that year, the 70th Festival is held in 2022. In 2023, it'll be 70 years since the first edition, and the 71st Festival will be held.

Read more about the history of the Bergen International Festival here.
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Where can I find the programme catalogue?

A digital catalogue in Norwegian will be published 30 March. A full overview of launched events with information in English is always available on

A printed catalogue in Norwegian will be available shortly after Easter many places in and around the Bergen city centre: the Den Nationale Scene ticket office, the tourist information, Bergen public library and at a number of restaurants and cafés.

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How do I get to Bergen and around to the Festival venues?

Travel to Bergen

Find travel options at VisitBergen's website.

Transport to composer's homes and other venues

Previous years Bergen International Festival has offered transport to the composer's homes Troldhaugen, Lysøen and Siljustøl. Because of the corona pandemic this will not be offered in 2021.

Information on how to get to the different venues is available on our venue pages.

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How can I be a performer at the Bergen International Festival?

Artists performing at the Bergen International Festival have been invited by the Festival. The planning of each year’s Festival – 15 days of concerts and performances by the world’s leading artists within classical music, theatre, opera and dance – is an ongoing process. Projects and programmes are often developed with companies and individual artists several years in advance.

If you think that you or your company has an exciting programme to offer, that the Bergen International Festival is missing, then send an email to or send the information to Festspillene i Bergen, Postboks 183 Sentrum, 5804 Bergen, Norway.

We receive a lot of information, and unfortunately do not have the opportunity to confirm receipt or return material.

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Which language is the performance in?

If other languages than Norwegian are used, you’ll find information regarding the performance language on the individual event pages on, and in the programme catalogue.

Introductions to concerts and performances are held in Norwegian, if no other language is stated.

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Can I combine a good meal with attending the Festival?

Festival Restaurants

The Bergen International Festival collaborates with selected restaurants near our venues. 

See more information about the Festival Restaurants of 2022 here

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Where do I find more information about Bergen International Festival?

Read more about Bergen International Festival here.

When is the festival?

Bergen International Festival usually starts on the first Wednesday after 19 May every year.

In 2022, the Festival will take place from 25 May to 08 June.

Dates for future festivals are:

  • 24 May–07 June 2023
  • 22 May–05 June 2024
  • 21 May–04 June 2025
  • 27 May–10 June 2026

Where can I find information about previous festivals?

You can find the programmes from previous festivals here.

Where can I find the Festival Administration?

Our visiting address is Vaskerelvsmauet 6, next to Torgallmenningen (map). The entrance is behind the meeting place "Den blå steinen" (The blue stone), in the small street between the restaurants MM and Logehaven. Welcome!

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What happened at Bergen International Festival 2020 and 2021?

In 2021, the Bergen International Festival was held with both live audiences in the venue as well as a number of streamed events where the audience could buy digital tickets and watch from home. Watch glimpses of the 2021 festival here.

Bergen International Festival 2020 consisted of 60 events, most of them digital. All the digital events was stramed for free on our website and through many other channels. The events was streamed by people more than one million times. Watch glimpses of the 2020 festival here.

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Do you have feedback?

If you have some feedback, positve or negative, we are happy to hear from you. Your feedback can contribute to a better festival experience for yourself and others. Contact us at:

In 2023, the Festival will take place from 24 May to 07 June.

Festival dates in upcoming years:

  • 22 May–05 June 2024
  • 21 May–04 June 2025
  • 27 May–10 June 2026


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