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22 May - 5 June 2024

Opening ceremony

Festival square

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​Welcome to the opening of the 72nd Bergen International Festival!

The 2024 Bergen International Festival begins with a large free event at Torgallmenningen, which has been renamed the Festival square (Festallmenningen) for the occasion.

The opening ceremony marks the beginning of 15 days of diverse experiences for thousands of people both on, in front of and behind the stage. Inspired by Mahler's Symphony No. 8 – also called the "Symphony of a Thousand" – the opening ceremony will present many voices and collaborators. The day's programme includes artistic elements and speeches, with more details to be announced during the spring.

The guest list includes you, the prime minister, the mayor, school pupils, pensioners, artists of all kinds – and the entire city of Bergen and the surrounding area!

Photo: Thor Brødreskift

  • Music
  • Outside
  • Family
  • Free



​1 h

Recommended age



Performed in Norwegian​



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