Opening concert of Bergen International Arts Festival

  • Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra with chief conductor Edvard Gardner
  • Einar Selvik
  • Mari Eriksmoen
  • Eldbjørg Hemsing
  • Leif Ove Andsnes

Welcome to the grand opening of the 68th Bergen International Festival!

​The Bergen International Festival is an annual celebration of the arts, which has taken place every year since 1953. Though we can’t share the joys of music and the stage in the same physical space this year, we are looking forward to sharing great artistic experiences during the 15 festival days online. This Opening Concert will be hosted by Arild Erikstad from NRK, the Norwegian broadcasting corporation, and the renowned Norwegian soprano Mari Eriksmoen.

The concert features a varied artistic menu, with the festival theme of movement as a starting point, and music from the Festival composer Jörg Widmann, Mozart and Pärt and others. The artists include Wardruna’s Einar Selvik, the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, pianist Leif Ove Andsnes and violinist Eldbjørg Hemsing, to name a few, and you’ll also hear from the royal family and the prime minister of Norway.

Welcome to an extraordinary festival in extraordinary times!