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Bergen Events

Borealis Festival

Held each March, the popular Borealis Festival features an exciting programme of live musical performances, theatre and light and sound installations. Everything from soft lyrical performances to the thumping sound of techno are featured at the festival.

Date: 07 March 2018 - 11 March 2018
Venue: Various venues in central Bergen.
Website: http://www.borealisfestival.no
Cost:

Various.


Bergen City Marathon

Annual road race through the streets of Bergen.

Date: 28 April 2018 - 28 April 2018
Website: http://www.bergencitymarathon.no/

Bergen Night Jazz Festival

Known as 'Nattjazz' for short, the Bergen Night Jazz Festival presents more than 60 concerts throughout the May-June season each year. Founded in 1972, the festival retains a strong following, employing a number of venues in the city with many of the performances taking place at the USF Verftet, a former sardine factory converted to concert and exhibition halls with theatre and cinema screen. Each year there are a number of free concerts performed on an outdoor stage in the city centre. The main focus is on modern jazz with a nod to rock, fusion and funk. During Nattjazz the borderlines between jazz, rock, ethno and electronica are explored and often blurred. Most of the talent is home grown but previous artists have included Nucleus Roots from Britain, the John Scofield Quartet, The Bad Plus and Cesaria Evoria. DJ music figures strongly and there is always something for kids.

Date: 25 May 2018 - 02 June 2018
Venue: Various venues in central Bergen.
Website: http://www.nattjazz.no
Cost:

Various.


Bergen International Festival

Founded in 1953, Bergen International Festival presents an impressive cast of prominent international and Norwegian artists in the fields of music, ballet, opera, theatre, dance and other performing arts. More than 120 events take place in late May to early June, a time that often enjoys beautiful spring weather in this part of Norway. The main festival venue is the Grieg Hall (Grieghallen) while the smallest (and most unusual) is Trollofonen - a vintage Skoda trolley bus with seating for just 33 people.

Date: 25 May 2018 - 06 June 2018
Venue: Various venues in central Bergen.
Website: http://www.fib.no/en/
Cost:

Various.


Viking and Medieval Festival (Bjorgvin Marknad)

The Viking age is brought back to life at this popular cultural festival that sees mock battles, markets, authentic food and drink stalls and cultural re-enactments from the Viking and medieval period. Visitors also have the chance to test their skills with a bow and arrow at the archery range. In addition to the many activities and stalls, there are also a number of live demonstrations and lectures that help visitors to understand more about this period in history.

Date: 01 June 2018 - 30 June 2018
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Mount Floyen.
Website: http://www.bjorgvinmarknad.no
Cost:

Free (but donations are encouraged).


Bergenfest

Open air and club festival in the city centre of Bergen. Open air shows take place in the city's medieval fortress and castle located in the city’s historic centre. Indoor shows take place at venues (clubs and theatres) across town.

Date: 13 June 2018 - 16 June 2018
Venue: Various venues.
Website: http://www.bergenfest.no

Bergen Food Festival

Dedicated to the wonderful world of food, this annual event draws large crowds of food enthusiasts who are all keen to sample some of the many delectable treats on display. During this weekend festival, chefs, restaurants and food producers try to tempt visitors with their sumptuous specialities. Street entertainers mill among the crowds providing a distraction from the food displays.

Date: 21 August 2018 - 02 September 2018
Venue: Bergen Harbour.
Website: http://matfest.no
Cost:

Free.


Raptus Bergen Comic Festival

First held in 1995, the annual Raptus Bergen Comic Festival is the biggest event of its kind in the country. Visitors to the event can expect rows and rows of stalls selling comic book classics as well as newer creations. It also provides a chance to learn from the masters at a series of lectures and seminars hosted by some of the world's most celebrated comic writers and cartoonists. There is a great social atmosphere and the night before the festival officially opens there is the now infamous 'will draw for drink' night hosted at one of the local pubs.

Date: 14 September 2018 - 16 September 2018
Venue: Torgallmenningen.
Website: http://raptus6.wixsite.com/raptus
Cost:

Various.


Bergen International Film Festival

With a bursting programme of over 100 titles including fiction features and documentary films, this annual festival draws passionate crowds of moviegoers and film aficionados. There is a good mix of Norwegian films screened alongside international entries and there are also a number of awards for winning filmmakers and directors.

Date: 26 September 2018 - 04 October 2018
Venue: Various venues in Bergen.
Website: http://www.biff.no
Cost:

Various.


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