I keep my eyes on the major concerts, festivals and other big events happening around Norway so you don’t have to!
Whether you’re a resident of Bergen or planning a trip, check out this guide to make the most of your time.
31 January – 2 February
A must-do for all you whiskey-lovers out there. Hosted at the Grand Terminus Hotel, the festival features lectures and presentations of whiskeys from around the world.
20 – 22 February
A new metal festival in Bergen, with over 40 concerts, exhibitions, a workshop, book launch and more spread over three days. The main venues will be USF Verftet and Garage.
Borealis – Contemporary Music Festival
19 – 23 March
Borealis is a festival for contemporary experimental music and sound art: a meeting place, laboratory and development space for adventurous music and ideas. Although sound and music are at the heart of Borealis, the festival also features talk, cinema, literature and visual arts events, as a way of expanding the conversation about music and its place in our lives. The theme for Borealis 2014 is “alchemy” – ritual, magic and the supernatural.
Bergen City Marathon
For the third year a marathon will be run through the city streets, a great occasion for participants and spectators.
Bergen International Festival
21 May – 4 June
The Bergen International Festival is the largest of its kind in the Nordic countries, with more than 150 events in 15 days. It presents art in all its guises: music, theatre, dance, opera and visual art. The programme for 2014 will be launched on 6 February.
22 – 31 May
The longest jazz festival in Northern Europe welcomes 80 concerts that blur the lines between jazz, rock, ethno and electronica.
Bergen Gay Pride
1 – 8 June
The Rainbow Days festival offers political debates, art shows, concerts, youth-events, film festival, parade and different social events throughout Norway’s second city.
11 – 15 June
Bergenfest has over the years established itself as a modern music festival of both national and international interest. It has been voted “Festival of the Year” by its peers in the Norwegian Rock Festival Council. Robert Plant and Franz Ferdinand feature on this year’s line-up.
The Tall Ships Races
24 – 27 June
For the fourth time, Bergen has the honour of being an official host port and organizer of The Tall Ships Races. Almost 100 of the biggest and most beautiful sailing ships in the world will gather in the harbour, Vågen, with more than 3,000 crew members from more than 30 nations and over 500,000 visitors.
Bergen Food Festival
5 – 7 September
Farm-based food businesses from the counties of Hordaland and Sogn & Fjordane promote their products. The festival is held at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bryggen, the Hanseatic wharf.
26 – 27 September
Stoltzekleiven opp is a tough race up the rough stone stairway from Fjellveien to Sandvikspilen. Are you game? The plans for 2014 will be announced in April/May.
Bergen International Film Festival
24 September – 1 October
BIFF is one of the leading film festivals in Norway, presenting over 100 films from around the globe.
International Edvard Grieg Piano Competition
11 – 18 October
Participants from all over the world will compete in the 14th annual competition at the former home of Norwegian pianist Edvard Grieg.
16 – 25 October
Norway’s only international dance festival, presenting exciting and creative performances from Norway and abroad.
Did I miss anything? Let me know!