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Royal Family opens Bergen International Festival. Successful kick-off, despite the weather. The 58th Bergen International Festival (Festspillene) is now underway. Yesterday’s opening by HRH King Harald, the festival’s Patron, took place outside near Bergenhus Fortress (Bergenhusfesting), a new concept this year. “Being able to open the festival in these beautiful, historic surroundings – with so many great and small present – gives a new dimension to the festival,” said the King.

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Royal Family opens Bergen International Festival

Published on Thursday, 27th May, 2010 at 10:08 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Successful kick-off, despite the weather.

Kongetribunen,opening, bergen festival
Kongetribunen,opening, bergen festival
Photo: Magnus Skrede


The 58th Bergen International Festival (Festspillene) is now underway. Yesterday’s opening by HRH King Harald, the festival’s Patron, took place outside near Bergenhus Fortress (Bergenhusfesting), a new concept this year.

“Being able to open the festival in these beautiful, historic surroundings – with so many great and small present – gives a new dimension to the festival,” said the King.

HRH continued by underlining the event’s importance as an international meeting place, as well as an arena offering experiences slightly out of the ordinary.

“Bergen has become a meeting place for interesting stage artists and major music stars. It gives the public the opportunity to hear something that is otherwise rare, for example all of Bach’s Brandenburg concertos, or the complete cello suites in one evening. The festival should counterbalance the predictable,” he said, protected from the elements by an overhead awning.

The city is also famous for its weather. The 4,000 or so members of the public who’d arrived to hear the King speak weren’t disappointed, and were treated to a mixture of rain, hail, and the occasional glimpse of sun.

Yesterday’s event was organised as a 360-degree concept with one traditional stage, but with artistic contributions from various surrounding positions.

Other highlights were parachutists, the Frikar Dance Company – famed for its collaboration with last year’s Eurovision Song Contest winner Alexander Rybak – performed airy pas de deux on walls, and music played by the military’s Vestlandet band.

HRH Queen Sonja, and Defence Minister Grete Faremo were also amongst those in attendance.



Published on Thursday, 27th May, 2010 at 10:08 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: king, harald, queen, sonja, hrh, royal, family, norway, bergen, international, festival, opening, festspillene.





  
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