European Cultural City

There are many reasons why Bergen was chosen to be one of Europe's cultural cities in the year 2000, and it is no coincidence that people visit the city from the far reaches of the world to soak up the city's cultural life and important history.

The city has fostered many well-known celebrities: the world famous composer Edvard Grieg, the international solo violinist Ole Bull, and composer Harald Saverud to name but a few. Bergen's title of City of Culture for 2000 is evident throughout the city. Renowned for its vibrant and contemporary design and music scene, Bergen has helped cultivate acts such as Ralph Myerz & the Jack Herren Band, Kings of Convenience, R0yksopp, Sondre Lerche and Kurt Nilsen, to name but a few. The city's musical traditions are characterised by the fact that the Bergen Philharmonic w.

Orchestra is the oldest in Europe. Moreover, the Bergen International Festival, the largest annual event in Norway, has placed Bergen well and truly on the world musical map. 3B Norway's first permanent theatre, Den Nationale Scene, was founded in Bergen in 1850.

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