Bergen International Festival 2019 English catalogue FiB Katalog EN 2019 lowres single pages - Page 3

PRE FACE B ER G EN I N T ER N AT I ON AL FEST I VAL 2019 00 3 Art as Collective Dreaming For almost seven decades, the Bergen International Festival has set human minds in motion with art's wild and sprawling dream- scapes. Art is the way in which society dreams. Through music, theatre and dance, the Festival has celebrated and rattled the city, and sought new answers to old questions. Welcome to the 2019 Bergen International Festival! We are such stuff As dreams are made on; and our little life Is rounded with a sleep. – From THE TEMPEST by William Shakespeare, When Bergen is dressed in the green delight of May, the best artists from Norway and abroad arrive, standing shoulder to shoulder to celebrate spring and the blossoming life of festive-minded locals and international guests. The Festival and Bergen are situated in the most dynamic region of the country, with incredible nature as a dramatic and beautiful backdrop for all activities. The Festival wishes to make a mark on the city and create lasting experi- ences by letting daily life take a break, instead offering adventurous dream rooms where one can breathe fresh air and think new thoughts. Anders Beyer Festival Director The Bergen International Festival is proud evidence of the social power and transforma- tive potential of being able to dream together, publicly and consciously. We expand horizons and inspire strong emotional unfolding. With this year's Festival theme of longing, we invite everyone, large and small, old and young, to dream with us, and I wish you will join us and share your hopes, ideas and your longing for a better future on this planet. Come along and go explore the great Festival programme, which is categorised into Foundations, Friction and Festivities. WWW.FI B.N O/EN 00 3