Photo: Resident artist Dragan Vojvodic "Fight", USF backyard
Bergen is the second largest city in Norway, with approximately 250.000 citizens, and enjoys a rich and concentrated cultural life.
The city is especially known for its vibrant contemporary scene, for which the experimental theatre BIT Teatergarasjen, the art academy Kunsthøgskolen i Bergen, the Grieg Academy of Music, the national contemporary dance company Carte Blanche, the academy of writing Skrivekunstakademiet, the regional art centre HKS and Bergen Electronic Arts Centre BEK are of great importance.
The large amount of artists and students of the arts leads to a lot of smallscale, crossover activity, and together with the abounding musical scene, "Art Bergen" forms its own subculture of defining importance for the city.
The traditional art forms and larger institutions are also heavily represented, with museums, theatres and the symphony orchestra.
In education, Bergen hosts important schools within classical music, jazz, arts and crafts, the humanities and - as mentioned - contemporary art and literature.
The people and activities springing forth from and involving the Bergen art scene are spread around the city. We can only mention a few here. Check out these places of interest:
BEK (Bergen Electronic Arts Centre)
Tag Team, artist run studios and gallery
S12, glass art workshop and gallery
HKS, regional artist run art centre
Borealis, festival for experimental music
Bergen International Theatre, BIT Teatergarasjen
Østre and Lydgalleriet (the sound gallery)
Bergen Assembly, triennale
3,14 International gallery
Bergen at Google maps