As the Chairman of the Bergen International Festival, Magne has been heavily involved with organization and ceremonial functions for the festival this spring.

The Bergen International Festival (Festspillene i Bergen) was established in 1953 and is the largest of its kind in the Nordic countries. It is the longest standing and the foremost music and theatre festival in Norway. Each year some 250 events are staged in the course of 15 days in 20 venues, including the homes of Edvard Grieg and Ole Bull.

The festival opened on Wednesday with a special outdoor celebration attended by Queen Sonja and the Prime Minister of Norway, who were welcomed and escorted by Magne:

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You can watch the opening ceremony and find the entire festival program here: http://www.fib.no/apning16live

Magne is also participating in the festival as a performer on June 3, when Apparatjik, in collaboration with Void and Mexican artists Laura Andersen Barbata and Concha Buika, present a staged concert production to honor Julia Pastrana both as an individual and an artist.

The production is called ‘Day of the Dead’ and tickets are available here.


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