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Nordvegen - A musical journey from past to present

Norwegian composers Ivar Bjørnson & Einar Selvik’s Skuggsjá created a work solidly rooted in our Norse past for 2017's Bergen International Festival. Now, in 2018, the award-winning musicians continue their musical journey along Nordvegen, the shipping route from which Norway got its name. 

In various small places in Western Norway of longstanding history and strong connection to the sea, the music is performed in atmospheric and intimate concerts, expressing millennia-old traditions and ideas still resonating with people today.

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It will be a journey through sun, rain and mist - and the human mind through the ages
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A map of the Nordvegen journey
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Ullensvang

Hotel Ullensvang was the venue for the very first Nordvegen concert, and both hotel guests, locals and reviewers were mesmerized by the concert series first world premiere in stunning surroundings. 

Photo: Helge Skodvin
Photo: Helge Skodvin

Bekkjarvik

Bekkjarvik: The old harbour, a centuries-old landmark and destination for trade and travel, hosted the second concert of Nordvegen. Looking up on the four Viking burial mounds on the top of Kongsfjellet, Bekkjarvik provided the best surroundings for the concert, drawing on history, scenery and culinary experiences.

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The event started with a historic walk up to Kongsfjellet and the old burial mounds to see and learn about the origin and history of these iconic landmarks.
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Bekkjarvik provided the second of three Nordvegen-concerts leading up to the commissioned work Hugsjá, which will receive its world premiere in Grieghallen on Wednesday 31 May. Inside the Henggjo, Ivar and Einar performed their music, while elaborating on the rich history of Bekkjarvik, Nordvegen and the people of fjords. Expanding on this was dr.phil. Bergsveinn Birgirsson, the author of Den Svarte Viking

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Nordvegen Os Foto Anita Vedå
Nordvegen Os Foto Anita Vedå

Moster

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