The Bergen International Festival (Festspillene i Bergen) took place this year from May 26th to June 9th. The Festival was established in 1953 and is the largest of its kind in the Nordic countries.
The Bergen International Summit “The Power of Art and Culture in Transformation” was an important component of this year’s Festival. The Summit put art and culture at the centre stage as it highlighted and saluted the innovative and creative nature of the arts; it questioned and debated how these values can function as a resource for interdisciplinary collaboration, social development, collaboration across borders and urban development.
Cities brand and present themselves in various ways. To be a cultural city, even a festival city, associates cities to a vibrant place, a place of well-being and of good quality of life: offering citizens to participate in ‘their’ festivals, and visitors to fall in love with a memorable, unique destination.
On behalf of Cluj Cultural Centre (CCC) and the Art and Well-being project, Rarița Zbranca was invited to take part in ”Festival Cities (a) Live Workshop / Bergen”, in the frame of The Bergen International Summit, to talk about the relevance of culture for well-being and inclusion in cities. Based on the results of the research and on the experience acquired within the Art & Well-being project, the suggestions to bring festivals and cities together around the theme of well-being are to develop strategies together and cross sectoral partnerships between social and cultural sectors, connecting business sector with culture and also documenting how festivals contribute to people’s social connection and emotional state. The event took place online on the 26th and 27th of May.
The recording of the event is available here.
The Festival Cities (a)Live Workshop was organized by the European Festivals Association, in collaboration with the City of Bergen, the Bergen International Festival and the input of the Cities Steering group including the cities of Rotterdam, Bergen, Ljubljana, Edinburgh, Gent, Krakow and Belgrade.