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The festival programme 2023 is ready!

100 authors from over 20 countries meet when LitFestBergen takes place for the fifth time.

Some of the Norwegian names we can mention are: Per Petterson, Matias Faldbakken, Monica Isakstuen, Kathrine Nedrejord, Øyvind Rimbereid, Brynjulf Jung Tjønn, Kjartan Hatløy, Ingeborg Senneset, Alfred Fidjestøl, Anne Bitsch, Thomas Seltzer.

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Rage and Rebellion

  • We look at the war in the Ukraine from two neighbouring countries. Tatiana Tibuleac is from Moldova and Valzhyna Mort is from Belarus.
  • The Rastafarian poet, public speaker and radio host Mutabaruka from Jamaica will speak about rage as a creative driving force.
  • We will have a look at how rage can help focus your research field. American Nimmi Gowinrathan writes about female guerrilla fighters. She will meet Ethiopian author Maaza Mengiste in conversation with moderator Cecille Hellestveit.
  • To discuss literature and freedom in the Middle East, are Mai Al-Nakib from Kuwait, Ece Temelkuran from Turkey and Asieh Amini from Iran/Norway.
  • The British historian Alex von Tunzelmann discusses the growth and decline of statues with Michelle Tisdel from the National Library.
  • Jonas Bals discusses the history of striking in Norway with Mímir Kristjánsson.
  • In Verda på laurdag (World on Saturday) Tarjei SkirbekkMah-Rukh Aliand Halvor Tjønn discusses whether the world is tired of democracy. Kjersti Løken Stavrum will lead the conversation.


Rage and Prison

LitFestBergen, in collaboration with Bjørgvin and Bergen prison, has a project where inmates write texts about rage. We will present some of these.


Rage and Poetry

We have the biggest poetry programme this time at the festival. 10 poets meet at the Poetic Punk Gala and, we ask What is Poetry? with among others the British poet Alice Oswald.

Rage and Football

There is no doubt that football inspires rage in many ways, and the festival will delve into the fight between Manchester and Liverpool in a conversation with British journalists led by Øyvind Alsaker, as well as in the larger issues of corruption, human trafficking, power and powerlessness with, among others, Nils Henrik Smith. 

Rage and Music

We will look at the rage in music with Thomas Seltzer (who will speak about America), we will experience the opposite of aggression with poet Kjartan Hatløy and musician Arve Henriksen.


Bergen rage:

  • Lars Fr. Svendsen will speak about what rage is.
  • We replace Critical Quartet with Choleric Quartet
  • And we ask: Do you have a Bergen rage of your own? Debate with Morten Hammerborg, Alfred Fidjestøl and Preben Jordal.


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