The Ibsen Festival is one of the theatre world's most important places to meet, and this year's festival sees a number of prominent guests from the Norwegian and international theatre. Seminars with scholars, artists and audiences are arranged throughout the festival.



Artistic surprises by actors and musicians – stunting Ibsen in their own way!

Artist talk

Perhaps you would love to discuss the evening's performance or ask the director a few questions? During the Ibsen Festival you have your chance – often! After the performance, you can join an informal chat with the director and actors in the festival bar. Enjoy a drink while gaining even more from the evening.


Marianne Heske is the festival Ibsen-artist 2016. Her videopaintings from the series Mountains of the Mind pictures the same mountain landscapes where Henrik Ibsen gained his inspiration from when writing Brand, Rosmersholm and Peer Gynt

Ibsen for kids

Let the children get to know Ibsen! Fun and playful activities for the children – while the grown ups can enjoy their coffee and cakes in the festival café.




Guided tours

Guided tours in In Ibsen's own theatre every day throughout the festival. 

In english.  

Festival bar

With its plush sofas and marble sculptures, the Ibsen Festival's own bar is a little unusual. Enjoy a drink before the performance or continue the festival evening afterwards. And gaze out at the University, the Storting and the bustle of the city from the best balcony in town.


Book Launch

A Global Doll’s House: Ibsen and Distant Visions. 

This book addresses a deceptively simple question: What accounts for the global success of A Doll’s House, Henrik Ibsen’s most popular play? 



The festival introductions are great opportunites to get into the mood and gain a little extra insight before you take your seat in the theatre. All the presentations are free. 



Anne Grosvold 

Ibsen-edition of the popular consept Grosvold meetings. See the well known journalist Anne Grosvold interviewing famous artistic profiles saturday September 17. 

Theatre quiz

Expert quizmasters offer fun, surprising and challenging theatrical and cultual questions in an informal setting. Apart from the prestige, there are some great prizes to gladden the hearts of theatre lovers!



At the Ibsen museum

Four nights of Ibsen talks with critical reflection around  Peer GyntWild DuckAn enemy of the people, John Gabriel Borkman and Brand.

Guided tours with discount if you're part of the festival!