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Peer Gynt Festival in Norway

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The Peer Gynt Festival celebrates this magical play with dance and concert performances, art exhibitions, literature and other artistic events in Gudbrandsdalen, Norway.

The Peer Gynt Festival celebrates this magical play with dance and concert performances, art exhibitions, literature and other artistic events in Gudbrandsdalen, Norway.

Peer Gynt is Norway's national epic, and has its natural place in world literature. Henrik Ibsen’s story about Peer, the impoverished young man, show-off and adventurer has inspired audiences and tugged at their heartstrings the world over. What does it mean to be oneself? With the Gudbrandsdal scenery as a background, and with Edvard Grieg’s music, the outdoor performance of Peer Gynt at Lake Gålå is the nearest you will get to Henrik Ibsen’s “original” Peer Gynt.

The Peer Gynt Festival is an annual event, and is held the first week in August. Its main attraction is an open-air play performed on the spectacular stage by Gålåvatnet. The backdrop is created by nature itself, and 2014 saw the opening of a new play which received rave reviews – also from the younger audience. Although the play is in Norwegian, foreign spectators are given an introduction at the start and a summary in either German or English during the performance.

Peer Gynt for international guests
The Peer Gynt play gives a wonderful experience for all guests. The theme is universal, and accompanied with the best of Norwegian nature, music and acting, it will also engage and entertain international guests. We have a booklet where our guests can follow the drama through text (in English and German) and pictures from the scenes. We recommend that you either read the booklet on beforehand, or take it with you to the play.

Bus transport from Lillehammer and Hafjell. See bus schedule for departure times. Note that booking in beforehand is required (send an email to [email protected]). The departure times can change, depending on how many stops the bus will have to do.

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