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The Peer Gynt Festival

In the Gudbrandsdalen valley, one hour north of Lillehammer, Henrik Ibsen’s drama "Peer Gynt" is celebrated in one of Norway’s leading cultural festivals.

Drama in the mountains

With the Norwegian mountains as a backdrop, the festival is a nine-day celebration with 35 events, concerts, exhibitions and lectures. The main event of the festival is the theatre production of "Peer Gynt" by lake Gålåvatnet.

The festival is a celebration of Ibsen’s "Peer Gynt" and the historical person Per Gynt, who lived in the Gudbrandsdalen valley. The tales about Per have been told thorugh generations, and these, together with the nature and culture in the valley, is what inspired Henrik Ibsen to write the dramatic poem.

A festival with traditions

The Peer Gynt festival is built on old traditions. In 1928 the first Peer Gynt Festival was held in Vinstra, and volunteers from the valley gathered to create the festival. Ever since then the volunteers have been involved in almost every activity, and they are essential to the success of the Peer Gynt festival.

Peer Gynt at Gålå

The theatre production of Henrik Ibsen’s "Peer Gynt" at Gålå has been a success since 1989, and has gathered some of the best professional actors and musicians in Norway. At the theatre venue by lake Gålåvatnet, the professional theatre meets professional musicians and 80 local amateur actors, and the result is one of the most popular theatre productions in Norway.

The production is well suited for an international audience, with English and German introductions, summary booklets and audio guides.

The mountain concert "by Rondane"

Powerful music meets grand nature when the Peer Gynt festival presents famous artists at the outdoor stage on Kvamsfjellet mountain, overlooking the Rondane National Park.

The concert gathers about 2000 spectators, and is considered one of the highlights of the festival program.

This concert is suitable for an international audience.

The Peer Gynt Art Exhibition

Every year the Peer Gynt Festival holds a new art exhibition. Art painters like Magne Furuholmen, Håkon Gullvåg and Ørnulv Opdahl are among the exhibitors that have previous exhibited at the festival. The exhibition is open every day during the festival, from 11 am to 5 pm.

The Church concert

During the festival you can experience a unique concert in the Sør-Fron church, one of the most beautiful churches in the region. This is an acoustic concert, featuring Norway's most celebrated artists.

The Peer Gynt award

Each year, a prominent Norwegian person is awarded the Peer Gynt statuette. The members of the Norwegian Parliament select the winner. Amongst the winners you can find Her Majesty Queen Sonja of Norway, explorer Thor Heyerdahl and author Jo Nesbø. The winner is celebrated in a ceremony at the festival.

Guided walks

The nature surrounding the festival is easily accessible for hiking. The Norwegian Trekking Association offers guided tours during the festival as a supplement to the cultural events.

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About the Peer Gynt Festival

Learn more about the festival events, and plan your trip to one of Norway’s largest cultural festivals.
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More about Peer Gynt

Find out more about Ibsen’s "Peer Gynt" and the historical Per Gynt that lived in the 17th century.
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Travel with Peer Gynt

Find your way to the Peer Gynt Festival events, and find trips to combine your festival experience with.
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Contact

Get all the information you need to contact the Peer Gynt Festival office all year around.
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