About the festival
Bjergsted Guitar Festival (BGF) was established in 2011 as a non-profit organization. BGF organizes educational and artistic projects for youth in Rogaland with guitar music as a general theme. The festival is arranged in simultaneously in several municipalities in the county, with a large degree of integration of the program at cultural and educational institutions throughout the region.
The organization collaborates with other regional, national and international actors. We aim to further develop a sustainable festival with internationally renowned guitarists who provide concerts, master classes, and workshops. The target audience is guitarists of all ages at seminars and master classes, and the general public at the concerts. We collaborate with several municipalities in Rogaland to develop projects relevant for cultural schools, art high-schools and other cultural and educational institutions.
Stylistically, the festival will vary its content from year to year. In 2018, Bjergsted Guitar Festival is proud to announce the participation of giants such as Mike Stern with Jan Gunnar Hoff Quartet, Margarita Escarpa, Guitar Duo KM and two young guitarists from Stavanger, Kristina Vårlid and Tormund Blikra Vea. We focus on guitar music and invite other instrumentalists to join the festival. For the festival in 2018, we have invited composer/performer/educator Øystein Bru Frantzen, young bassoonist Kristian Oma Rønnes, and Polish singer Jakub Niedziela.