Information about the Peer Gynt Festival
The festival is based on the idea of a meeting between the two - Per and Peer – and aims to give visitors a unique cultural adventure, by embracing the known and the unknown, the local and the international, as well as the traditional and contemporary. Today the festival last for 12 days and features about 40 various events on 15 different arenas. Theatre, dance, literature, concert and art exhibitions are central domains, all featured in an exciting collaboration between national and local actors, professionals and amateurs. Local tradition and fantastic scenery frame all of the events. The Peer Gynt tradition is still evolving and today it is one of the largest growing culture industries in Gudbrandsdalen. Volunteers from the valley are involved in almost every activity, and that is one of the premises behind the success of Peer Gynt (Source: A Travelers Tale, Peer Gynt as, 2006).
How to buy tickets to the Peer Gynt Festival?
How can I pay and collect my tickets?
That depends where and how you buy them.
If you use internet (www.billettservice.no / www.peergynt.no), you pay online.
If you call Peer Gynt AS (+47 959 00 770), there are three different ways to pay and collect your tickets. Make an agreement with our attendant.
When and where is the Peer Gynt Festival?
The Peer Gynt Festival 2012 lasts from the 1th – 12th of August. During these days there will be different events like “Peer Gynt by Lake Gålå”, Utfor Stupet, the concert “By Rondane”, The Peer Gynt Exhibition and a free opening-show August 1th.
The Peer Gynt Festival is located in Gudbrandsdalen, with the main office at Vinstra. Our office (the Peer Gynt House) will be open every day during the festival, from 08.30 a.m – 6.00 p.m. You will see the house on your right hand side when driving from Oslo, in the first roundabout arriving Vinstra. If you are driving from Trondheim, you have to drive through the main street and the house will show up on your left hand side (next to Sødorp Gjestgivergård) in the roundabout.
With so many different events, it can be hard to find your way around as a foreigner. To see a map of the three main arenas, click on the event. The distance is from Vinstra to the different arenas:
Peer Gynt by Lake Gålå
CAST: Dennis Storhøi (Peer Gynt), Peer Gynt Chamber Orchestra, Peer Gynt Chamber Choir and close too 100 amateur actors.
DIRECTED BY: Svein Sturla Hungnes
The idea behind the performance at Lake Gålå in Gudbrandsdalen, was to produce the play on site -, in other words where most of the story took place. Few dramas use the nature and forces of nature as their own as Ibsen’s Peer Gynt. By showing this drama outdoor in these spectacular surroundings, we wish to give our audience the feeling of seeing the original and real Peer Gynt.
Henrik Ibsen travelled through Gudbrandsdalen in Norway in 1862. On his journey, Ibsen was told about the historical figure Per from the farm Hågå in Vinstra, Gudbrandsdalen.
“It may interest you to know that Peer Gynt is a person who actually lived in Gudbrandsdalen, probably at the end of the last century or in the beginning if this century. His name is still well known to the local community…”.
Henrik Ibsen to his publisher, on August 8th 1867.
Ibsen wrote his dramatic poem in Italy the same year. On February 24th 1876, Ibsen's Peer Gynt accompanied by Edvard Grieg's music had its premiere at Christiania Theater in Oslo. The fact that Peer Gynt has become one of the greatest triumphs in the history of Norwegian drama - but also an international success, proves that the collaboration between these two giants of Norwegian art was a stroke of luck.
Gudbrandsdalen fostered the historical Per Gynt, still known to the local community in 2011. The figure served as model for Ibsen’s literary and world famous Peer Gynt. The history of the Peer Gynt Festival goes back to the early 1900’s, while Henrik Ibsen’s Peer Gynt with the music of Edvard Grieg has been performed by Lake Gålå since 1989. It is safe to say that this has become one of the most popular and attractive theatrical performances Norway has to offer. Every year, approximately 16 000 people, including an increasing number of international visitors, visits Gålå to see Peer Gynt.
August 1, 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, and 11 aug 2012. 7.30PM every day.
Open Air Stage by Lake Gålå
NOK 570,-/650,- (adult) / 240,- (children)
Discounts available for groups, DNT members and A-card holders
Tickets on sale from October 1st 2011.
- Introduction to the performance by Håkon Sveen every day at 6.30PM outside the venue.
- Maroccoan restaurant by Lake Gålå. Dinner at 5.30PM, refreshments in the intermission. Late supper available for groups after the performance.