Bergen is a city located by the fjords of western Norway, being both an international but also having traditional small-town charm and visible traces of its rich history.
Surrounded by mountains and the sea, Bergen’s landmarks include Bryggen, a wharf dating back to the time of the Hanseatic League, the funicular Fløibanen, as well as its fish market and aquarium. Bergen is also the home of the famous Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg and his historic house museum Troldhaugen. Some other cultural institutions in Bergen include the Literature House, The Bergen Theatre, KODE, and the music festival Festspillene amongst others.
Bergen Public Library is responsible for hosting guest writers and for coordinating their activities in close collaboration with other administrative units in the city. The Bergen Public Library provides an office for its ICORN Resident in order to facilitate collaboration and connection with library colleagues and easy access to library facilities and public events in the building. The Bergen Public Library maintains close contact with libraries throughout Norway and internationally as well as other literary and cultural institutions in Bergen and encourages the ICORN Residents to participate.
The City of Bergen joined ICORN on January 1st 2008 and welcomed its first ICORN Resident on the very same day. Since then, Bergen has hosted more than five ICORN Residents on whom you can find more information below.