The festival is built on the principles of Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson, one of Norway’s most celebrated Nobel laureates, writers and public servants. Bjørnson’s body of work is peerless in influence and volume and the core values he championed remain the backbone of the festival, most prominently freedom of speech and human rights.
Bjørnson Festivalen combines public discourse with the celebration of literature across all genres. It has an international outlook by bringing authors, themes and books from all corners of the world to the stage.