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The Bergen Assembly wins LCD Berlin Avis Travellers’ Award for Best Cultural Festival


        Bergen Assembly is happy to share the great news that Bergen Assembly has received the prestigious LCD (Leading Cultural Destination) award for Best Cultural Festival!

        “The 2020 LCD Berlin Awards shine a light on culture, art and travel, showcasing unique cultural experiences around the world. From local to global perspectives, the winners of the 2020 awards offer new and exciting opportunities to explore our relationship with public spaces, tradition, and identity. Over the years, the LCD Awards have offered a unique platform for the winners to showcase their cultural assets and reach global travellers wishing to immerse themselves in arts and culture. These winning destinations and institutions showcase just how deep the symbiosis between art, culture and travel is.”

        Bergen Assembly has won the LCD Berlin Avis Travellers’ Award for Best Cultural Festival, fending off impressive competition from Desert X in Coachella Valley, California, USA, and the Lofoten International Art Festival 2019 which takes place in the Lofoten Islands, Norway. Now in its sixth edition, the LCD Awards highlight the world’s best established and emerging cultural destinations, recognising their exceptional contributions to cultural life.

        The win by Bergen Assembly represents one of two LCD Award winners from Norway, as The Twist gallery (Bjarke Ingels) at the Kistefos Museum and Sculpture Park was honoured with the LCD Berlin Leading Culture Destinations of the Year award for Best Architecture. 

        Ingrid Haug Erstad, Director of Bergen Assembly, said: “We are very pleased to win and to be recognised amongst so many great cultural festivals, that an award like this seeks out more experimental formats is exciting.”

        Katrine Mosfjeld, Digital Marketing Director of Visit Norway, noted: “Huge congratulations to the Bergen Assembly and Kistefos for this achievement which contributes to putting Norway on the map as an international cultural destination.”

        The winners of the LCD Berlin Awards 2020 were selected by a distinguished international jury comprised of Matthew Anderson, European culture editor for The New York Times; Helena Egan, tourism and place-making specialist; Dr. Martin Heller, cultural advocate and arts patron; Oliver Jahn, editor-in-chief, AD Architectural Digest; Meryanne Loum-Martin, founder of AFRƎEculture.org; Dr. Thierry Morel, director, curator-at-large and board member of the Hermitage Foundation; artist Ahmet Ogut; and Salma Tuqan, deputy director of the Delfina Foundation.