Her Majesty Queen Sonja of Norway opened a new facility at Bergen University yesterday. The facility will offer studies in art, music and design. Through various programmes, the University will offer education in creative art, designers and musicians. The facility will also offer education in nearby fields with expertise in the creative arts, design and music are included – as music therapy, curating and education for artists, designers and musicians.
Students from the Grieg Academy performed a new royal fanfare composed by the Norwegian composer Harald Sæverud when the procession of the Queen was led into the main hall where the opening ceremony took place. Secretary Bjørn Haugstad from the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Education gave a speech and officially opened the new facility that became the seventh facility at the University of Bergen. The new facility is the result of a merger of Bergen National Academy of Arts and the Grieg Academy’s Department of Music. The new facility will move into a distinctive new building, designed by the renowned Norwegian architectural firm Snøhetta.
The Queen was perfectly healthy. At Christmas, Royal Central could report that Queen Sonja was sick so she could not attend the traditional Christmas service on Christmas Day along with the rest of the Norwegian royal family. The Queen showed no signs of being sick and was, as usual, in a good mood. The Queen seemed excited about the new facility as she is an active and highly respected painter.
The headmaster of the University of Bergen, Dag Rune Olsen was extremely pleased with the ceremony, which featured both pieces of music, speeches and especially the Queen’s presence. Rune Olsen spoke to Norwegian press saying that he thought it was wonderfully pleasant, stylish and full of nice sample of what the new facility has to offer. Also, he thinks it was absolutely fantastic that the Queen had the opportunity to participate.