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Off The Page Bergen to feature Stephen O'Malley, Maia Urstad and more

The Norwegian arm of The Wire's Off The Page literary festival opens this month

Off The Page Bergen marks a new start for the Norwegian version of The Wire's music festival without music. It previously took place in Norway’s capital Oslo, but this time it will happen at Landmark Bergen Kunstall on 27–28 January.

Held in partnership with nyMusikk, the event focuses on ideas on and around music itself, featuring a range of musicians and critics. The line-up include Rob Young discussing sleeve art as a form of theatre, Maia Urstad presenting Elegy To FM, Thora Dolven Balke delivering a radiophonic lecture, Eivind Buene in conversation with actor and musician Anders Danielsen Lie, Sarah Angliss on visceral music, and Stephen O’Malley will present some musical epiphanies. Also on the agenda is a series of film screenings, including Tony Conrad: Completely In The Present, Aura Satz's Little Doorways To Paths Not Yet Taken, a short film about the art of Foley, and documentaries about Robert Wyatt and Cambodian rock. The Wire and nyMusikk will be on the decks, and a music market will feature vinyl, cassettes, fanzines, comics, books, posters from Robotbutikken, Drid Machine, Tedragen, Bergen Zines, Maksimal, Hordaland Kunstsenter and others.

Off The Page Bergen 2017 will take place at Landmark Bergen Kunstall on 27–28 January. Tickets are on sale now.