1st October 2015

Composer and Singer – 10th October


How does a new work come in to being? What does the composer actually do between getting a commission and us hearing the piece? Do the musicians even get a say in what happens? Fresh out of a workshop with BIT20 Ensemble, Norwegian composer Sigurd Fischer Olsen will be in conversation with vocalist Sofia Jernberg about a new piece they will premiere at Borealis in March 2016. They´ll be talking about the piece´s conception, from development to realisation, and the ups and downs on route to the concert hall.

We couldn’t miss the opportunity to have the amazing vocal talent of Sofia Jernberg in Bergen and not hear her voice. Equally happy on the opera stage, with free jazz players, or writing her own music, Sofia´s voice is a uniquely versatile instrument. Tonight she´ll be performing a first time collaboration with another multi-talented player, Norwegian percussionist Ingar Zach, whose dynamic solo sets and work with bands Dans les arbres, Huntsville and Mural (amongst others), brings new meaning to a simple percussion set up.

Presented in collaboration with BIT20 Ensemble

Doors – and the bar, opens at 19.30.
The conversation starts at 20.00 in the café and the concert takes place in the gallery.
Free entrance.


8th September 2015

New office!


Borealis has been welcomed in to the HKS family. Find us upstairs at the Hordaland Kunstsenter, Monday and Tuesday give us a call, Wednesday to Friday the gallery and cafe are open to the public so just come up and say hello! We´re busy planning Borealis 2016, it´s going to be great!

29th August 2015

The Subjective Frequency Transducer – 28. august

What an amazing evening! Thanks to all of you who took part in Borealis’ event for Landmarks opening of the season.
After a performance by Stine Janvin Motland, some of the audience even got to try the amazing machine for themselves.

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All photos Magnus Håland Sunde

 And here you can hear an interview with Stine about the project

Intervju: Stine Janvin Motland – “The Subjective Frequency Transducer” by Egg På Studentradioen I Bergen on Mixcloud


9th March 2015

The Sounds of Bergen

Miniature Bergen-tiltshift

There is always sound. It is constantly around us. Some of those sounds grab our attention more than others. Borealis Festival is all about different sounds and the roles they (can) play.

We live in a time where we focus more and more on vision, both in and out of home. We watch all our screens, optimise our interior and dance with fashion. We orient by the mountains, look where we walk for safety or aesthetics. Those all are beautiful things. But what happens when you stop for a second and treat your ears, is pretty amazing.

Every place on earth has specific sounds that are always there. They give character to the city.

Here are ten sounds which we think give character to Bergen! We have two festival passes to give away to whoever is most accurate!

Send your answers to rick@borealisfestival.no
We will announce a winner on Wednesday afternoon.

Tip: be as specific as possible.

8th March 2015

The Digital Library

Come and browse our new Digital Library


Where composers and performers suggest music and books that inspire them!

7th March 2015

Cassettes and Stones: part wild horses mane on both sides

Get inside the heads of idiosyncratic duo part wild horses mane on both sides, as they develop a new work for Borealis on residency at Bergen Kunsthall. From rocks to broken reverb boxes, their installation performances teeter on the edge of falling apart, embracing the fragile energy of stepping in to the unknown.
Landmark, 13th of march 2015

Video by Karoline Finnema

5th March 2015

Postcard from Kirkenes!


Lucy Railton and Russell Haswell present their latest collaboration that exploits the languages of contemporary instrumental music and hybrid analogue/digital synthesis. For this new commission developed on residency in the Barents region, Borealis and Landmark are excited to join forces with Dark Ecology (2014-2017), a project highlighting the border zone between Northern Norway and Russia around the Arctic Circle, organised by Sonic Acts and Hilde Methi.
Borealis caught up with them during their residency to find out what they have been up to.
14. mars, 22:30, Landmark

22nd February 2015

Brådypt (or in the deep end)

Artistic Director Peter Meanwell invites you to join this year’s Borealis from the bottom of the empty swimming pool in Sentralbadet. The festival takes place in Bergen from 11th to 15th of March.

Music by Sons of Kemet – Going Home

9th January 2015

In Conversation: Daniela Cascella

Writer and curator Daniela Cascella talks to Borealis artistic director Peter Meanwell about sound writing strategies, Italian murder stories and her project Writing Sound 2, which opened at www.lydgalleriet.no on 20th November 2014.