Photo: Sondre Eriksen

We’re looking for people who are interested in music, art, theater and other artistic expressions, and who are looking for experience in cultural work and festival production. There are lots of tasks that need solving for Borealis to happen and our interns get a wide range of experiences in different areas. We’re looking for people that will follow our Heads of Communication, Production and Volunteer Coordination. Through this 6 month part-time internship you’ll get a unique look into the inner life of a music festival and invaluable work experience in the cultural field. 

Read the call, spread the word and apply!

We’re very happy to announce the new participants in the fourth round of our mentor programme Borealis Ung Komponist! This year saw a doubling of applicants from the year before and we’re thrilled and proud to be able to deliver a mentor programme bringing together international mentors with emerging local composers and adventurous musicians.

Read more about our four composers here

This year’s participants are: Agnes Hvizdalek, Mirte Bogaert, Tord Kalvenes and Vegar Guleng – a bouquet of exciting new compositional voices all with musical investments in Bergen and Western Norway. With diverse backgrounds spanning composition and improvisation, contemporary dance and choral music this will be an exciting group to follow for the next 8 months. 

The four participants will be writing music for renowned early music ensemble Currentes to perform at Borealis 2021, and from the autumn will be guided by a team of international renowned mentors: Alwynne Pritchard (UK/NO), Raven Chacon (US) and Øyvind Torvund (NO). 

Agnes Hvizdalek

Photo: Lisi Charwat

As a singer and improvising musician, Agnes Hvizdalek explores the relationship between intuition and reflection, the individual, the collective and the environment. Throught Borealis Ung Komponist she’ll be making music performed by others for the first time. From an early age, she has dedicated her life to new music and incorporates her fascination with the human voice in her abstract vocal music. Her unconventional educational path took her everywhere around the phenomena of organized sound, from Cultural Anthropology, Musicology and Phonetics to Project Management and Leadership. She attended jazz-singing classes and courses about composition, improvised and contemporary music at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna and learned a lot via collaborations and by teaching herself. Agnes was born in Austria in 1987 and moved to Norway in 2008.

Mirte Bogaert

Photo: Maria Baoli

Mirte Bogaert is a choreographer and dancer. She graduated from School for New Dance Oslo in 2014, and finished her studies at P.A.R.T.S. – Performing Arts Research and Training Studios in Brussels in 2017–2018. Mirte creates projects in the field of the performing arts, but always works cross-disciplinary in different collaborations. Even though her career focuses on dance and choreography she’s always had a strong investment in music, and has participated in courses with composers and musician like Robyn Schulkowsky, Luc Vaes and Stephan Prins. In recent years she has focused on combining sound, text and movement in choreographic structures. Bringing together these media, Mirte creates graphic scores, which are both applied as tools for translation between different media. As well as functioning as an artistic product along with or instead of the performance.

Tord Kalvenes

Photo: Sigrun Risa

Tord Kalvenes holds a master’s degree in Musicology from the University of Oslo. He has also studied composition and conducting at the Norwegian Academy of Music. As a composer Tord has collaborated with several ensembles, mainly within the sphere of church and vocal music. In 2020 his piece Missa De Lumine was nominated in the category “Work of the Year” for the Music Publishing price – Musikkforleggerprisen. The mass was premiered by Bergen Domkor at Festspillene 2019. In 2017 Tord started the vocal ensemble Tabula Rasa – a Bergen based ensemble working with conceptual productions, improvisation and modern expressions. A lot of his music has been published through Cantando Musikkforlag and Norsk Noteservice.

Vegar Guleng

Photo: Anette Guleng

Vegar Guleng started taking piano lessons at the age of six, and was challenged to compose early on. In his early 20’s he studied composition with Wolfgang Plagge, as well as at the University of Oslo. He later moved to Trondheim where he continued his studies, and in 2018 he completed his Masters in Composition with Ståle Kleiberg as his Professor. Summers 2018 and 2019, Vegar attended the international summer school Musica Soundmine in Belgium, led by Belgian composer Wim Henderickx. In the aftermath he has composed works for Antwerp Symphony Orchestra and HERMESensemble.

Borealis is a festival for experimental music taking place for 5 days in March every year, in the city of Bergen. We’re a small organisation that grows bigger as the festival approaches and we’re now looking for interns that want experience in the different aspects of how to make a music festival. We are looking for interns that will work closely with our Head’s of Communication, Production and Volunteer Coordination.

We’re looking for people who are interested in music, art, theater and other artistic expressions, and who are looking for experience in culture work and festival production and who are looking for experience in culture work and festival production. Do you want to take part in creating a festival that takes good care of its artists and audiences? There are lots of differents tasks to be solved for Borealis to happen and you’ll get a wide range of experience in differents aspects of the festival making through this internship.

Photo: Sondre Eriksen/Borealis

Kommunikasjon

Vi søker etter en praktikant som vil jobbe tett sammen med vår kommunikasjonsansvarlige i jobben med å presentere festivalen til presse og publikum gjennom ulike kanaler. Vedkommende må være interessert i å jobbe med tekst, være presis og strukturert og kunne formulere seg godt på både norsk og engelsk. Det er også viktig å ha gode datakunnskaper, og kunne tilegne seg kunnskap raskt om ulike digitale verktøy. I tillegg vektlegges erfaring med bilderedigering og enkle designoppdrag. Kommunikasjonspraktikanten jobber også med å planlegging og utførelse av festivalens delegatprogram. Dette innebærer alt fra booking av flybilletter til å være vertskap og kontaktpunkt for delegatene når de er i Bergen.  

Produksjon

We’re looking for an intern who wants insight into the practical and technical part of festival production. This person will be working in close collaboration with our Head of Production but will also be managing smaller projects on their own. We’re especially looking for someone who can coordinate our mentor programme Borealis Ung Komponist through the autumn of 2020 up towards Borealis 2021. This intern should have a good technical understanding, good computer skills and be a practical person in addition to being structured and being up for a challenge.

Frivilligarbeid

To join the volunteer recruitment team we’re looking for an intern that loves working with people! You’ll be working in close collaboration with our Volunteer Coordinator and get insight into the whole process – from recruitment, coordinating and Til frivilligteamet søker vi en praktikant som er glad i å jobbe med mennesker! Du vil jobbe tett med frivilligkoordinator og få innsikt i hele prosessen – fra rekruttering og koordinering, til avvikling og planlegging av avslutningsfest. Jobben går ut på å motivere, kommunisere, inkludere og ikke minst organisere over 100 frivillige på festivalen. Vi er stolte av våre dyktige og imøtekommende frivillige, og legger mye arbeid i at de frivillige på festivalen skal føle seg godt ivaretatt. 

Praktisk info

Praktikantperiode: 21.09.20 – 02.04.21
Arbeidstid: 2 dager i uken. Arbeid på kveldstid og i helg må påregnes i perioder.
Kompensasjon: kr. 20 000,– for praktikantoppholdet.

Du vil jobbe tett sammen med Borealis-staben, samt få selvstendig ansvar for større og mindre oppgaver underveis. Du vil få verdifull erfaring innen festivalavvikling og kulturarbeid. 
Kontakt daglig leder Tine Rude om du har spørsmål. Send søknad med dine kvalifikasjoner og CV, samt motivasjon og hvilken praktikantstilling du er interessert i – skriv også gjerne om dine musikkinteresser og hvorfor du har lyst til å være en del av Borealis-teamet.

Søknadsfrist er mandag 17. august.

SEND INN SØKNAD VIA SØKNADSSKJEMA HER!

APPLY AS AN INTERN VIA THIS FORM!

Borealis is a festival for experimental music taking place over 5 days in Bergen every year. We’re a small organisation growing bigger as the festival approaches and we’re now looking for interns that want experience with the different aspects of making a music festival. We’re looking for interns that can work in close collaboration with our Head’s of Communication, Production and Volunteer Coordination. 

We’re looking for people who are interested in music, art, theater and other artistic expressions, and who are looking for experience in cultural work and festival production. Are you keen on making a festival that takes good care of both its artists and audiences? There are a lot of different taks that need solving for Borealis to happen and as an intern you get a diverse experience in the different areas of festival production.

Photo: Sondre Eriksen/Borealis

Communication

We’re looking for a person who will be working closely with our Head of Communication in presenting the festival to press and audiences through different channels. You have to be interested in working with text be precise and structured and be able to write in both English and Norwegian. It’s also important to have good computer skills and to be keen and able to learn how to use new digital tools. Experience with picture editing and simple graphic design skills is an advantage. The communication intern also works on planning and executing Borealis’ Delegate Programme from booking tickets to being a host and point of contact for the delegates when they’re in Bergen.   

Production

We’re looking for a person who wants to get an insight into the practical and technical part of festival production and who can work closely with our Head of Production in addition to taking on smaller projects independently. We’re especially looking for someone who in close collaboration with our Head of Production can coordinate our mentor programme Borealis Ung Komponist throughout the autumn moving up to the festival in March 2021. You have to have a good technical understanding, have good computer skills and be practical in addition to being structured and up for a challenge. 

Volunteer coordination

For the volunteer team we’re looking for a person who loves working with people! You’ll be working closely with our Volunteer Coordinator and get to know the whole process from recruitment to coordination and managing the volunteers. Big parts of the job is to motivate, communicate, include and organise 100 volunteers at the festival. We’re very proud of our amazing and friendly volunteers and put a lot of work into making sure they feel cared for. 

Practical Information

Internship period: 21.09.20–02.04.21
Working hours: 2 days a week. Working weekends and late hours will be required from time to time.
Internship allowance: NOK 20 000

You’ll get to work closely with the Borealis staff, but also have space to work independently on smaller projects. You’ll have invaluable experience in festival making and cultural work. 
If you have questions get in touch with Managing Director Tine Rude. The application is sent in via our application form (link at bottom of page). In addition to filling out the form you have to send in your CV and references. 

Application deadline 17th of August

APPLY AS AN INTERN VIA THIS FORM!

After five lovely years in Hordaland Kunstsenter we’re moving on and into new offices! From now on you’ll find us in Strandgaten 207. The office is on street level with a shared space managed by us and our friends in Piksel – festival for electronic art and free technology. The shared space is called Studio 207, and will house both our and Piksels’s events all year round. OUr free monthly listening event Borealis Listening Club will be moved to Studio 207

Studio 207 is an exciting collaboration and space for experimental music and electronic art run by Borealis – a festival for experimental music and Piksel – festival for electronic art and free technology in Bergen, Norway. This collaboration between the two prime festivals within the field of experimental art and music in Bergen is new as of 2020 and offers up lots of new opportunities and thrilling events in the time to come. Together these two festivals fill the space with anything from workshops and exhibitons to concerts and listening clubs, all year around.

Studio 207 is a 60 m² large space in Strangaten 207 in central Bergen. Borealis and Piksel have their offices on either side of Studio 207 and curate the content for the space in close collaboration. Established concepts that take place in Studio 207 is: Borealis Listening Club, Piksel Fest Spill og Piksel Kidz Lab. Parts of Borealis’ and Piksel’s festival programme is also hosted in the space.

Borealis is closely monitoring advice from national and local public health authorities in Norway regarding the COVID-19 outbreak, and following their guidance.

A decision has been taken in consultation with Bergen Emergency Health Centre, Norwegian Public Health Institute and Bergen City Council to cancel involvement in the festival of artists from areas of continuous transmission of COVID-19. This includes areas in Northern Italy. The artists concerned agreed to this decision even though none of them have shown symptoms.

The festival will provide antibacterial gel dispensers at ticket desks at the entrance to all venues for audience use, and information posters about general handhygiene have been hung in all our venues, and distributed to all visiting artists and delegates.

We encourage all our audience to keep up to date with the advice of public health authorities.

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Doing Not Saying is an artist led project that has brought different perspectives to our organisational structures. Together with artist, activist, musician and choir leader Jenny Moore we’ve looked at how we can make an amazing festival full of great art and music, but that also makes the world less racist and sexist. Read more about Doing Not Saying!

Doing Not Saying at Borealis 2020, is a series of talks, open workshops and physical engagements led by our artist in residence Jenny Moore and her anarchist, intersectional feminist punk choir, F*Choir, that use active methods of engagement to break patriarchal hierarchies and enact queer social structures in our every day life.

STOP TALKING ABOUT IT START DOING SOMETHING challenged artist and musician Jenny Moore as we started working together on this year long project – if we want an amazing festival full of great art and music, but that also makes the world less racist, less sexist, how are we going to actually do that?

We started with bee-dances and screaming in to buckets of water and travelled via difficult questions, gang signs, occupational therapy and boxing. Jenny prodded us gently through conversations and walking, crying and workshops to think about how the organisation that we run could be different. 

Doing Not Saying is an artist led project that has brought different perspectives to our organisational structures, and at the end of our year together there’ll be an underground feminist militia meeting regularly in Bergen, a punk choir sharing their activisms and expertise, and some practical resources for us to renew our commitment to equality and social change. 

“But how are you different now?” asked Jenny 
We made a list: 

  • No art happens in a vacuum, and we must question the implications of every decision we make
  • Learning that we benefit from racist structures and we must work to reduce the racist harm we cause in the world 
  • Seeing my/our individual privileges more clearly, and working to end them
  • Learning that our good intentions to have a more open and diverse festival can pigeonhole marginalised people in negative ways
  • Realising we must make our structures diverse – change the way we WORK not just how we TALK
  • Seeing how we are negatively socialised in to gender roles, and working against that
  • Doing Not Saying is about learning to listen more. To know when to be quiet, to just listen. Now we have to figure out how to act. 

    * Doing Not Saying at Borealis 2020, is a series of talks, open workshops and physical engagements led by our artist in residence Jenny Moore and her anarchist, intersectional feminist punk choir, F*Choir, that use active methods of engagement to break patriarchal hierarchies and enact queer social structures in our every day life.

    Doing Not Saying events at Borealis:

    Wednesday 4 & Friday 6 March: Doing Not Saying: Yoga

    Thursday 5 & Saturday 7 March: Doing Not Saying: Boxing

    Friday 6 March: Doing Not Saying: Take Both (workshop)

    Friday 6 March: Doing Not Saying: Listening Club with F*Choir

    Saturday 7 March: Doing Not Saying: Open Choir Rehearsal with F*Choir

    Sunday 8 March: Doing Not Saying: Swim & Film

    The 2020 Programme Book is now available. If you haven’t yet gotten a hold of a physical copy, you can read it online too. Click underneath: