Call out now! New round of Mentor Programme Borealis Ung Komponist!

We are looking for new music creators who want to participate in the mentor programme Borealis Ung Komponist in 2021/22. This year’s fantastic mentor team is a collection of internationally renowned performers, composers and artists in Norway: Harpreet Bansal, Camille Norment, Johan Sara Jr. & Øyvind Torvund! This year’s participants will work with and write music for the vocal ensemble TABULA RASA. The application deadline is June 1!

Borealis 2021 was amazing!

Five days – both Live&Online – with music, conversations, performances, workshops, swimming, FM Adventures, sun, rain and last but not least boats singing to the fjord. Borealis continues Online for the next 4 weeks – more info om this soon! But in the meantime enjoy the sight and sound of Magne Viking, Trollfjord, Nordnorge and the Norwegian Navy ship performing Raven Chacon’s piece Chorale for ships with fog horns performed at the festival, 20 March at 13.30.

New Podcast Released: Talking Experiments

We are thrilled to release our new podcast Talking Experiments bringing you personal insights into the brilliant and fun minds of some of our Borealis 2021 artists, composers and performer! Get to know the people behind the music and experiements – spanning the musical, social and political. The podcast is presented and produced by the amazing Christiane Meldgaard.

Borealis 2021 Programme Launch Video

Take a look at this years Programme Launch Video and get a feel of what awaits you in March – Live&Online. The video is edited by intern in Borealis Émilie Fanor-Fontaine and the music is by composer and drummer Øyvind Skarbø for PSST2 –  the commission he’s currently working on with Øyvind Hegg-Lunde and Fredrik Rysjedal for Borealis 2021.

Safe & Weird – Borealis 2021 is on its way

2020 will soon be over, and we feel ready to step into the New Year – with a festival! We were the last festival in Norway that could happen as normal before Corona turned our life upside down. Since then we have looked under every stone to find the best ways to arrange a festival in a world where excessive socialising is not recommended. We are ready for the challenge and are super excited to invite you to our festival in 2021! There will be live concerts and delicious physical listening experiences, but also a lot of goodies you can enjoy through the screen, whether you’re at home in Bergen or wherever you are in the world.

Borealis 2021 will be:
Safe & Weird
Live & Online
Home & Away 
Kind & Wild

The programme for Borealis 2021 will be released in January together with a brand new website – we’ll let you know when it’s ready for you to explore. We wish you a very Happy Christmas whether you’re taking a proper break, working, or if you’re closing your eyes until the new year is finally here.

Digital hugs and a Happy Christmas from all of us in the Borealis Team ❄️

Borealis Samtale: Sound of Shrimps

In the sixth episode of our podcast Borealis Samtale you can hear composer Jana Winderen in conversation with Knut Korsbrekke from the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research and Geir Pedersen from the Christian Michelsen Research Institute about what they have learned through listening underwater. Jana Winderen works with a sound fixated and creative practice while the researchers work with a computer driven scientific research based project. Listen to Jana and the marine biologists discuss to what degree their work overlaps, and the importance of listening to understand what is happening under the ocean’s surface.

Borealis Recommends in December

Christmas holiday is right around the corner. Although Christmas food is yummy we also need some food for the soul – which the holiday actually gives time for.

We recommend you listen to Beatrice Dillon’s debut album Workaround which is listed on The Guardian’s Best Albums of 2020.

Maybe you also need to rebel a bit during the holidays – in that case you can drop by Galleri Entrée where artist Lin Wang has transformed the gallery into a tattoo shop: Exotic Dreams Tattoo Shop. You pay in personal stories and get a totally real tattoo in return.

If you wish you can then continue over to Bergen Kunsthall where the exhibition Basically by Nikima Jagudajev is on. This is an ongoing live event where you’re invited to experience choreography, rehearsal, discussion and staging of movement based work. The exhibition is made specifically to work with Covid regulations.

If you’re struggling with Christmas presents for your artistic friends, what about giving an artist book? Bergen Art Book Fair is selling books online this year. We can for instance recommend Can You Make The Band Name Bigger? – The Poster Art of Luke Drozd, a result of 15 years of work with poster design for the music industry.

POSITIONEN Review of Borealis 2020

The german music magazine POSITIONEN features a review of Borealis 2020 in its newest issue! A much needed reminder that beautiful things happened in 2020… 

“In the city of Bergen, surrounded by the rugged fjord landscape of Western Norway, the festival for experimental music was dedicated to the most urgent and topical social issues, something I have never seen at other music festivals. In the 5 days of the festival trending topics such as the climate crisis, racism, inclusion and gender issues were not sketched out superficially, but had actually influenced the details of the festival planning.”