Abigael on new adventures!

Abigael Asgedom aka DJ Joy has worked with us since 2019, and has given the festival and us in the administration a lot of joy and learning.

We thank her for five wonderful years together and wish her the best of luck in the future with all her projects and endeavours!

Work in Borealis

You can now become a part of the core team in Borealis!

We’re looking for a new Head of Production in a permanent position. Up for planning and executing all events in the festival and events throughout the year?

Application deadline August 1.

Here are the participants!

After a record high number of applicants for our mentor programme Borealis Ung Komponist, it is with great pleasure that we announce the selected music creators, who until March 2025 will research their way to new music for Ensemble Obsidian, with guidance from three solid mentors with expertise in the creation of experimental music.

Congratulations to Daiyen Jone Castro, Eira Sjaastad Huse, Evelin Lindberg and Jakob Thonander Glans! We are excited to follow them towards the next festival, and the premiere of their works!

New round of Borealis Ung Komponist!

Borealis Ung Komponist is back! We are looking for four versatile music creators who are in the early stages of developing as composers or who wish to further develop their skills in creating music for others. This year’s mentors are three amazing and very different composers who are also musicians: Okkyung Lee (KR), Camille Norment (US/NO), and Sigurd Fischer-Olsen (NO).

Borealis in The Wire

“Borealis 2024 brilliantly elucidates the ways in which territorial, political and social practices preserved in the sonic and temporal traditions of the Sámi people are increasingly relevant to a world that calls for connection and reconciliation with the land.”
– Xenia Benivolski, The Wire Magazine.

“Joik as an act of Resistance”

“The program’s – sometimes strictly artistic, sometimes focused on discussions – engaged the audience in a non-artistic theme, showing how they treat art to talk about identity, here about the Sámi culture. Festivals do this very shallowly, Borealis decided to go deeper. This reflection on locality, identity, and how to fight for it was my best lesson for this year’s edition.” – Jakub Knera

Jakub Knera from the polish online magazine Nowe idzie od morza has written some beautiful reflections about Borealis 2024.

Vers Libre: Borealis Mix

Ahead of Borealis 2024, Vers Libre presented a series of specially curated mixes by festival artists Signe Emmeluth, Elina Waage Mikalsen, Viktor Bomstad and Kim Myhr.

These mixes are still available for a listen! 

Borealis 2024 summed up

Borealis 2024 was five lovely days of concerts, sound installations, family friendly and budget friendly events, unique listening rooms and conversations that explored exciting new musical expressions from all over Norway, Sápmi and the rest of the world!

Now you can watch Borealis 2024 summed up on video!

Video: Ben Speck/Borealis

YrrY and Borealis Ung Komponist to Germany!

The four composers who participated in Borealis Ung Komponist 2023 – Eline Rafteseth, Susanne Xin, Guoste Tamulynaite and Luke Drozd – each created a work for the world premiere at Borealis 2023. The compositions were performed by YrrY together with Carmen Bóveda, and now the ensemble is bringing the pieces to Nordischer Klang Festival in Greifswald, Germany!

Nordischer Klang is the largest festival of Nordic culture in Germany. It is a major platform for artists from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden in Germany, just 200 km north of Berlin.

Listen to the conversations again!

Before and during Borealis 2024, Vers Libre presented specially curated mixes from festival artists and breakfast shows with live guests. They also replayed the Borealis Conversations that were part of the festival programme, on Sámi listening practices, cultural erasure and the complexity of experimenting with tradition.

Now you can listen to the playlists and conversations online!