Read an in-deep interview with Luke Drozd

During the autumn we will publish in-depth interviews with all the participants in this year’s Borealis Ung Komponist. We have had a chat with artist and cultural producer Luke Drozd! Luke has slowly integrated sound in his artistic practice, often utilising spoken word elements in performances and recordings. This will be his first time composing a piece that is not at all being carried by his own voice within the performance!

Borealis turns 20!

It will be 20 festivals since Borealis was born, which means 20 years of amazing experimental music, and in 2023 Borealis is looking back (and forward!) at what music and listening can be! We’ll be announcing artists as we go, reflecting on those who have been key in building the festival over the years, as well as those who we see taking experimental music in to the future, and we’ll also be asking for your memories and reflections, so watch this space! First up we’re excited to announce three artists who in their own way is shaping the Norwegian music scene. With inspiration from Sápmi, Laksevåg, Jaffna and the ionosphere Elina Waage MikalsenMaia Urstad and Mira Thiruchelvam will create new connetions and sounds for Borealis 2023.

Get your Early Bird Borealis Pass now!

The first bits of the Borealis 2023 programme are out, and there’s more greatness to come! Make sure you secure your Early Bird Borealis Pass now – the best and cheapest way to experience the whole festival. With your Early Bird Borealis Pass you can access all tickets to Borealis events for only NOK 50,– !

Borealis Listening Club x BIFF

What a wonderful evening we had at Cinemateket in Bergen in collaboration with Bergen International Film Festival, when we premiered the short-documentary The Moon Is Down: The Status Quo Is My Enemy, talked to the stars Anine Fatou Bråten, Wengeal Abebe, Dora Ponny J. Loro and Carol Stampone, listened to music and ate popcorn.

Check out what we listened to:
Mississippi Goddam – Nina Simone
O Bêbado e a equilibrista – Elis Regina
So Strong – Labi Siffre
–– VIII – Vilde&Inga (from album How Forests Think)
BLEACH ft. Sharon Gal / FLESH ft. Tony Bevan – Mariam Rezaei (from album SKEEN)
Il bersagliere ha cento penne – Silvia Tarozzi & Deborah Walker (Featuring Ola Obasi Nnanna) (from album Canti di guerra, di lavoro e d’amore)
Peng Black Girls – ENNY

Borealis to London

3–5 October we’re headed to London for an inspirational field trip as part of the Safer Spaces project coordinated by the City of Bergen.

Together with our Bergen colleagues in Brak, Kvarteret, Bergen Kjøtt, EKKO festival and more, we’ll be visiting places like Café Oto, Battersea Arts Centre, Wysing Arts Centre and more, for inspiration on how to make cultural arenas and cities safer for all.

Follow us on Instagram for updates along the way.


We have a soft spot for nice merch and have for several years had a lot of fun making everything from gym bags and socks, to caps and bum bags.

Now you can get a hold of our beautiful range of merch in our brand new webshop! Get yourself a Borealis bag, or make a friend happy with a pair of “experimental” socks. 

For international shipping and payment, get in touch with us here

Borealis Listening Club x BIFF

In October we are collaborating with Bergen International Film Festival (BIFF)!

We have made a short-documentary about our Artist in Residency from 2020–2022; percussionist, archivist and composer Marshall Trammell (Music Research Strategies). The documentary The Moon Is Down: The Status Quo Is My Enemy will premiere at BIFF – and we take the opportunity to listen to some music and create a listening club after the film premiere!

Come to the premiere and listen with us at Cinemateket in Bergen Thursday 27 October, 20.00–22.00 – free as always!

Borealis Ung Komponist begins!

This lovely group who is this year’s participants of Borealis Ung Komponist are in Bergen, doing their first workshop!

Towards Borealis 2023 the four widely varying music creators will meet up to challenge themselves and each other, alongside the mentors and ensemble YrrY. During the next days they will be mentored by Camille Norment and will kick-start the process. Stay tuned in our channels to better get to know these inspiring new composers throughout the autumn. 

Festival Exhibition Artist 2023

We want to congratulate Camille Norment who is Bergen Kunsthall’s Festival Exhibition Artist in 2023! 

This will be the largest presentation of Camille in Norway to date. We are incredibly proud to have her as mentor for the Borealis Ung Komponist again this year. 

Camille is at home both in the world of exhibitions and music, and represented Norway at the 56th Venice Biennial in 2015. Check out earlier projects on her website, for instance Lull which was exhibited at Lydgalleriet in Bergen, Montréal Biennial and at SFMOMA.