Borealis 2022 is on its way! The volunteers are an important part of what we know as the Borealis atmosphere, and we are very happy that we’re able to invite you along this year too!
As a volunteer you get to see how the festival works from the inside, meet interesting new people, have great concert experiences and last but not least you get certified work experience. Borealis takes infection control seriously, and will make sure that coming to work is safe. Year after year, we get feedback from guests and artists that we have the friendliest and most helpful volunteers, and we hope you will join this year as well, to create Borealis – a festival for experimental music.
If you have any questions or concerns don’t hesitate to get in touch with volunteer coordinator Émilie Fanor-Fontaine: email@example.com.
Areas of work
Tickets and Information
Are you an organized person? Do you like to talk to people? As part of the Ticket and Information Team you’ll be selling and checking tickets at the door at various venues, as well as running the Festival Office where guests and local artists come to pick up their accreditation. You are often the first face of Borealis that the audience meet, so we’re looking for friendly people that can keep calm when it gets busy. Before showing up to duty, you’ll be asked to get extra familiar with the festival and the programme, so that you can answer questions about tickets, covid restrictions, shows and venues, or pass the audience on to the right person at the festival.
Festival Kitchen (if you have experience in food and service let us know in the form)
Do you like cooking? Do you want to help ensure that all of Borealis’artists, delegates, volunteers and staff can be replenished with both food and love? Then you should sign up as part of the Festival Kitchen at Borealis. You will be guided by our fantastic chefs from Hallaisen, who put their heart, soul and hard work into creating a festival kitchen that gets everyone healthy, happy and full through intense festival days. The time will be divided between the kitchen, with preparation of meals and dispatch of food to various arenas, and tasks related to safe and pleasant serving. Our kitchen is known for making good healthy vegetarian food, and maybe you can bring some good recipes home with you?
Are you social and love working with people? As a festival host, you are the first face the audience meets when they come to the concert arena. Your job is to make people feel safe and welcome. You’ll know where they need to go and what happens at what point. That’s why we want the festival hosts to familiarise themselves with the festival programme and the arena in advance, so you know a little about the concert that will take place, but also where the toilets and the emergency exit are. You are at work where it happens, and often get to see and hear a lot, alwaysr eady with a helping hand where needed. This year, the festival hosts will receive instructions regarding the current infection control rules, and will be able to get tasks related to helping the public, artists and others who are at work in accordance with these.
Are you a very social person and want to help us take good care of our artists? Be their main contact as an artist host and ensure that they have everything they need when they need it. It’s important to be good at solving problems and to have good control over the schedule of the artists and in general be accomodating and ready to solve small and big issues.
Communication and media
Poster and programme book distribution (start up January – free during the festival)
Spread the word! Do you like to go for walks and be outside in all kinds of weather? Driving around neighborhoods with flyers and posters everywhere people go?We need distribution volunteers to hang up posters and deliver flyers and programme books around Bergen surrounding areas. Making the festival visible in the cityscape becomes your main task, and is an essential part of the festival’s marketing. The job starts already in January, which means that you will have time off almost the entire festival to just be in the audience.
Social Media (before and during the festival)
Tell friends, colleagues and fellow students about concerts on social media! This little group will get to work closely with the communication team in Borealis to spread the news about the festival and its events on social media, mainly Facebook and Instagram. Intersted in working with communication? Apply to this!
Video (before and during the festival)
Do you like taking photos or know how to use a video camera? Become a video assistant and get experience in documenting concerts. You’ll be working closely with Borealis’ videographer. We’re also looking for people who are interesting in catching our volunteers on camera. You’ll edit videos that show the amazing work that is being done behind the scenes and be in charge of posting pictures and fun material during the festival on the volunteer group.
Up for new adventures? The shift as a runner can involve a lot or different things! (And other times, not much at all..) In the course of a festival there are always things that need fixing. As a runner you’ll be the one helping out when and where needed. Runners can easily become the hero of the day! You are the ones who’ll help us face the unforeseen. This job gives you an insight into lots of different areas of making a festival and the innermost workings and processes. It’s an advantage to know the city well, or master the art of using maps on your phone.
Save the day and maybe the festival (?) by coming in short notice in any position when someone suddenly gets sick or other needs pop up!
Practical Production (before, during and after the festival)
The practical production team builds the physical festival, simply put. We need you to help us build the festival’s structure. Stages and rooms must be adapted for different artists and concerts, instruments must be carried, and sound and light must be set in place for each event.This job can involve some heavy lifting, and late nights but always in good company and as part of a team. You will get a good insight into the work that is put in before and after a concert, and how to produce cultural events. In addition, you will be involved in planning and thinking about what an arena should look like for the audience to have the best possible experience, and meet exciting artists with creative visions that you will put into practice.
Do you have a drivers lisence? Do you know your way around Bergen by car, and like chatting with new people? Join the transport team in their quest to make sure that artists and guests get where they need to be, as well as helping the festival team with deliveries to and from the festival’s various venues. You’ll meet a bunch of amazing artists, delegates and crew, and be Borealis’ representative when they arrive. As a driver, it is a prerequisite that you can provide good service and help with luggage and pick up and drop-off. If you love people and/or cars – sign up!
Are you a good communicator who wants to take on extra responsibility during the festival? Then this might be the perfect job for you! We need people who can follow up the volunteer groups during larger productions. As a shift manager, you will be an intermediary between the producer and the volunteers in the arena, making sure that the volunteers know what they are going to do, and that the job will be a positive experience for everyone involved
Baking Squad (give us your top 3 bakes in the form)
Do you want to be our “comfort manager” and fill the artist, delegate and staff stomachs with joy and sugar? Join the cake team and bake fresh and delicious treats every day of the festival. This position is probably the most appreciated one.
What do we expect from you?
- That you attend meetings / training before the festival.
- That you work 18-24 hours before, during OR after the festival.
- We ask you to wear your Borealis T-shirt at work so the public knows who to ask.
- That you behave friendly, professionally and inclusively towards our audience, your colleagues and others you meet at work for Borealis – the festival does not tolerate racism, sexism, homophobia or other forms of discrimination.
- That you let us know if you become ill or for other reasons can not show up for your shifts.
- That you stay sober while at work.
What can you expect from us?
What can you expect from us:
- Invitation to other Borealis events up to the festival.
- Training and clear work instructions.
- Borealis T-shirt and merch.
- Sandwich every day you work (5 hours or more.)
- Exclusive access to open rehearsals, together with employees and artists.
- Free admission to concerts.
- As a multitasker: you get 4 free tickets as a starting point, and 2 more each time you work a shift.
- Work certificate (on request).