Borealis 2023
15–19 March

Borealis Ung Komponist begins!

This lovely group who is this year’s participants of Borealis Ung Komponist have met in Bergen for 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. For the first workshop they were mentored by Camille Norment and kick-started the process. Stay tuned in our channels to better get to know these inspiring new composers through the autumn.

New release by Niilas

Over 300 people gathered in the heated pool at Nordnes Sjøbad during Borealis 2022 to listen to the premiere of Niilas‘ new commission piece Musikk for sjøbading.
Now the commission has turned into the album Hydrophane!

Borealis’ new Managing Director!

We are proud to present our new Managing Director Rachel Louis! She takes over for Tine Rude, and will lead Borealis together with Peter Meanwell who has been Artistic Director since 2014. Rachel has worked with Bergen Assembly, Festspillene i Bergen, and several international cultural organisations.

Catherine Lamb’s liminal space

“(…)the most powerful and elusive music I hear during the festival. (…)The music blossoms endlessly, fluid sound billowing outward like a deathless flower forever producing fresh petals.” Catherine Lamb’s inter-spatia described by music journalist Peter Margasak for The Wire Magazine. This beautiful piece of music written for four trombones and three tubas can now be relived through a sum-up video of the project and recording from the premiere.

Podcast: Talking Experiments

Talking Experiments is Borealis’ podcast where we dig into the wonderful minds of the artists at the festival. Listen to podcast host Jennifer Torrence in conversation with Espen Sommer Eide, Catherine Lamb and Kristine Tjøgersen about subjects spanning Rational Intonation to instrument building, and also catch Season 1 with podcast host Christine Meldgaard talking to Pulitzer Prize Winner Raven Chacon amongst others.

Look back

16 – 20 March Borealis took over Bergen, and small and large experiments created life in the city’s many venues! We would like to thank all the adventurous souls who came to the festival, all the musicians, composers and artists who contributed with their projects and ideas, all the wonderful partners both in Bergen and abroad, and our financial supporters.