Borealis is a festival for genre crossing music and art that takes place over 5 days each March in Bergen, Norway. The festival presents concerts, installations, performances, lectures, film screenings and radio broadcasts at concert venues of all sizes across the city –  from art galleries and cultural arenas to surprising places you may not have visited before. Borealis is a place for adventurous listeners, celebrating music that doesn’t fit neatly in to any boxes. We present new projects from Norway and around the world that push the boundaries of what music is and how we listen.

But we are more than just five days of concerts and events in March. As an organisation we are here all year round, thinking about how we can create experiences and spaces that reflect the society we live in, whilst trying to contribute to the society we want to see. For us this means working hard to present gender balance in our programming and giving space for many different expressions of excellence. It means thinking not just about who is on stage, but about who feels excluded from our audience. We do this work through our project Borealis Radius which is intricately woven into the way the organsation works. Outside of the festival our Borealis Listening Club creates a space for people to listen to new sounds together, and our Borealis Ung Komponist mentoring scheme helps build a grassroots new music culture in the West of Norway.

Borealis is member of the Keychange initiative, Balansekunst, Brak, Proscen and Bergen International Cultural Centre.

Borealis is certified Grønn Festival in 2021. It’s especially in the main areas Transport, Purchasing and Food & Catering that we’re making green choices.

In 2017 Borealis was awarded the first Equality Price from the Norwegian Society of Composers.

Chair of the Board: Elise Sæle Dahle (she)
Deputy chair: Karianne Mjelde (she)
Members of the Board: Jostein Gundersen (he), Kathleen Mathisen (she), Caroline Stampone Oliveira (she)
Deputy members: Johanne Øra Danielsen (she), Inish Sofia Hedén Næss (they), Ole Øvretveit (he)


Borealis recieves support for the festival and all-year-round running of the organsation from Arts Council Norway, City of Bergen, Vestland County Council and Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation.

In 2023 Borealis receives project funding from Arts Council Norway, Vestland County Council, City of Bergen, Music Norway, Fritt Ord Foundation, Pro Helvetia, Nordic Culture Point, Nordic Culture Fund and Creative Europe.