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Andrea Lopez Robles (b. 1992) is a festival and stage producer from León, Mexico. After graduating from Universidad de Guanajuato with a degree in Culture & Art, she has worked and volunteered for different festivals, theatres, museums, and cultural institutions in Mexico and Scandinavia; including Festival Internacional Cervantino, Teatro del Bicentenario, and Instituto Zacatecano de Cultura. She finds inspiration in the mountains, running backstage, Mexican cuisine, and the diversity in people. She recently moved to Bergen, where she will be studying a Master in Intercultural Studies and joining the Borealis team as a producer.
Runa Halleraker (b. 1995) from Trondheim is currently studying a Master in Art at The Art Academy in Bergen, KMD, UiB, where they work with painting, words and installation. Their first solo exhibition was held at Galleri Fisk in November 2019 and more recently If They Hit Just Right at Kiosken in Bergen. Some recent group exhibitions include Kommunikation at Färgfabriken in Stockholm and MERGE at Cafe Gallery Project & Dilston Grove in London. Alongside their studies Runa has worked with photography, design and communication for different cultural organisations like Stormfestivalen and Pstereofestivalen. Following their internship with Borealis in 20/21 they now step into a position as Communication Assistant.
Émilie Fanor-Fontaine (b. 1991) from Paris is Borealis’ new Volunteer Coordinator. She started with the festival as an intern in 20/21 is filling the important role of working with our volunteers. With an extensive background in film, philosophy and nordic, she has in recent years been active as guest curator, assisting editor and volunteer coordinator for different organisations including Cinemateket in Bergen, Isme Film, BIFF and Bergen Fringe. She took her Master in Film, heritage, curating and preserving at Université Paris 8 and Stockholm’s University and aims towards becoming a film director.
Abigael Asgedom (f. 1994) has been with Borealis since 2019 – first in an internship which developed into a position as Administrative Assistant. Starting this autumn she will be taking on the role as Project Manager for our monthly events Papillon- and Borealis Listening Club and for all events relating to our Artists in Residence Marshall Trammell. Abigael is originally from Eritrea and came to Bergen to study. She holds a Bachelor in Sociology from the University of Bergen and was active in the organisation Papillon for a long time – a multicultural space to meet for young people. She is the founder of the African Student Union in Bergen and is an integral part of the art project Oi! which saw the light of day during the art triennale Bergen Assembly. Abigael is also active in music and is known as DJ Joy. She has performed at several festivals such as Hot! Hot! Hot!, Blak Outside and Vers Libre 24 hour DJ Live Stream.