Practical Info

Welcome to Bergen and Borealis 2020!

This page will help you out with some practical info on our tickets, accesibility, venues, and nice places to stay, eat & drink. We want you to experience the best of Borealis and Bergen. Read our PSA here.

First of all: bring warm and waterproof clothing. March is almost springtime and the temperatures will be sneaking in to the plus zone, but it’s worth to remember that Bergen has the same amount of rainy days as a rainforest. Bring a raincoat with you, if you have one. Be prepared! As they say in Norway: ‘Det finnes ikke dårlig vær. Det finnes bare dårlige klær’: There’s no bad weather, just bad clothes!



Tickets can be purchased here on our website, at or at the door for each event.
We accept Vipps, credit card and cash at the door.

There is limited capacity for some events, and we ask everyone to meet up well in advance to secure a spot or a seat.

The doors open 30 min. before announced concert or event start.

Festival Pass gives access to all events during Borealis, Day Pass for a specific day. Please note that access with both passes is dependent on available capacity. We therefore ask everyone with Festival Pass and Day Pass to meet up well in advance.

Children age 0–4 get in for free to all Borealis events except Konsertsirkus! utenom Konsertsirkus! Is your child between age 4–18 the reduced ticket price applies.


We want to help you access all venues, but unfortunately not all venues are equipped with the same level of accessibility. We wish to facilitate for everyone, so please feel free to contact so we can plan any assistance. Also see more info about each venue below.

Borealis have non-gendered toilet facilities at all venues. Most of them are wheelchair accessible.

Borealis accepts Companion Certificate. Ordinary ticket is purchased and it is then free access for the companion. Please let us know beforehand at, so we can reserve 2 spots and clarify accessibility. More information on accessibility for our venues follows below.

If you’re coming alone to a Borealis event and want to touch base with someone or a sober pal, email us
beforehand and we will link you up with a militia member.

Age Limit:

Some venues have age limits when alcohol is served at the bar. But Borealis is for everyone, so you just need to be accompanied by an adult, who then fills out the Guardian form. The guardian must have their own ticket as well.


For Borealis visitors we have a good hotel deal with Augustin Hotel, Grand Hotel Terminus and Hotel Zander K. All hotels are located centrally in Bergen. Book your hotel at and type the code “bore123” in the Promo Code and then enter date and number of people. Festival prices will then appear.

Eat and drink:

Below you will find our favorite restaurants and cafes. Norwegians are one of the nations who drink the most coffee in the world.

Landmark Café
Rasmus Meyers allé 5

Godt Brød

Vetrlidsallmenningen 19, Vestre Torggaten 2, Muséplassen 3

Øvre Korskirkeallmenning 5

Vaskerelven 14

Kafe Special
Christies gate 13

Bergen Kaffebrenneri
Kong Christian Frederiksplass 6

Skostredet 5

Christiesgate 11

Amalies hage
Bergen Offentlige Bibliotek
Strømgaten 16

Venues Borealis 2020:

Borealis doesn’t have one permanent venue where we present our festival. We use the whole city and can have as many as 16 different venues where we organise events during the festival. All venues will be well marked so you can find us! Several places serve refreshments so you can have a drink before and after the event. Borealis have non-gendered toilet facilities at all venues. Most of them are wheelchair accessible. We are helpful in accessing all venues, but unfortunately not all venues are designed for easy access for everyone. Contact in advance if you need assistance.

Our beautiful public library is centrally located between the train station and Bergen Storsenter. This is a popular place for the city’s population to gather with event activity all year.
Here Borealis Conversation is organized and you can also find the Borealis Library and our Radio Space listening stations.

Refreshments: Amalies Hage – a nice café and bar in the library that serves light meals, coffee and has a good selection of juice
Wheelchair: Accessible (elevator in the café)
Accessible toilet: Yes
Hearing impaired facility: No

BERGEN KUNSTHALL & LANDMARK & UPSTAIRS (Rasmus Meyers Allé 5) – Webpage
The building, which houses both Bergen Kunsthall, Landmark and a nice bookstore, was designed by architect Ole Landmark in the 1930s. Landmark is Bergen Kunsthall’s own café, bar, project room, concert scene and night club, and is a popular place for coffee breaks with an everchanging lunch meny with local produce.

Refreshments: Landmark has a rich selection of food and drink,
and is open before, during and after events
Wheelchair: During the day there is access from the short
side of the building, call the bell, and someone will come and open. During the evening events at Landmark, there are doormen outside the front door who are ready to help wheelchair users enter the glass door to the right of the main entrance.
Accessible toilet: Yes
Hearing impaired facility: No

BERGEN ARCHITECT SCHOOL (Sjøgaten 59, 61a) – Webpage
Bergen Architect school was established in 1986 in Bergen as an alternative to the two other state educations in Norway. The school is located in Sandviken. They have transformed a previous industrial property with a grain elevator and deep water berth, into studios and workshops for the school. On Saturday we invite our audience out to a day with Konsertsirkus!

Refreshments: Konsertsirkus! café with drinks and light food, as well as Tedragen and Hallaisen
Wheelchair: Accessible
Accessible toilet: Yes, on first floor
Hearing impaired facility: No

Bergen International Culture Center was founded in 1993 as a meeting point for immigrant organizations in Hordaland. Now 26 years later, the center has 70 member organizations, and is an important place for inclusion and cultural exchange in Bergen.

Refreshments: No
Wheelchair: Limited accessibility. Stair lift up to the concert hall on the second floor. Not possible to fasten the wheel chair
Accessible toilet: Only on the first floor
Hearing impaired facility: No

CINEMATEKET I BERGEN (Georgernes Verft 12) – Webpage
Cinemateket is located at USF Verftet and is a cinema focusing on what they call essential film history and film art. The foundation was founded in November 1992, with the purpose of promoting the interest for and knowledge about audio visual medias, like art and entertainment, in a film and culture historical perspective. After the swim on Sunday you can warm up in comfortable seats while watching Lizzie Bordens 80s classic Born in Flames.

Refreshments: It is allowed to bring food and drinks from Kafé
Kippers into the cinema room.
Wheelchair: Accessible. 1 wheelchair spot at first row
Accessible toilet: Yes
Hearing impaired facility: No

CORNETEATERET (Kong Christian Fredriks plass 4) – Webpage
Cornerteateret is a production venue for the free performing arts field, and is a creative scene venue for children and a young audience. The venue accommodates two blackbox halls on the first floor, and a bar and a smaller venue connected to it. The bar is open before and after the performances.

Refreshment: Bar
Wheelchair: Accessible
Accessible toilet: Yes
Hearing impaired facility: No

GRIEGHALLEN (Edvard Griegs plass 1) –Webpage
Grieghallen is a 1,500 seat concert hall located on Edvard Griegs’ square in the city center of Bergen. Grieghallen was named in honor of Bergen-born composer Edvard Grieg. It serves as the home of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Borealis also offers concert in the foyer.

Refreshments: The bar is open during concerts, serving both alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages in addition to sweet and savoury snacks
Wheelchair: Accessible
Accessible toilet: Yes
Hearing impaired facility: No

KODE 2 (Rasmus Meyers allé 3) – Webpage
This art museum is placed right in the heart of Bergen. KODE 2 is the main venue for temporary exhibitions. The architect of this museum building was Sverre Lied and it opened in 1978 in order to present the extensive art gift from the businessman Rolf Stenersen, given to the museum in 1971.

Refreshments:  Cafe Smakverket is open daytime. For Borealis event please use Verkstedet next door.
Wheelchair: KODE is accessible for disabled guests and wheelchair users, either directly via ramps, or by wheelchair elevators. There are elevators in all buildings. Parking spaces for the physically disabled are located right outside Rasmus Meyers allé 7 (KODE 3). All buildings are equipped with disabled toilets.
Accessible toilets: Yes
Hearing impaired facility: No

KODE 2 Verkstedet, Borealis Festival Office (Rasmus Meyers allé 3.)
Borealis Festival Office is at Verkstedet, Rasmus Meyers allé 3. Here you can get tickets, pick up your Festival Pass or Day Pass, buy Borealis merch or collect the music from this years festival artists at our Borealis Record Shop. At our Festival Office you will meet representatives from Borealis who will be able to answer any questions you may have. You can get all info needed of the festival or specific events.

Refreshment: Free coffee for everyone, bar during events
Wheelchair: Accessible
Accessible toilet: Yes
Hearing impaired facility: No

KMD – (Møllendalsveien 61) – Webpage
Bergen Academy of art, music and design opened in 2017. The building is a meeting point for art and design students in Bergen, and was designed by the architectural group Snøhetta after winning an international competition in 2005. KMD collaborates with many leading institutions; locally, nationally and internationally.

Refreshments: Kafé Munch serves coffee and light snack this weekend for Borealis
Wheelchair: Accessible
Accessible toilet: Yes
Hearing impaired facility: No

LYDGALLERIET (Østre skostredet 3) – Webpage
Originally initiated by a group of musicians, sound artists and art historians almost 15 years ago, Lydgalleriet is currently Norway’s only gallery for sound art. Together with Ekkofestivalen they run Østre – house for sound art and electronic music in Skostredet.

Refreshments: No
Wheelchair: Accessible
Accessible toilet: Yes
Hearing impaired facility: No

STUDIO BERGEN (Nøstegaten 119)Webpage
Studio Bergen is Carte Blanche’s – The Norwegian National Company of Contemporary Dance home venue. The house has a black-box scene and can fit up til 160 audience members.

Refreshments: Yes
Wheelchair: Accessible
Accessible toilet: Yes
Hearing impaired facility: No

ST. JAKOB KIRKE (Jonas Reins gate 2) – Webpage
St. Jakob’s church is Bergen’s cultural church for young people. The church has a small cultural house, with stage, sound studio and media room, as well as regular events for youth.

Refreshments: No
Wheelchair: more info comes
Accessible toilet: more info comes
Hearing impaired facility: No

THE UNIVERSITY HALL IN BERGEN (Muséplassen 3) – Webpage
The new University hall was opened for audience in 2015. The hall is found at the south wing of the Natural History Museum in Bergen, and has a capacity of approximately 350 seated. Major events at the University happens here, and the outside world is also invited to organize deabtes, cultural events and conferences.

Refreshments: Christie Café open daytime.
Wheelchair: Accessible
Accessible toilet: Yes
Hearing impaired facility: No

After several years of restoration, the University Museum, Natural History Collections, opened in the fall of 2019. Bergen Museum was forunded in 1825, but it took 40 years before the museum’s permanent home was completed at Sydnes. The collections of the Department of Natural History include botany, geology and zoology, and have actively collected new information for more than 100 years. During Borealis, we open the Tower Hall, a room that has been closed to the public for almost 100 years. It is called one of Bergen’s most beautiful rooms/venues.

Refreshments: Christie Café. Open
Monday-Friday 08:00-16:00. Saturday 11:00-17:00
Wheelchair: Accessible
Accessible toilet: Yes
Hearing impaired facility: No

ØSTRE – house for sound art and electronic music (Østre skostredet 3) – Webpage
Østre is Norway’s only venue made for exhibiting sound art and electronic music. It opened through a collaboration with Ekko and Lydgalleriet in 2012. Østre has two project rooms(?) for sound based art and expressions which is at the intersection of electronic music, sound art and visual art. The venue aims to be a premise provider of new artistic expressions with exciting and challenging frameworks.

Refreshments: Yes
Wheelchair: Accessible
Accessible toilet: Yes
Hearing impaired facility: No