2021 GRIP – introduction course in sound engineering

GRIP – Seize the tools of sound engineering!

GRIP is a new course series to gain practical experience and skills in sound engineering. No previous experience is required.

Everyone is welcome. We would like to emphasize that the course aims to strengthen the proportion of women, non-binary and transgender people in the field.

GRIP aims to empower more women, non-binary and transgender people to gain technical knowledge and practical experience in live sound engineering.

The field of sound engineering continues to be white, able-bodied and cis-male dominated. The development of our cultural scenes leans not only on creating a diversity of role models on stage, but also in production, sound engineering and all other important roles behind the scenes. GRIP is open to everyone, but we emphasise our aim to welcome more women, non-binary and transgender people into sound technician roles in Bergen’s cultural organizations.

GRIP is part of a new initiative at Bergen Kjøtt to strengthen a greater diversity of people with technical competence in Vestland. In partnership with multi-disciplinary cultural organisations, this «training ground» provides long-term, hands-on training, experience and mentorship in sound engineering across different cultural disciplines.

GRIP is a collaborative project between Bergen Kjøtt, BIT Teatergarasjen, Carte Blanche og AKKS Bergen.


GRIP – introduction course in sound engineering

Course date: 23th of November 17:00 – 20:00

Course location: Bergen Kjøtt, Skutevikstorget 1

Sound technician and instructor: Irene Bjørke

Price: 100 NOK incl. optional AKKS membership

Music activity for everyone

We do not want economics to stand in the way of participation at our courses. We therefore have a limited number of places that are free to those under 26 years. To use this offer, you select this at the course registration form. If you have the Activity Card from Bergen kommune, this can also be used with us. If you have any questions, please contact us at kontoret@bergen.akks.no. This is supported by BUFDIR.

The course has 15 places.

About the instructor on the course Irene Bjørke

Irene Bjørke has recently been hired as technical manager at Bergen Kjøtt, and works as a freelance sound technician in addition to being a producer and project manager for the contemporary music ensemble BIT20 Ensemble in Bergen. She has an education in folk music and musicology with a harding fiddle as her main instrument, but through practical experience she has gained competence and skills as a sound technician.

Her career as a sound technician started as a curious culture student at Kroa in Bø in Telemark, and her enthusiasm for sound and stage technology led to many years of volunteer work at Det Akademiske Kvarter when she moved to Bergen. Here, Irene was, among other things, the leader of the technician group Kraftetaten, which is responsible for all technicians and technicians at the concert venue.

For well over 6 years, Irene has worked as a professional sound technician at several clubs and cultural centers in Bergen, as well as freelancing regularly for large, technical suppliers such as Bright and Konsertsystemer. Her experience ranges from major festival and concert productions with Norwegian and international artists, company events and conferences, to more intimate concerts, workshops and other artistic performances. Now the goal is to help recruit a new generation of sound technicians who can further develop the sound industry and realize future sound experiences.


The course will be led in English. We also have an introduction course in Norwegian, more info here.


Let us know if you have any access needs.

You can find information about accessibility at Bergen Kjøtt in Norwegian here.

Do you have questions?

Feel free to contact us at bergen@akks.no.


GRIP is supported by Sparebanken Vest, Bergen kommune and Balansekunst. GRIP is part of BIT Teatergarasjen´s project apap – FEMINIST FUTURES, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union and aims to initiate powerful social changes and address inequality in the contemporary Performing Arts.

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