Team Sånafest

Sånafest is created by a small and dedicated team with a range of artistic and administrative backgrounds driven by a shared desire to create an inclusive, open and exciting festival offering high quality artistic encounters with local, national and international artists. In the run up to the festival we are joined by an army of volunteers without whom Sånafest would not be a success, or even possible. You know who you are. Thank you.

Artistic Council
Ingvild Isaksen, Thea Færden Bringsværd, Mikkel Rasmussen Hofplass and Andreas Strand Renberg

Each festival year the Artistic Council create a programme consisting of both curated events and works selected from an international Open Call for submissions. All members of the council in addition to the board and administrative and technical teams have important additional roles in making the festival a reality.

Thea Færden Bringsværd

Festival Director

Thea has her education from Norges Dansehøyskole with a BA in Contemporary Dance (2008) and a MA from Nordic Master of Arts in Dance studies at NTNU (2015). In recent years she has focused on inclusive arts projects in Berlin and Kampot, and had the privilege of choreographing for and working with Epic Encounters, South East Asia's first and only inclusive dance company, as part of her MA thesis. Thea was involved in establishing the professional interest group Dansekunst in Østfold, for which she served as chairperson from 2012-13. She is a freelance dance artist, producer and teacher, working with Hildergeit produksjoner in collaboration with Mikkel Rasmussen Hofplass. In Germany she has performed in bis man den Menschen trifft and GRAU by Karina Suarez Bosche, and has toured in Norway with productions for Den Kulturelle Skolesekken including Sofasamfunn by/with Komma Danseteater and Koffertmysteriet by Støv Productions.

Ingvild Isaksen

Project Manager Son & Workshop Programme

Ingvild initiated Sånafest as Sontidsdans in 2013. Since then she has worked as a freelance choreographer and performer based in Oslo, Norway. She has a BA (Hons) in Dance Theatre from Trinity Laban Conservatory of Music & Dance in London (2012) as well as training in fine arts and design from Oslo and Akershus University College (2009). Choreographically she explores how to intervene with people’s daily lives by making public spaces a stage for performances. Ingvild is currently collaborating with choreographer Masako Matsushita in the artistic duo A MasIng Productions on a new production for Sånafest 2017, and performer regularly with the interdisciplinary Kompani F in Oslo. She has previously performed in works by Matteo Fargion, Ina Dokmo, Clare Daly, Kosugi Daisuke, Dromedar, Aisan Hoss, Punchdrunk and Mia Habib. In 2015 she received a three year scholarship from the Norwegian Arts Council. See for more info.

Mikkel Rasmussen Hofplass

Project Manager Plopp & visual identity/innovation

Mikkel is an interdisciplinary artist with a bachelor's degree in visual arts from the Bergen Academy of Art and Design, and a bachelor's degree in acting from the Norwegian Theatre Academy in Fredrikstad. He is based in Berlin/Fredrikstad and works at the intersection between performance, installation art, sculpture and performing arts with focus on the space and installations in the meeting with the performative. Mikkel is part of the theater company Talking Timber, as well as Hildergeit productions in collaboration with dance artist Thea Færden Bringsværd. He is one of the founders/managers of the open stage project “Kunstresepsjonen” in Fredrikstad. See for more info.

Andreas Strand Renberg

Marketing and Communications Manager

Andreas Strand Renberg is trained in clowning at the Swiss school Scuola Teatro Dimitri. He has his background from the street theatre company Stella Polaris and from the global sailing circus Zirk Mir (Sirkusseilerne NRK). Today he teaches at Vestby Kulturskole as well as composing music and performing with the band Madamamwe y Los Mas Baratos.

Nina Koren

Chairperson and Volunteer Coordinator

Nina is trained in Economics and Leadership from the Norwegian Business School BI with a specialisation in marketing. She is also a meta-certified communicologist from the Scandinavian Institute of Communicology. She has worked for Morgenbladet, Nationaltheatret, DNB, Telenor and The Nobel Peace Center. During a four-year stay in Vietnam she implemented and evaluated several international arts projects financed by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including a training programme in audience development for the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra. She now works as an independent consultant and is currently engaged by the members organisation Audiences Norway.

Frances Gerono

Administrative Leader & Producer

Frances is a freelance producer and project coordinator with a special interest in community and participatory arts projects. Born in Scotland and now based in Oslo, she has an MA (Hons) in English Literature and Communication from the University of Edinburgh and has worked on projects and events for National Theatre (London), The Queen Sonja International Music Competition, Scenekunstbruket and Ibsenfestivalen. Frances is a member of the multicultural theatre workshop Teater Exit.

Joakim Stai

Web Developer

Joakim is the guy behind Sånafest's website. After having worked as a web developer in Oslo, Stockholm and Valencia, he's now back in his hometown of Son. Here he keeps about half a million honey bees while working on Sånafest's website. Joakim also has a background in arts, with an A Level in Arts and Design and a two year Foundation Course from Mølla Art School.