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Statues, Shows, Sand, and Street Theatre: Reykjavík Arts Festival Begins Today

An indoor, black sand beach, statues in Medieval suits of armour, drag shows, and street theatre are just a few examples of the many sights at this year’s Reykjavík Arts Festival, which kicks off today. Between June 1 and 19, visitors and residents of Reykjavík will be regaled with exhibitions, performances, concerts, and more, many of which are free.

The festival has already made itself visible in the city centre: in front of the iconic Hallgrímskirkja, a collection of six statues by Steinunn Þórarinsdóttir have been installed, three featuring reconstructions of Medieval armour from the Met collection. Musical highlights of the festival include performances by drag artist Taylor Mac and conductor and singer Barbara Hannigan, this Thursday to Saturday. On Saturday and Sunday, the Sun and Sea exhibition will take over Reykjavík Art Museum, filling the museum’s courtyard with black sand from Iceland’s beaches. The exhibition was awarded the Golden Lion at the 2019 Venice Biennale.

The Arts Festival’s opening party will take place at Iðnó this Friday evening, featuring stand-up comedy by Madame Tourette, live music from Latin American music group Los Bomboneros, and DJ Kraftgalli. All Reykjavík Arts Festival events at Iðnó are free to attend.

The full festival program is available on the festival website.

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