One of Reykjavík’s most historic buildings, theatre and event space Iðnó, will reopen tomorrow, putting an end to a closure that lasted nearly one and a half years. The venue’s new managers promise it will stay open from morning till night and welcome locals and visitors of all ages. The venue was forced to close in May 2020, around two months after the COVID-19 pandemic reached Iceland.
Iðnó reopens with a bang tomorrow, September 18, offering a full program of children’s events during the afternoon and live music in the evening. Iðnó (or Iðnaðarmannahúsið as it is rarely called), was built in 1896 and was first home to the Reykjavík Theatre Company, one of the country’s oldest cultural organisations still in operation. The building has been a hub of cultural activities for decades and has housed many a historic event, including a party for Christian X, King of Denmark, when he visited Iceland in 1921.
The venue’s new management has freshened up the building, including removing carpets to reveal original flooring and putting on a fresh coat of paint. Guðfinnur Karlsson of Prikið, Iðnó’s head manager, told Vísir the venue’s doors will be open to all. “It’s not just for members of Parliament. This is the house of the people, and never more so than now.”