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East Iceland Performing Arts Centre Gets Green Light

By Yelena

Egilsstaðir
Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

Construction of a new performing arts centre in Egilsstaðir, East Iceland, will begin this year, RÚV reports. The project, which includes a black box theatre and an exhibition space, will receive 60% of its funding from the state, while the National Power Company of Iceland will also be a major sponsor. The new facilities have the potential to give new life to the region’s performing arts scene.

Björn Ingimarsson, mayor of Fljótsdalshérað, hopes professional theatre companies from Reykjavík and elsewhere will bring their productions to the new stage. “What we’ve sensed from professional theatres is that this will open doors for their operations here in the area… it’s a truly exciting project.”

In 2018, the Icelandic government announced an investment of ISK 300 million ($2.8m/€2.4m) to enlarge the East Iceland Heritage Museum and build up Sláturhúsið Cultural Centre in Egilsstaðir, East Iceland. The agreement is the result of an old promise to build cultural and arts centres in all regions of the country. The federal government will fund 60% of the project, which is expected to cost around ISK 500 million ($4.7m/€4m).

The National Power Company’s investment in the project involves paying ten years of rent upfront for the new exhibition space, where it will collaborate with the municipality to create an exhibition on green energy. Björn did not divulge the exact amount that the National Power Company was contributing to the project, but said “it’s an amount that makes a difference.”

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