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Icelandic Drag Competition Held in Reykjavík Tonight

By Iceland Review

The 14th annual Icelandic Drag Competition is to be held this evening in Harpa concert and conference hall; the competition starts at 9 pm but the house opens at 8 pm.Twelve contestants will compete for the King and Queen Awards of the year.


From Reykjavík Gay Pride. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

This year the competition will be held in Silfurberg hall in Harpa “6 years earlier than expected,” organizer Georg Erlingsson Merritt told Morgunbladid. He had only planned to have the competition in Harpa in the twentieth anniversary of the competition.

The contest is being held for the 14th time in 15 years; it was cancelled in 2004 due to a Erlingsson Merritt’s busy schedule at the time.

Contestants will participate in the opening act and compete in 10 different categories. Contestants can do pretty much whatever they want on stage; they can rap, sing and dance.

“Drag is probably the oldest form of theatre known in the world and originates in earlier times when females were not allowed to act on stage so female roles were filled by men. Now today both men and women compete to become the Queen and King every year,” it is said in a promotional text from Harpa.

“The men are 200% feminine and the women 200% masculine; the acts are not directed in any way and my only interference is to give contestants some advise,” Erlingsson Merritt told Morgunbladid.

Last year’s King and Queen will also perform for the audience this evening; the winner was “Mary Fairy” for the second time but “she” also won in 2009. Only two contestants have accomplished 2 consecutive victories and they were Skjöldur Eyfjörd and Magnús Jónsson.

The Drag competition is the opening act to the Reykjavík Gay Pride parade which will be held this weekend.

Tickets for the event cost 2800 ISK (USD 24 or EUR 17) and can be purchased here.


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