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Réttir Sheep Roundup and Music Festival Coming Up

Réttir – Reykjavík Roundup is a concert series taking place in Iceland’s capital September 23-26 in cooperation with the Reykjavík International Film Festival (RIFF). Meanwhile, the original réttir phenomenon, the sheep and horse roundups, begins on September 4.

Réttir. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Réttir – Reykjavík Roundup coincides with not only RIFF, held September 17-27, but also the music, art and media conference You Are in Control (YAIC), held September 23-24, as stated on visitreykjavik.is.

The festival is hosted by various companies involved in the Icelandic music scene, which are also participants in YAIC, such as gogoyoko.com, Kimi Records, Borgin Records, OkiDoki and Trúbatrix.

For further information on the program, visit rettir.is.

The actual sheep and horse roundups—which have become popular to watch among laymen, both natives and foreigners—take place in various locations around Iceland.

The first sheep roundup is on September 4 in Audkúlurétt by Svínavatn lake in Austur-Húnavatnssýsla county in northwest Iceland and the first horse roundup on the same day at Midfjardarrétt by the fjord Midfjördur in the neighboring Vestur-Húnavatnssýsla county. The last roundups are held in the first weekend of October.

Here is a list of roundups (it’s in Icelandic but the locations and dates should be clear to everyone; fjárréttir means “sheep roundup” and stódréttir “horse roundup”).

Click here to watch an audio slideshow of a sheep roundup.

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