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Reykjavík Arts Festival Begins Today

The annual Reykjavík Arts Festival begins today with a march from Harpa, the concert and conference center, to Reykjavík City Hall between 12 and 1 pm, to which all are welcome. The formal opening ceremony will take place at Harpa at 6 pm.


Harpa. Photo by Geir Ólafsson.

At the ceremony, the band Retro Stefson will perform and dancers will premiere a routine to the band’s songs, reports.

Approximately 500 artists will take part in the almost 50 events held in conjunction with the festival, including Spanish singer Buika, French musician Yann Tiersen, British rocker Bryan Ferry and Russian pianist Arcadi Volodos.

A new play by Vesturport’s Gísli Örn Garðarsson and American screenwriter Richard Lagravenese will premiere in Reykjavík City Theater and a 12-hour video work by Icelandic performance artist Ragnar Kjartansson will be screened at the National Theater.

Contemporary visual art from the Nordic and Baltic countries will be emphasized with exhibitions jointly entitled “Sjálfstætt fólk” (“Independent People”). More than 100 artists will participate in the exhibitions in 29 groups.

Other events include readings at authors’ homes. The festival will run through June 3.

Click here to read more about the readings and visit the festival’s website for further details on the program and tickets.


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