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Reykjavík Arts Festival opens with a blast

A geyser cut through the asphalt of a parking lot in central Reykjavík yesterday, while a tree sprouted straight through a Skoda. Apparently, that is the path of destruction a French giant has left behind.

His daughter, a giant mechanical marionette, will stroll through the streets of Reykjavík tomorrow to calm her father down. The act is organized by the French street theatre company Royal de Luxe, Fréttabladid reports.

The festival formally opens today in the National Gallery of Iceland. At the same time the exhibition “COBRA Reykjavík” is opened, where the works of the members of COBRA, an international group of artists, are exhibited.

Tonight at 8 pm “The Goddess in the Engine” (“Gydjan í vélinni”) by the Mermaid Dance Company Hrafnhildur (pictured) is premiered inside the Coast Guard cruiser Ódinn.

“The artworks do more than brighten up the everyday life. They create a real quality of life, increase understanding and humanity, said Thórunn Sigurdardóttir, the artistic director of Reykjavík Arts Festival.

The Festival ends May 26.

Click here to watch a video of the geyser and the Skoda.

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