The Reykjavík Winter Lights Festival opened in Iceland’s capital today. A variety of free events are scheduled for today and tomorrow, such as a puppet theater, a concert for children, a hike up Mt. Esja and various art exhibitions and dance performances.
From last year’s Winter Lights Festival. Photos by Páll Stefánsson.
Tonight, the capital’s galleries and museums remain open for longer than usual. Superstition in different forms is the theme at the National Museum of Iceland. The program begins at 7 pm with a special tour for children.
At the Nordic House, the multimedia exhibition “ipseity – abeyance” opens at 7:30 pm in conjunction with the festival, featuring the work of composer Nico Muhly, painter Alexander Zaklynsky and photography-based artists Gudmundur Ingólfsson, Erla Haraldsdóttir, Bo Melin, Ingvar Högni Ragnarsson, Julia Staples and Pétur Thomsen and sculptur Will Schlough.
The exhibition “seeks to capture the fast paced cultural and economic growth in Iceland for the past few years, especially reflecting on the inactivity after the fall of the economy,” as described in a press release. It runs through February 27.
Furthermore, rock band Reykjavík! will perform at the Nordic House tonight; the concert begins at 11:30 pm. Artists from other genres will participate in their performance, which is called “Paraskavedekatriaphobia” since today is Friday the 13th.
Click here for the full festival program in English.