The Reykjavík Counsel for Culture, Sports, and Recreation has submitted a proposal to City Council advising that Myrkir músíkdagar (Dark Music Days) and the Reykjavík Dance Festival be added to the list of so-called City Festivals in 2020-2022, Vísir reports. The proposal is predicated on a recommendation by a special team of experts.
For the past three years, four festivals have been designated as City Festivals: Hinsegin dagar (Reykjavík Pride), Hönnunarmars (Design March), Iceland Airwaves, and Riff (The Reykjavík International Film Festival). The proposal recommends that Reykjavík City continue this collaboration under the same heading.
The festivals are expected to receive grants amounting to a total of ISK 50 million a year. The four festivals that have previously been held under Reykjavík City’s banner will receive ISK 10 million each, while the two new inductees will receive ISK 5 million each. A total of 10 festivals applied to collaborate with Reykjavík City. The four festivals that were not chosen were Jazzhátíð Reykjavíkur (Reykjavík Jazz Festival), List án landamæra (Art Without Borders), Lókal Leiklistarhátíð (Lókal Theatre Festival), and the Stockfish Film Festival.