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Theater Festival Opens in Reykjavík

The fourth annual theater festival Lókal kicks off in Reykjavík today, featuring the latest in Icelandic and international theater. All the plays to be staged are new and some of them are collaborations between participants in the festival.


Tjarnarbíó, where many of the events will take place. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

“We are now welcoming the representatives of Wiener Festwochen, which is one of the largest art festivals in Europe, for the third time. They have told us that they look to us regarding […] what is happening in Nordic theater,” the festival’s manager Ragnheidur Skúladóttir told

“From the beginning we have considered ourselves the Airwaves of the performing arts; we discover theater groups who are about to go on larger tours, to larger festivals,” Skúladóttir added in reference to the annual Iceland Airwaves music festival which takes place in Reykjavík in October and is considered a platform for aspiring musicians.

In addition to theater groups from Norway and Finland, West-Icelandic artists—descendants of Icelandic immigrants to North America—from Winnipeg and Montreal will participate in the festival this year.

The ten-person group has been involved in the Canadian-Icelandic art festival núna (now), which has garnered considerable attention in Manitoba in the past years and now Icelanders will be able to enjoy a piece of the program.

“We want to show Icelanders what we’re doing,” Tristin Tergesen from Gimli, who chairs the art council of núna (now), told Morgunbladid.

At one of the events, guests can join a collage party with Paul Butler in Tjarnarbíó from 11 am to 11 pm tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday. “Everyone is an artist,” Tergesen said of the event’s atmosphere.

In collaboration with Lókal, the plays “Phobophilia” and “The Island” will be staged. “It is all very exciting,” Tergesen promised.

For further information on the program, go to and

Click here to read about the upcoming Reykjavík Dance Festival and here to read about the Reykjavík Jazz Festival, which is ongoing.


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