Five months have passed since the new concert and conference center Harpa opened on Reykjavík’s waterfront, and already more than 350,000 people have visited the center, which exceeds the country’s population of approximately 320,000.
Harpa by night. Photo by Geir Ólafsson.
The number of visits also exceeded the expectations of Harpa’s executives by 30 percent, a press release states.
Visitors to Harpa are counted every day and the number of those attending special events at the center is also taken into account, such as concerts, conferences and sight-seeing tours.
The center has proven popular both among conference and concert organizers, as have the events scheduled there; the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra which is based at Harpa saw a 70 percent year-over-year increase in the sale of annual tickets.
Upcoming events in Harpa include Björk’s Biophilia concerts, which are part of Iceland Airwaves festival which begins next week and are long sold out, and the Icelandic Opera’s premiere of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” on October 22.
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