The Reykjavík Arts Festival is held every year in May, with this year’s festival scheduled for May 18 – June 3. The festival is one of Northern Europe’s the oldest and most respected arts festivals, offering a range of concerts, theater performances, exhibitions, dance and opera. In combination with its focus on Icelandic culture, past and present, the Reykjavik Arts Festival has hosted many outstanding international artists and performers.
This year’s program is classical yet progressive, as new creations within every genre will be premiered. Additionally, festival attendees can expect exciting collaborations between artists, art fields and audiences. The program will feature grand performances of classical pieces and pop music pioneers make their mark on this year’s festival. Original theater and dance performances will take place across the city, and a large-scale international art project will take over the city’s art venues this spring. Hundreds of artists are involved in the festival, from Russia, Spain, France, the Baltic Countries, Switzerland, Britain, Germany, USA, and all the Nordic countries, as well as Iceland.
A sampling of events from the festival includes:
- Arcadi Volodos – Harpa
- The Reykjavik Chamber Orchestra Plays Bach Suites – Harpa
- Lieder Recital: Pregardien & Eisenlohr – Harpa
- BUIKA – Harpa
- Peer Gynt – National Theatre
- Bastard – A Family Chronicle – Reykjavik City Theater
- Anna, Tinna, and Two Grand Pianos – Harpa
- (I)ndependent People
- The Jukebox – National Theatre
- Readings in Writers’ Homes in German – Kristin Marja
To view this year’s full program, click here.