Reykjavik Arts Festival

Reykjavik Arts Festival (Listahát’ ’ Reykjav’k)

Late May to early June in even-numbered years
Originally called the North Atlantic Festival, this nearly three-week-long festival highlights the performing and visual arts. Vladimir Ashkenazy, the famous pianist and an Icelandic citizen, founded the festival with Ivar Eskeland, former director of the Nordic House in Reykjavik. While Eskeland was primarily interested in establishing a Nordic arts festival, Ashkenazy wanted it to be international in scope. The two men combined their goals, and the first festival was held in 1970.
Since that time the festival has seen performances by violinist Yehudi Menuhin, flutist James Galway, conductor AndrÉ Previn, bassist Boris Christoff, and the London Sinfonietta. Artists and companies from Austria, Denmark, Germany, France, Greenland, Norway, Sweden, and the United States have also performed there. The festival is well attended not only by local people but by tourists as well.
CONTACTS:
Reykjavik Arts Festival
Laekjargata 3b
P.O. Box 88
Reykjavik, 121 Iceland
354-561-2444; fax: 354-562-2350
artfest.is/default.asp?lang_id=en
SOURCES:
GdWrldFest-1985, p. 108
IntlThFolk-1979, p. 201
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Requisitioning nearly every art venue in the capital and across Iceland, the Reykjavik Arts Festival turned the whole island into an art gallery featuring mostly new work by thirty-four artists, including Carsten Holler, Lawrence Weiner, Thomas Hirschhorn, and Olafur Eliasson.
The Reykjavik Arts Festival, traditionally an exponent of the performing arts, is this year devoting itself to the visual arts with a series of specifically commissioned installations and gallery shows based on the life and art of Dieter Roth.
THE BIENNIAL REYKJAVIK Arts Festival has occasionally sponsored literary competitions, beginning in 1986, when it invited everyone who could hold a pen to send in short fiction.
Reykjavik Arts Festival, Reykjavik; (354) 561-2444; www.artfest.is; May 18-Jun 3.
Reykjavik Arts Festival, Laskjargata 3b, Box 88, 121 Reykjavik; (354) 561-2444; www.artfest.is; MAY 15-31.
Reykjavik Arts Festival, Laekjargata 3b, Box 88 121 Reykjavik; (354) 561-2444; www.artfest.is
Visitors to the Reykjavik Arts Festival this past May encountered vaporous elements that swirled around fanciful and weighty ideas.
Eliza Bent's trip to the Reykjavik Arts Festival was made possible by the generosity of IcelandAir and the Icelandic Tourist Board.
Reykjavik Arts Festival, Laekjargata 3b, Box 88, 121 Reykjavik; (354) 561 2444; www.artfest.is May 10-26.
Reykjavik Arts Festival, Laekjargata 3b Box 88 121 Reykjavik; (354) 561 2444 May 12-Jun 2