12.5.2010 -

Reykjavík Arts Festival Kicks Off

The 40th Reykjavík Arts Festival kicks off today, Wednesday 12 May, and will continue until 5 June.

This time round the Festival's programme includes over 60 events that represent all artforms.  Icelandic artists display new and unexpected dimensions of their art, often in collaboration with artists from abroad. As has always been the festival's hallmark, international superstars and up-and-coming artists, in addition to leading Icelandic artists, will perform at the festival. This year the Festival is also characterised by events that bring together more than one artform and erase the conventional borders that separate them.

Ticket prices are kept very reasonable and admissions will range from one thousand ISK to approximately five thousand ISK. Several events will be free of charge.

The Reykjavik Art Festival opens with a bang with Amadou & Mariam from Mali and their band, performing their unique  Afro-Pop fusion in the Laugardalshöll Arena. Among other highlights are the concert of the Norwegian piano soloist Leif Ove Andsnes who will perform with Christian and Tanja Tetzlaff and an operatic feast with Kristinn Sigmundsson who will perform his favourite opera arias with The Iceland Symphony Orchestra and the Opera choir.

Click here to view the full programme in English (pdf).

More info and ticket sales on the Reykjavík Arts Festival website.