Reykjavik Festival City
It’s all happening in Reykjavík City –
the world’s most northerly capital!
Reykjavík City is a hotbed of activity all year round with a remarkable number of annual festivals and seasonal events attracting countless festivalgoers and media attention from around the world. Apart from the city’s superb official events, such as the Winter Lights Festival and Culture Night, there’s also a diversity of critically acclaimed film festivals, design events, fabulous fan-fests and music festivals, celebrating everything from the arrival of summer, to the city’s wealth of fascinating culture. Be it art, music, theatre or sport, there’s always a hip, wholesome and totally awesome event happening in town!
Some years ago, people realized that Iceland can be quite dreary during the darkest months, and that February is one of those months. As a result of that revelation, the Winter Lights Festival was created, specifically to combat the darkness. Over the years it has evolved into an incredibly fun, bright and sparkling festival with something for everyone. Celebrated in February each year, it always promises an array of great events, such as the Museum Night and Pool Night.
Mixes outstanding culinary skills, fresh natural ingredients, Icelandic outdoor adventure and the world-famous Reykjavik nightlife to create the ultimate recipe for fun. The core element of the festival involves world-acclaimed chefs collaborating with Reykjavik’s finest restaurants. Each chef is assigned to a restaurants, where they prepare a special menu crafted from Icelandic ingredients only, commonly held to be the best in the world by Icelanders. The menus are presented at all the restaurants for an entire week.
Showcases the best creations straight from the Icelandic design scene, with fresh, exciting, exotic and under the radar treasures. The scene is small and intimate, which means you’ll get the chance to meet all the stars of local design. From fashion to furniture, architecture to food design, the festival presents the best of the local design scene alongside exciting international names. For four days Reykjavík is transformed into a mega venue hosting hundreds of openings, events, exhibitions and parties.
Children’s culture, culture for children and culture with children, these are the three main aspects of the festival: a week long arts and culture festival dedicated to children and youth. Launched in 2010 and is already a huge success. Dedicated exclusively to children and young people in Reykjavík up to the age of 16, this annual festival strives to introduce the youth to a wide range of art disciplines through the medium of workshops and performances.
Has a focus on new commissions and the creative intersection of the arts. It brings together major cultural venues and unconventional spaces throughout the city in exhibitions and performances of contemporary and classical works, presented to the widest possible audience. The Festival is one of Northern Europe’s oldest and promotes Icelandic and international culture in all fields of art, bringing together the best in local and international theatre, dance, music, and visual art.
This colourful event brings tens of thousands of people into the city centre every year to show solidarity and have fun with the gay community in Reykjavik. People of all genders, friends, relatives, and a fast growing number of tourists, all come together to celebrate and support universal human rights. Our cosy little pride, originally visited by some fifteen hundred onlookers, has blossomed and evolved into a colourful six day celebration that attracts up to 100 thousand guests from all over the world.
Takes place all across Reykjavík with celebrations in city streets and squares, in museums, businesses and even in residential gardens! The event’s slogan “come on in!” is a reference to those good old fashioned customs of hospitality. A permanent fixture in the annual calendar of events in Reykjavík and marks the start of the city’s cultural year, when museums and theatres and other cultural institutions launch their annual programme of events.
A critically acclaimed international music festival showcasing the hottest new international bands and the best up-and-coming Icelandic artists. It started out as a one-off gig in an airplane hangar back in 1999, with only 5 bands, but now it has established itself as one of the hippest events on the international music festival calendar, attracting thousands of visitors from around the world, who come in search of some fresh audio dynamite and an adventure at edge of the Arctic Circle.