Of Monsters and Men Perform Seven New Songs

Icelandic alternative rock band Of Monsters and Men (OMAM) performed seven new songs from their upcoming sophomore album at “an intimate gathering” for select journalists and music industry representatives at Henson Studios in Los Angeles on Thursday evening.

English-Language Radio Iceland on the Air

A new Icelandic English-language radio station, Radio Iceland, went live last week, broadcasting news about Iceland, weather updates, information on road conditions and Icelandic music, along with interviews with noteworthy people and stories about Iceland.

Icelandic Music Award Winners Announced

The winners of the annual Icelandic Music Awards were announced in a ceremony in Harpa on Friday evening. The Rock Album of the Year was In The Eye of The Storm by Mono Town, while Prins Póló won the Pop Album of the Year for Sorrí.

Life in a Fishbowl Wins 12 Edda Awards

The film Life in a Fishbowl (Vonarstræti, 2014) directed by Baldvin Z took home 12 Edda Icelandic Film and TV Academy awards on Saturday, including for Film, Screenplay, Director, Cinematography and Editing. 

Jóhann Misses Out on Oscar

Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson, who was nominated for an Oscar for his music in The Theory of Everything, missed out on the award at the ceremony last night. Instead, Alexandre Desplat took home the award for his music in The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Today is Women’s Day!

People traditionally don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day in Iceland, although its popularity is growing. It falls between two other romantic days: January 23 was Bóndadagur (‘Husbands’ Day’), and today it’s the women’s turn to be pampered on Konudagur (Woman’s or Wives’ Day).

European Film Festival Opens in Reykjavík

The inaugural Stockfish European Film Festival opens in Bíó Paradís cinema in downtown Reykjavík this evening with a screening of drama/thriller Blow Fly Park, directed by Jens Östberg and starring Icelandic actor Sverrir Guðnason.

Nordic Council Literature Prize Nominations Announced

Two Icelandic books are among those nominated for this year’s Nordic Council Literature Prize: Novel Fiskarnir hafa enga fætur (‘The Fish Have No Feet,’ 2013) by Jón Kalman Stefánsson and book of poems Skessukatlar (‘Giant’s Kettles,’ 2013) by Þorsteinn frá Hamri, as announced this morning.