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Eistnaflug.

Idiots Not Allowed!

The Eistnaflug music festival is underway for the twelfth time in the town of Neskaupstaður in East Iceland. The festival slogan, ‘Don’t be an idiot’, is meant as a reminder to festivalgoers to behave themselves, or risk the festival being cancelled.

Reykjavík Pride Parade, President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson

Two-Day Rendezvous with Politicians Begins

The second annual Fundur fólksins (‘The People’s Meeting’) begins in the Nordic House in Reykjavík today and continues through September 3. This is an opportunity for members of the general public to meet with officials and leaders of interest associations.

Iceland Airwaves 2016 logo.

Iceland Airwaves Highlights Hip Hop

Organizers of the 2016 Iceland Airwaves festival have unveiled new line-up additions from Reykjavík’s vibrant hip hop and rap scene alongside international newcomers Seratones, Lowly, Connor Youngblood as well as the influential hip-hop group Digible Planets.

Tjaldur (oystercatcher).

Birdlife in Reykjavík Honored

A special Bird Week kicks off in Reykjavík today, the purpose of which is to raise awareness of the diverse birdlife which exists within city limits and the importance of Reykjavík for the welfare of Icelandic birds.

Landbrot by Helgi Hrafn Jónsson.

Seltjarnarnes Culture Festival Begins

The 2015 Culture Festival of Seltjarnarnes, a neighboring town of Reykjavík, kicked off yesterday with the opening of exhibitions dedicated to the songs of the women’s rights movement on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the women’s suffrage in Iceland.

Tale of Tales.

Tale of Tales Opening Film at RIFF

The opening film at Reykjavík International Film Festival (RIFF) 2015 will be Tale of Tales by Italian director Matteo Garrone, starring Salma Hayek and John C. Reilly, as recently announced. RIFF opens on September 24 and runs through October 4.

Sparrows still shot

‘Sparrows’ to Compete at San Sebastián

The movie Sparrows (Þrestir), written and directed by Icelandic film director Rúnar Rúnarsson, has been chosen to compete in the main competition at the San Sebastian International Film Festival.

Swamp Soccer

Today is Merchants’ Holiday

Today is Merchants’ Holiday (Frídagur verslunarmanna), a public holiday celebrated annually in early August in Iceland, always on a Monday. People of all professions use the long weekend preceding it, known as the Merchants’ Weekend (Verslunarmannahelgi), to travel to the countryside and...

Reykjavík Gay Pride

Viking Ship, no Nudity in Reykjavík Pride Parade

Icelandic pop singer Páll Óskar Hjálmtýsson will ‘sail’ on a Viking ship “for the Icelandic settlement queens” in this year’s Reykjavík Pride parade, which will take place on August 8. Páll Óskar also stated that there will be no “tits and asses” in this year’s parade.

Iceland Airwaves in Harpa, 2013

More Artists Announced for Iceland Airwaves

The latest round of artists for this year’s Iceland Airwaves were announced yesterday: Mercury Rev, SOAK, Lucy Rose, JME and Aurora, taking the lineup total to 46 acts including 31 Icelandic artists.

GusGus performing at the 2015 Secret Solstice festival.

Wu-Tang Clan Close Secret Solstice Festival

The second annual Secret Solstice outdoor music festival in Laugardalur valley, Reykjavík, came to an end with a concert by veteran rappers Wu-Tang Clan in fair weather yesterday. Approximately 10,000 people attended the festival, of whom 2,500 came from abroad.

Ice tunnel in Langjökull.

Party in Glacier at Secret Solstice Festival

The event ‘Into the Glacier,’ presented as “the world’s first party underneath a glacier,” will take place in the new ice tunnel in Langjökull in West Iceland, Iceland’s second-largest glacier, on June 20 as part of the Secret Solstice music festival.

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