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Reykjavík Arts Festival 2015 kicks off today

By Staff

  • Vertical dancing Bandaloop was founded by choreographer and artistic director Amelia Rudolph.

Reykjavík Arts Festival (Listhátíð Reykjavíkur) will kick of for the 29th time today May 13th. The title of this year’s festival is “First Part”, and is dedicated to the creative work of women.

The Festival will open  with a performance by dance group BANDALOOP (see video below), which weaves choreography and the art of climbing to turn the dance floor on its side. In other words, the dancers perform in harnesses on cliffs or walls of buildings. In Reykjavík they will scale and dance the walls of Aðalstræti 6, in the centre of the capital.

Reykjavík Arts Festival is held every year in May and is one of Northern Europe's oldest and most respected arts festivals. For two to three weeks it presents, to the widest possible audience, exhibitions and performances of contemporary and classical works. The artists perform in major cultural venues and also in unconventional spaces throughout the city.

More than 400 artists will participate in or contribute to this year’s program. Among them are The Guerrilla Girls, the masked American feminist group that has been shaking up the art world at home and abroad since its first street-art posters started appearing in New York in the 1980´s. For Reykjavík Arts Festival the Guerrilla Girls have created a new billboard, which will be unveiled in the city centre on the festival’s opening day. They will also make an appearance in full jungle drag on the festival’s closing weekend.

Icelandic women celebrate a 100 years anniversary of their right to parliamentary vote in 2015, hence the dedication to the art of women. Next year’s festival, “Part Two”, will also be dedicated to women.

The festival is from May 13 to June 7. Full program and tickets at

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