Get Bored With Baldessari At Nýló

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John Baldessari is a revered conceptual artist who has inspired dozens of other big names. Now, his touch will be…

Static in the Air, Words on the Page: Or Type at DesignMarch

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Last Thursday, the first night of DesignMarch, central Reykjavík was humming with openings of various types. Among them was the…

A Boy Becomes Less Of A Boy In Rúnar Rúnarsson’s Sparrows

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Much buzz surrounded the Reykjavík International Film Festival premiere of ‘Sparrows’ (‘Þrestir’), director Rúnar Rúnarsson’s second feature film. It begins…

UNCOVERED: Gerri Griswold’s Sordid Affair With Iceland!

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If you happen to find yourself in Winchester, Connecticut at just the right time this month, you can observe some…

Case Study: Ísafjörður As Safe Haven For Persecuted Families

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In 1996, the people of Ísafjarðarbær welcomed thirty refugees into their community with open arms. After a period of preparation,…

A Brief History Of The Traveller’s Tattoo (In Iceland, At Least)

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With the burgeoning population of Icelandophiles and ever-increasing popularity of tattoos, it should come as no surprise that souvenir tattoos…

Theatre: Alice’s Adventures In Nordic Wonderland

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We all know the story of Alice in Wonderland, whether it’s from watching the classic 1951 Disney animated film, or the…

Future Perfect

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On “The Story Island,” a fresh young crop of writers is busy carving out a space, making way, creating a…

Pu$$y, Money, Guns

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Lord Pu$$whip brought the gangsta life to Reykjavík last at Þjóðleikhúskjallarinn. He did this in a truly Icelandic fashion: via styrofoam…

A Show In An Art Gallery??

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Kría Brekkan packs a powerful punch with her tiny voice. Catching her at Kaffistofa, the art space turned off-venue venue…

Poetry Takes Over Harpa

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Ásta Fanney Sigurðardóttir, what a woman! Having interviewed her for the current feature story of Grapevine (in stores now, soon…

What To Do When Disaster Strikes At Airwaves

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If you lose you wallet/phone/heirloom jewellery at Airwaves, your first instinct is probably going to be PANIC. As soon as…

Tölting Through The Lava Fields

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“This is Stormur,” says the German staff member at Íshestar as she hands me the reins of my horse for…

Urbanization On Paper: A European Narrative

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Spark Design Space has a clean minimalist facade, a welcome place to rest your eyes next to the garishly painted…

Justin Timberlake, A Review

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Eight million sweating preteens were packed into Kórinn Sports Hall in Kópavogur on Sunday, August 24, all for one purpose:…

A Secret Show In A Secret Place

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“Hey, you guys want to come to my show this Thursday? I can put you on the list.” This was…

Old Masters, New Dude

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He’s young—only 36—but creates his work using the same methods that artists employed hundreds of years ago. His techniques are…

Land Of The Sodium Sun

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The Icelandic winter is supposed to be dark and fierce with a view of the stars and sometimes the Aurora…

Creativity For All

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Set in the glacial crevasse town of Seyðisfjörður, the music and arts festival LungA is a buzzing hive of creativity…

What’s The Best Thing About Reykjavík In One Or Two Sentences?

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Alda Sigmundsdóttir Author and blogger The first thing I think of is Grótta with the lighthouse, in Seltjarnarnes, near the…

Best Cats Of Reykjavík

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For anyone who has spent even a week in Reykjavík, it’s clear that cats are ubiquitous within the city. Some…

Icelandic Dating In An Instagram

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Early one morning after some drinks, Alex Brown Instagrammed a picture that inspired our cover this issue. A Minnesota native…