Five Years Ago

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Hooray! We turned ten this year. For a humble street rag like Grapevine, turning ten is a pretty big deal—we…

IT’S REALLY EASY: JUST DON’T RAPE PEOPLE!

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In the past three months, people across the world have united in a global protest against stereotypical ideas that the…

An Offer You Shouldn’t Refuse

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Located on the outskirts of Iceland, the Westfjords’ lighthouse Galtarviti has inspired Icelandic musicians, artists and writers for years, as…

Waking Up in Wonderland

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After a two-hour drive from Dublin, a group of Electric Picnicers, myself included, arrived at Stradbally Hall in Laois County…

Sky’s the Limit

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Iceland’s rivers aren’t only perfect for fishing or picturesque to watch. Many times a month, a small group of adventurous…

White-water Fun!

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The boathouse was crowded with people putting on wetsuits when a group of friends and I arrived at Arctic Rafting’s…

Never Underestimate the Power of Play

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Reykjavík based game developing company CCP was founded in June, 1997. In May 2003, the company launched its first Massively Multiplayer…

Getting Spooked

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“We’ll see if the lights work when we’re inside the cave and out of the daylight,” the guide told us…

Investigating The Icelander

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Dublin-based artist Fergal McCarthy is currently staying in Reykjavík for a one-month artist residency. Grapevine met him at his studio,…

Three Years of Fashion

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Last weekend, designer shop The Naked Ape celebrated its three-year anniversary. Owned by designer Sara María Eyþórsdóttir, the shop has…

French Fries and Religious Symbols

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“My work is modern, it’s funny but it’s also very spiritual. It’s a play of many things blending,” says South…

Loads of Visual Fun!

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The second issue of Rafskinna DVD Magazine was released on July 3, stuffed with all kinds of visual entertainment. Published…

Europe’s Largest National Park Established

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On June 7, after years of preparations, Vatnajökull National Park was formally founded. The park is Europe’s largest national park…

Painting the National Pride

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Artists Davíð Örn Halldórsson and Alexander Zaklynsky bring together a group of 12 artists in a diverse and highly stimulating…

Buy Icelandic Design Online

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To make Icelandic design more accessible to worldwide shoppers, two local pioneers with an eye for quality products, Kjartan Sturluson and…

Organ Theme-market

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Every Friday and Saturday this summer, a lively outdoor market will fill the port in front of bar/concert venue Organ…

Graduation Exhibition

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1. “‘Góða mamma’ (Mommy Dearest) is an installation and video where a giant ball of yarn is grotesquely placed upon…

Amiina

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Let’s start with the obvious first question. What’s going on with Amiina? María: There are plenty of things. Too many…

Interpreting the Icelandic Psyche

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“My pictures are silent descriptions, staging melancholy, fragility and nobleness of the ordinary life,” says French photographer Thomas Humery. On…

The Faroese Islands

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At the same time local celebrities toasted their victories at the Icelandic Music Awards, Faroese musicians invaded Organ with a…

Ó Restaurant

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Ó Restaurant, located at Hotel Óðinsvé, opened in February after the previous establishment, restaurant Siggi Hall, closed its doors. Ó’s…

The Underground Kids of Ukraine

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“The girl injecting herself in the video was notorious on the streets of Odessa. She was an amazing girl. One…

Anti-racists Unite

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For how long has the Anti-Racist Movement been operating? Since September 2006. That’s when we got permission to found the…

Art n’ Roll

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Egill Sæbjörnsson is one of Iceland’s leading young artists. For the past nine years, he has been based in German’s…

Iceland’s Winter-Sports Capital

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It was already dark when I reached the top of the mountain for one last ride. The weather was calm….

Jesus Christ Rockstar

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Excitement filled the air inside The Reykjavík City Theatre minutes before the premiere of Jesus Christ Superstar. There is no…

Valencia Tapas Bar

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Located on Vitastígur, (a side street off Laugavegur), Valencia Tapas Bar opened its doors a little over a month ago….

Last Call: Sirkus is Closing

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“Of course I’ll miss this place. I mean, where else can you find such a good vibe on a Sunday…

Back to the Beginning

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American artists Marguerite Keyes and Scott Alario recently opened an exhibition at Gallery Lost Horse on Skólastræti 1, a small…

The MOMS Parade

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The audience squirted ketchup on us, threw oatmeal and dog food at us and screamed in anger. We weren’t sure…

Singing Painting at Nylo

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Can you start by explaining what this exhibition is all about? Ragnar: The exhibition is named ‘God’. The walls inside…

A Buffet of Quality Icelandic Designs

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The interior design exhibition and trade show ‘Home and Design’ takes place for the second time at the new Laugardalshöll…

Spreading the Love

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The Icelandic Love Corporation is celebrating its 11-year anniversary with an extensive retrospective inside the Reykjavík Art Museum on Tryggvagata….

National Museum of Iceland

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Established in 1863, the National Museum ofIceland has been located in a spacious buildingon Suðurgata since the 1950s. The museum’scollection…

Right Vibe, Wrong Headliner

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A diverse mix of concertgoers flocked to bar Organ on a Wednesday evening. Four bands were about to perform but…

Icelandic Art in Iran

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Last June, a group of 16 artists from nine different nationalities flew to the Iranian capital Teheran to work on…

From the Editor’s Chair

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It’s hard to deny that public drinking in Iceland becomes more visible over the summer when the 24-hour daylight motivates…

The Festival Where Everyone is a Superstar

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While 10,000 Icelanders headed to the Westman Islands for the annual national celebration ‘Þjóðhátíð’ during last week’s Verslunarmannahelgi (The Merchants’…

From the Editors Chair

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If you are a newly-arrived visitor to Reykjavík, you might have noticed the happy-casual feel that has taken over the…

Bringing Art to the Public

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‘Miðbaugur og Kringla: Leisure, Administration and Control’ is the name of a collaborative exhibition of 11 visual artists that will…

Seabear: A Fully-fledged Team

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The lo-fi country pop group Seabear will be among the many acts performing at the annual Innipúkinn music festival, taking…

Le Rendez-vous

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A little over a week ago, a new fine dining destination, restaurant Le Rendez-vous, opened its doors in the city…

The Maritime Museum

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Located only metres from the old harbour, the Reykjavík Maritime Museum might seem uninteresting on the outside. On the inside,…

Café Flóra

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The Reykjavík Botanical Garden (Grasagarðurinn), located in the Laugardalur valley, is truly a hidden oasis in the city. Established in…

Classic Toys Return

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Back in the old days, Icelandic children couldn’t run out to the next over-stuffed toyshop to stock up on plastic…

A Long-Awaited Music Hang-Out

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Inga Sólveig Friðjónsdóttir was scouting for a nice spot for her new bar and concert venue when she stumbled upon…

Rock Fest Eistnaflug

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For the third time around, the annual rock festival Eistnaflug will take over the town of Neskaupsstaður on July 13…

Representing a New Generation

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Director Rúnar Rúnarsson has been an active member of the local film industry since secondary school, when he started his…

A Super-slow Evening

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The electro duo Isan was finishing their set when I arrived at Iðnó theatre on a Tuesday evening where the…

Iceland: A Hot Server Spot?

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Global Internet giants and computer corporations such as Microsoft, Yahoo!, Cisco and Google are showing a growing interest in Iceland…