Author: Ciarán Daly - The Reykjavik Grapevine

The Heart Of Darkness In The Age Of Bullshit

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There’s been much (some) made in British discourse of the phenomenon of cupcake fascism. If you’ve ever been to London,…

Bringing A Small Town To Life With The Power Of Cinema

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As Hollywood’s current in vogue shooting locale, the Icelandic countryside is increasingly becoming a presence on multiplex screens across the…

The Merchants’ Weekend Lowdown

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In Iceland, every first weekend in August is a bank holiday known as Merchants’ Weekend. With many Icelanders getting three or…

Opening Today: ‘Still Life’

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“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” So…

A Quiet Riot: Documenting Iceland’s Constitutional Reform

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In the years following the financial crash, a popular narrative of a ‘new’ Iceland emerged. This was an Iceland which had solved…

BREAKING: Arachnoid UFO Spotted Over Tjörnin

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A UFO has been spotted hovering over Tjörnin in Downtown Reykjavík. Initially seen on the LiveFromIceland video feed, the object has…

Hanging out At Café Flóra with Ólöf Arnalds

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Café Flóra (Flóran) is an unassuming—but rather beautiful—little place, way out in the wastelands of Reykjavík botanic gardens (in 105…

Now Ongoing: ‘Nowhere Else’ curated by Sirra Sigrún

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Earth is a tiny speck of dust basking in the midnight sun of the endless cosmic night. Fancy that, huh? Inspired…

Happening Tonight: Mammút/Samaris At Gamla Bíó

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Two of Iceland’s hippest bands unite to put on a concert by themselves, without any label or bookers, just for…

A Day In The Life Of Friðrik Dór Jónsson

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As part of our Day In The Life series, we caught up with Friðrik Dór, local RnB artist and co-owner of…

#ATP15 Final Night Review: Muddy Lineup

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If, like me, you haven’t paid attention to Pitchfork in the last few years, pickings for Saturday night could easily…

Opening Today: ‘Nowhere Else’ Curated By Sirra Sigrún

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Earth is a tiny speck of dust basking in the midnight sun of the endless cosmic night. Fancy that, huh?…

#ATP15 First Night: Not Too Stabby

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On the festival itself: The layout and setting of ATP is pretty weird—I mean, if you’re like me and spend a…

Happening Tonight: Ultraorthodox Album Release Party

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Come on down to Húrra for the launch of Ultraorthodox‘s new album, ‘Vital Organs’. An album of two acts (“A…

Happening Tonight: Halleluwah Album Release Party

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Duo Halleluwah are bringing the electronic garage—and the psychedelic kitchen sink to boot—on the back of their critically acclaimed eponymous…

The Boys’ Club: Men Are Strong And Carry Around Big Cameras?

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On May 13, a new billboard went up outside Kolaportið. As billboards go, it was pretty good. It used an…

Opening Today: ‘Two Strong Women’ by Júlíana Sveinsdóttir & Ruth Smith

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Breaking into the visual arts in the early 1900s was no easy feat if you were a woman, or if…

Happening Today: Reykjavík Midsummer Music Festival

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Curated by acclaimed pianist Víkingur Ólafsson, the Midsummer Music Festival is billed as a “Playground of Ideas”—and with over ten…

People Are Just Not Very Famous In Iceland

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Okay, full disclosure: I am from Britain. The British have a very weird (read: unhealthy) relationship with ‘fame’ and those who…

Happening Today: National Day

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This national holiday marks the secession of Iceland from Denmark in 1944, and with it the liberation of Icelandic people…

Opening Today: ‘Me And My Mother’ By Ragnar Kjartansson

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Has your mother ever spat on you? Ragnar Kjartansson’s has. In fact, she’s spat on him every five years since…