From Iceland — Grapevine Picks: RIFF, Her Voice Conference, Spontaneous Art And More

Grapevine Picks: RIFF, Her Voice Conference, Spontaneous Art And More

Published October 1, 2021

Grapevine Picks: RIFF, Her Voice Conference, Spontaneous Art And More
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Her Voice/Facebook

When there’s so much going on, it’s hard to know where to settle your eyes. Luckily, the Grapevine Crew is here to set the focus for you. Here’s our picks for the most interesting events coming up around town.

Her Voice 2021

  • Saturday October 2nd
  • Borgarleikhúsið
  • Cover Charge ISK 1.000-1.500
  • More information here and tickets may be purchased here

Her Voice/Facebook

Non-profit organisation Her Voice (Hennar Rödd) is dedicated to raising awareness and elevating the voice of women of foreign origin living in Iceland. On October 2nd, their annual conference will be held at Borgarleikhúsið, focusing on issues related to the health faced by these women. Those set to speak include a Somali women’s rights activist, a Moroccan interpreter in the healthcare sector as well as the First Lady of Iceland, Eliza Reid, among many other inspiring women.  The cost of the conference alone is ISK 1.000 but if you want to also become a member for the 2021 operating year, the cost is ISK 1.500.

RIFF Festival 2021

  • Until October 10th
  • Multiple locations
  • Cover Charge: varies depending on the pass/event
  • More information here

Photo from RIFF´s Facebook Page

The Reykjavík International Film Festival is here again, for the 18th time! This year, a special focus will be on music in the movies, and Dutch films. The majority of the screening and events will take place in Bíó Paradís and the Nordic House. The festival includes many special events–such as swim in cinema, BDSM introduction, and wine tasting with Zimbabwean refugees–included in the program. Different types of festival passes and single tickets to the events are sold here.

NEXT & RASK Festival

  • Friday October 1st
  • Mengi
  • Cover Charge ISK 2.000-3.000/1.500-2.500
  • More information here

Image by NEXT & RASK

NEXT festival and RASK Collective present a festival for spontaneous arts. The performance is made by 10 artists from Iceland, Norway, and Slovakia who all took part in an artist residency focused on improvised arts at Mengi. They will share the outcome of the project at two shows on Friday, the first starting at 18:00 and the second at 21:00. Doors open 30 minutes before, and the event will continue at an afterparty at Stereo bar. Note that students get a discounted price!

The Oldest Spark

  • Until October 16th
  • Y Gallery
  • More information here

Y Gallery/Instagram

Energy can be explosive, but it may also be subtle. Regardless–demure or dynamic–it courses around us every day. Whether it’s fluttering between two bodies or coursing between currents, Elísabet Brynhildardóttur reminds us of that and in doing so, begs us to consider even the most minute implications of that very first spark.


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