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The Reykjavík Arts Festival

Published May 5, 2006

The Reykjavík Arts Festival

In Reykjavík, summer gets ushered in in the best way possible, with flocks of artists from around the world. Beginning May 12th, everything from Harold Pinter lectures to Bulgarian vocal choirs to Anders Widmark concerts, from South African vocalist and humanitarian Miriam Makeba’s final European performance to Minnesota humorist Garrison Keillor’s breakout movie role, all will be commonplace in Reykjavík, just things you can do in your spare time.
The festivals require a guide and careful planning. To help, bilingual programmes are available at the downtown library and various public buildings, and there is a website with some English on it ( We can make our guess as to the highpoints: Miriam Makeba’s performance at Laugardalshöll on May 20th, Mr. Keillor’s show A Prairie Home Companion at the National Theatre on May 16th, the opera Le Pays at the Reykjavík Art Museum May 27th, to say nothing of the ever-popular We Are All Marlene Dietrich show by the Icelandic Dance Company, and performances by Mugison and Benni Hemm Hemm. If you have a dedicated genre in the arts, you’ll find a star performer.

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