682 kilometres from the capital city in the eastern fjords, the quaint town of Seyðisfjörður plays host to a high dose of art and culture during its 8th annual LungA, or young artists’ festival on July 15–22.
This year more than 70 foreign participants from six countries will take part in the festival that director Aðalheiður Borgþórsdóttir says she hopes will be “a melting pot of cultures from all the kids participating.” The festival’s art program stretches throughout the week with daily workshops from 9–17, ending in a celebration with all the festival participants on Friday.
The workshops are tailored to young people between the ages of 16–25, hoping to attract artistic youth from throughout Iceland and abroad, and will instruct in circus performance, urban funk, jazz, & infusion dance, STOMP (led by Mínus drummer Björn Stefánsson), DJ-Sound infusion (led by Gísli Galdur of Trabant and Curver of Ghostigital), animation, clothing design, and visual arts. In the past, additional activities have included clothing design competitions, belly dancing for all ages, a song competition and afro for everybody.
The week will conclude with a huge music event beginning on Friday, July 20 with a warm-up concert featuring Without the Balls, Miri, Tony the Pony, Foreign Monkeys and Lada Sport and concluding on Saturday with a concert featuring Trabant, Mínus, Jeff Who?, Bloodgroup and Skátar. This year’s line-up is considerably shorter than last year’s, which included a hefty eight bands. Ívar Pétur Kjartansson, one of the festival organisers, says that this year’s concert has been shortened by an hour and each band allowed a longer set to feature them more prominently.
Youth In Action will sponsor the festival this year, making the workshops completely free. However, tickets to the giant music fest cost ISK 2,800. The concert is expected to be the biggest single musical event ever to be held in eastern Iceland. LungA sets a new record every year.
For more information visit www.lunga.is or www. myspace.com/lungafest. To register for the festival workshop call 861-5859 or email email@example.com, Tickets for the concert are on sale in all Skífan stores in Reykjavík, in Bt stores around the country and online at www. midi.is.