The Reykjavík Arts Festival begins today, with music, drama and visual arts continuing over the next two and a half weeks all over the city.
The festival begins with a parade from Harpa to city hall, which lasts from noon to 13:00. The formal opening will be had at Harpa at 18:00, with Retro Stefson playing and dancers performing.
The official site for the festival, in English, can be found here. Highlights include performances by Bryan Ferry, a new interpretation of Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea, many celebrated Icelandic writers giving readings of their works in their own homes, and much more. The full programme of events can be found here. Tickets for separate events can also be purchased through that page, if needed, although there will be many exhibitions and happenings which do not require admission fees.
Although the festival has been held every two years since 1970, it has recently gained popularity, and has been held annually since 2004.