The Eyrarrós awards have announced that the 2015 edition is open for applications.
An annual event that celebrates Icelandic arts projects born outside of Reykjavík, Eyrarrós carries with it a grand prize of 1.65m ISK (€10,719). Whilst that might be a drop in the ocean when it comes to the costs of running an arts project, it’s certainly better than a kick in the teeth – and with Iceland’s first lady Dorrit Moussaieff as its patron, the award also provides a healthy publicity boost for the shortlisted entrants.
Last year’s Eyrarrós marked the tenth anniversary of the fund, and was won by the 132 tonne oak ship Huní II, which caught the public imagination by temporarily became a seagoing tour-bus. Iconic Icelandic musician Mugison, along with the ship’s crew and a variety of musical friends, circumnavigated Iceland aboard the Huní II, stopping off to play music in coastal towns and far-flung island communities alike.
Other previous winners have included the Skaftfell arts centre in Seyðisfjörður, and the Aldrei For Ég Suður, Breiðslan and LungA music and art festivals, to name just a few.
If you’re part of a project that fits the bill, the application deadline is midnight on February 8th, 2015, and applications can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information, take a look at the website of the Reykjavik Arts Festival.
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