Reykjavík Arts Festival
Reykjavik Arts Festival is an annual multidisciplinary festival with a special focus on new commissions and the creative intersection of the arts. For two weeks every year it presents, to the widest possible audience, exhibitions and performances of contemporary and classical works in major cultural venues and unconventional spaces throughout the city.
Since its inception in 1970, Reykjavík Arts Festival has invited hundreds of artists from all parts of the globe to perform or exhibit at the festival. Through this activity, the festival has helped to create a vast network of connections between national and non-national artists, been a catalyst for the creation of new works and a major force in the development of cultural diversity in Iceland.
The Reykjavík Arts Festival was founded in 1969 by the Ministry of Culture, the City of Reykjavík and the Federation of Icelandic Artists, on the initiative of conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy, who remains its honorary president, and Ivar Eskeland, then director of the Nordic House in Reykjavík. It was held biannually from 1970 to 2004 and annually after that.
In the context of the Reykjavík Arts Festival, hundreds of artists from all parts of the globe have performed or exhibited in Iceland. It is one of the oldest and most respected arts festivals in the Nordic countries.