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Dark Music Days starting this Thursday

Dark Music Days is one of the country's oldest music festival. Women are prominent in the festival but the percentage of women in the Society for Icelandic Composers is very high when compared to similar associations worldwide. Buy a festival pass here.  

Múlinn-Jazzclub in February

Múlinn-Jazzclub is scheduled weekly in February. In the opening concert, music by Lennie Tristano will be played. Later in the month Trio Kjarr, Snorri Sigurðarson Quartet and ANNES will fill the stage. 

Sibelius celebration

Due to Sibelius 150th birth anniversary, Iceland Symphony Orchestra will perform a trilogy of his works. A special 20% discount is offered in the ticket office for all three concerts: 22nd January 2015: Macbeth and Kullervo, 5th February 2015: Vänskä and Third Symphonies, 12th March 2015: Helsing conducts Sibelius.

Young soloists

The soloists Baldvin Oddsson, Erna Vala Arnardóttir, Lilja María Ásmundsdóttir and Steiney Sigurðardóttir will appear in concert tomorrow with Iceland Symphony Orchestra with Torodd Wigum conducting. Buy tickets to hear the futures professionals

Jorge Luis Prats plays in Harpa

Prats will visit Iceland for the second time and perform in Harpa on 7 February as a part of the Master Pianist Series in Harpa. He will perform a sizzling hot program by Spanish and Cuban composers. Buy tickets to Prats here

Pearls of Icelandic Songs. New Year's concerts.

Enjoy Icelandic traditional songs about elves, trolls and outlaws tomorrow at 17:00 in Kaldalón. The programme is moderated in English. Click here for bookings and more dates. 

Holiday opening hours in Harpa

Harpa will be open during the holidays and the Expo Pavilion and Guided Tours will run according to schedule apart from the most sacred days. More details about Harpa opening hours

Tranquil Christmas 2014

The Icelandic Opera presents a few of Iceland's best opera singers that will get you in the right mood for Christmas. Antonía Hevesi plays the piano. Concert starts at 17:00 in the foyer of Harpa. Free entrance. 

Ticket office closed Friday noon

The ticket office will be closed from 12:00-14:00, Friday 19th December, due to a staff Christmas party. The Harpa team appreciates your consideration.  

Icelandic design exhibited in Harpa

In collaboration with Epal design, Icelandic designers will be exhibiting the most recent design that was launched this year. The exhibition takes place on the ground floor in Harpa and opening hours are: 18-19th Dec: 10:00-18:00, 20-21st Dec: 11:00-20:00 and 22-23rd Dec: 10:00-20:00.

Leif Ove Andsnes signs Cd's

Leif Ove Andsnes will be signing his release of The Beethoven Journey after the concert with London Philharmonic Orchestra tonight and tomorrow. 

London Philharmonic Orchestra arriving in Iceland today

London Philharmonic Orchestra will play in Eldborg for the first time tomorrow. The soloist is the world known Norwegian, Leif Ove Andsnes. All about the LPO concert here.

Live music and Maximus Musicus

Live music will fill the Harpa foyer all Saturdays till Christmas between 11 am - 1 pm. Maximus Musicus comes out of his mousehole and greets the children. Detailed programme here.  

The Reykjavík Chamber Orchestra

gives its annual Christmas concert featuring festive baroque music by Wassanaer, Wagenseil and Vivaldi on 7th December at 5 pm. Tickets still available here

What's on this weekend

Icelandic folk stars Ylja host a concert to celebrate their release of Commotion in Kaldalón tonight. On Saturday, Harpa guests can watch the Icelandic play, How to become Icelandic in 60 minutes, in English. On Sunday Reykjavik Big Band will swing in true Christmas spirit.  

Five performances of The Nutcracker sold out at Harpa this past weekend

Judging from these photos Harpa's guests looked pleased with the performance of The Nutcracker this weekend. Here you can see photos of St. Petersburg Festival Ballet's colourful production, accompanied by Iceland Symphony Orchestra.

Eldborg premiere of the Nutcracker

The bal­let, which sets the tone for the Christ­mas sea­son, will be per­formed by the St.Pe­ters­burg Fes­ti­val Bal­let with mu­sic per­formed by the Ice­land Sym­phony Or­ches­tra. Read the story here. Buy ticket to the Nutcracker here.

Undercurrent - Ambátt

Off Venue in Harpa. Do not miss Ambátt, a new collaboration between artists Pan Thorarensen and Þorkell Atlason. Today at 17.30 at Kolabrautin bar. Admission free.

Iceland Airwaves starts at 19:10 in Harpa

Ambátt is the first band on stage in Kaldalón tonight. The entire schedule can be found here.

Russian.girls off-venue today

Russian Girls is a band hard to google. Meet them in Kolabrautin bar on fourth floor in Harpa today at 17:30. All about the brain­child of Guðlau­gur Halldór Einars­son here.

Announcement: Guided Tours

Arctic Circle Assembly will take place this coming weekend from 30 October - 2 November. Guided Tours will therefore be cancelled during those days. Apologies for any inconvenience. 

Open ISO lunchtime concert on Friday

Iceland Symphony Orchestra gives a free lunchtime concert this Friday at 12:10 in Flói. The programme consists of music by Shostakovich conducted by Pascal Rophé. More about the lunchtime concert here.

Reykjavik Big Band plays Bob Mintzer

Reykjavik Big Band gives its yearly club-style album concert tonight at 21:00 in Björtuloft. More about the big band and Bob Mintzer.

Nelson Goerner is the next World Pianist in Harpa

Nelson is a world known Chopin interpreter but Chopin will be a part of the concert programme in Norðurljós, 2 November at 20:00. Ticketsales have begun here.  

Tickets sales for The Nutcracker start at noon today

St. Petersburg Festival Ballet will be showing The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky, played by Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Performances will be 21 - 23 November in Eldborg. Buy your ticket to The Nutcracker.

Countdown for Arctic Circle 2014

The second annual Arctic Circle Assembly will be held in Harpa 31 October - 2 November. For programme news and registration visit www.arcticcircle.org

The Iceland Expo Pavilion

The pavilion runs daily at Harpa in Reykjavik on weekdays from 10-18 and 11-18 on weekends. The pavilion has travelled from Shanghai to Frankfurt to Iceland. Tickets and more info about Expo

Múlinn - Reykjavík Jazz Club in Björtuloft Wednesday, 24 September

Get familiar with the view from Harpa at night and enjoy jazz, performed by some of Iceland's greatest. Special guest is the acclaimed singer Sigríður Thorlacius. Buy tickets here.

International conference on plastics in the marine environment

held in Silfurberg, Harpa in Reykjavík, Iceland on the 24th of September 2014. More about the conference.


Icelandic Opera lunchtime concert in Norðurljós, Tuesday 9th September at 12:15. Performers are Jóhann Smári Sævarsson bass og Jóhanna Héðinsdóttir mezzosoprano presenting pieces by Verdi, Offenbach and Rossini. Free entrance.

A new restaurant in Harpa

The restaurant on the ground floor in Harpa is being refurbished. A new restaurant, Smurstöðin, will open on 3rd September. Meanwhile, light refreshments can be bought at Kolabrautin on 4th floor from 4 pm. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Announcement: Guided Tours

Wednesday 27th August and Thursday 28th August there will be guided tours leaving at 11:00 am. Other tours are canceled these two days. Friday 29th August, guided tours will leave at 9:00 am and 11:00 am. Other tours are canceled that day. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Don Carlo performed for the first time in Iceland

This year's autumn production will be very ambitious at the Icelandic Opera - with the staging of one of Verdi's greatest operas, Don Carlo, which has never been staged in Iceland before. Ticketsales start 18th August.

Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen with Iceland Prime Minister Sigmundur David in Harpa this week

Admiring the harbour view from Björtuloft, the Secretary General of NATO, Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen with Iceland Prime Minister Sigmundur David in Harpa this week. Photo taken from Mr. Rasmussen Facebook page.

Open house ISO concert in Eldborg

The Iceland Symphony Orchestra has been invited to perform at the world-renowned Proms festival in London at the Royal Albert Hall. The ISO is holding an open house concert in Eldborg hall on Monday 18 August where guests will have the opportunity to hear the programme the orchestra will perform at the Proms. More about the programme hereTicket sales for various ISO concerts start 19th August. 

Reindeers in Harpa

The Reindeer exhibition features the beautiful reindeer and is the perfect mix between nature, culture and latest technology. Inspirational and interactive edhibition for all to enjoy. Tickets to be found here.

Pearls of Icelandic Songs

Pearls of Icelandic Songs concert series will be on in Harpa this summer. Guests interested in Guided Tours in Harpa along with a concert get a 20% discount off the concert price at the ticket office. 

Maxine Hagan gives Hatha Yoga classes in Harpa this summer

The yoga classes are open for everyone, beginners alike. Lessons will be held Tuesday mornings at 08:00. Bring along comfortable clothing, a water bottle and your yoga mat. More about free Hatha Yoga. See you there!

Shakespeare's Globe in Harpa

Shakespeare's Globe presents Hamlet in Harpa on 23rd July at 19:30. This will be the first theatre production in Eldborg- Main Hall. Globe is now on a world tour to every country in the world. Tickets for Hamlet. About Globe on tour

Harpa Chefs cook a joint Nordic dinner at a chef's conference

The Nordic Chef's Association congress in Stavanger, Taste Norway introduces a joint dinner. Courses from every Nordic country will be presented by 1000 Chefs. More about WACS 2014 here.

Come sing the National Anthem in Eldborg with Heimir Male Choir and Garðar Cortes on the National Day.

It will be lively in Harpa on the National Day, 17th June. Family entertainment. Singalong, choirs, fanfare, troubadours, circus acts, dance lessons, dance acts, musical geniuses, sailing, Maximus Musicus and lots more. Programme here

Mahler Chamber Orchestra arriving in Iceland today 13th June

The Orchestra will be playing in Reykjavík Midsummer Music Festival in Harpa this Sunday evening at 20:00. The word on the street is that they will be appearing along with their star violinist Pekka Kuusisto in places such as Kex Hostel, Slippbarinn and Kaffibarinn late this evening. 

The Art on Viðey – a free guided tour for English speaking guests

There will be a gui­ded tour on Viðey Island for English speak­ing guests on Friday 13th at 12:30 p.m. The tour guide is Heiðar Kári Rannversson, B.A. in art history and theory and M.A. in art research.The ferry leaves from Harpa at 12.00 at noon. More details here.  

Víkingur rehearses in Harpa Square

"The Shed reflects the life of a musician, that rehearses for weeks in all sorts of conditions and practices on pianos of various sort." Víkingur Heiðar will be practicing in The Shed in the afternoons in the coming week in the run up to the opening of the festival Reykjavík Midsummer Music. Here you can see pictures of The Shed.  

Podium Festival

Tomorrow 6th of June at 19:30 the musicians of Podium Festival lead their audience into the darkness in K2, Harpa's lower level basement. Audience and performers get a chance to explore their senses in a totally new way.

The Reykjavik Skyline Dinner with Phantoms of the Opera

Kristján Jóhannsson, Garðar Thór Cortes and Gissur Páll Gissurarson offer a unique feast of food and music in Björtuloft this summer. More details here

Bat out of hell a great hit in Eldborg

Due to massive demand, another show has been added on 27th June at 20:00. Ticket sales start on 5th June at 12 noon. Press here for further details.

Festival of the Sea celebrated in Harpa

Fisherman's Day will be eventful in Harpa. Maximus Musicus, Skoppa and Skrítla, a parade, live music and a Fisherman's Ball in Flói. More detailed programme here

The largest language technology conference in the world held at Harpa

The largest language technology conference in the world, LREC - Language Resources and Evaluation Conference, will be held at Harpa 26th to May 31st. The conference is expected to give Icelandic companies inspiration and ideas regarding Icelandic in digital information.

Bryn Terfel stops in the middle of his recital due to a sudden vocal illness.

The Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel lost his voice during a recital in Eldborg at Reykjavik Arts Festival. He decided not to finish the concert and announced to the audience that he would return at the earliest opportunity. A new date has already been set and Bryn will be returning to repeat the recital on 10th July. 

Tom Odell has been named Songwriter of the Year at the 2014 Ivor Novello Awards

The 23-year-old singer-songwriter, whose 2013 record Long Way Down topped the UK chart in July, will be playing at Harpa on June 26th. Only few tickets left. Buy now.

Oyama and Jordan Dykstra Friday May 23rd at 17.30 - Free Entrance

Different musical currents at the Undercurrent. Oyama is a young Reykjavik band that plays marginal rock in the spirit of the tenth decade. American musician Jordan Dykstra opens the concert at 17:30.

Reykjavik Big Band playing tonight, 19.5.2014

Tonight's concert will premiere music by three members of the band, Kjartan Valdemarsson, Snorra Sigurðarson and Hauk Gröndal. Music by Haukur Gröndal is inspired by Icelandic folk music which makes it slightly untraditional for a big band but yet not too unconventional. 

Eve Fanfest 2014 begins May 1st.

EVE Fanfest takes place on May 1st- May 3rd in Harpa.  The festival and conference celebrates the tenth anniversary of the game and over 1500 international attendees are expected. Over 80 international journalists are in Harpa documenting the fanfest. 

Elvis in Eldborg

Elvis Presley will be performing in Eldborg stage via state-of-the art video screens singing lead vocals backed by a live band, singers and an orchestra. Few tickets available for the extra show on April 23rd at 21:00

Hjaltalín perform in Eldborg main hall - few seats left

Icelandic band Hjaltalín who have enjoyed enormous success in recent years will be performing in Eldborg on April 16th. This is the first band of the younger Icelandic generation to host such a large concert in Harpa. Only very few seats are still available. 

Spirit of Humanity Forum April 10-12

The Spirit of Humanity Forum is a new global network of organisations, communities and individuals committed to catalyse effective systemic change in governance and decision-making, based on core human values. The Forum, which takes place in Harpa between April 10th - 12th creates a safe space for deeper encounter, exploration and dialogue among leaders to discover new ways to move forwards.

Harpa lit in blue to support international autism day

The seventh annual World Autism Awareness Day is April 2, 2014. Every year, autism organizations around the world celebrate the day with unique fundraising and awareness-raising events. The LED lights in Harpa will be blue today and until April 6th to support this cause, as will several buildings in Reykjavík.

Spectacular fashion in Harpa

Reykjavík Fashion Festival took place in Harpa on Saturday where several Icelandic designers showed their fall/winter collections for 2014. Here you can see some photographs from the shows. 

Hönnunarmars hefst í dag og RFF á næsta leiti

Hönnunarmars hefst í dag og DesignTalks, fyrirlestradagur HönnunarMars í Hörpu markar upphaf hátíðarinnar.  Einvala lið alþjóðlegra hönnuða og arkitekta flytja erindi á fyrirlestradeginum. Þar verða ný hlutverk hönnuða og arkitekta í brennidepli og hönnun skoðuð sem leiðandi afl á tímum breytinga, í óvæntu samhengi og samstarfi. Reykjavik Fashion Festival er hafinn en í kvöld verður sýning 2.árs fatahönnunarnema við Listaháskóla Íslands í Norðurljósum. Á laugardaginn verða svo aðalsýningarnar á RFF sem standa yfir allan daginn.

Design March begins today

DesignMarch opens in Harpa today with DesignTalks, a day of talks by leading international design thinkers.Dealing with Reality brings together international designers, architects and leaders from the creative industries to explore designers and architects as visionaries, strategists and future thinkers when addressing real world challenges in different contexts. Calvin Klein is one of the speakers. Reykjavík Fashion Festival takes place in Harpa on Saturday with various fashion shows throughout the day.

Musicians rally for Icelandic nature

The concert Stopp - protect the park which took place in Eldborg main hall on Tuesday was extremely successful. The concert, which sold out, raised 35 million ISK altogether for Icelandic nature including a donation from the Pálmi Jónsson nature protection fund for 24 million ISK. The event was held in collaboration with Darren Aronofsky who premiered his film Noah that same night. Amongst the artists performing were Björk, Patti Smith and Lycke Li. 

Harpa selected as one of 15 most beautiful concert halls in the world

Harpa has been selected one of 15 most beautiful concert halls in the world by building data company Emporis.The Hamburg-based company has put together a list of what it's calling the world's most spectacular concert halls.Sidney Opera house does not make it to the list. More on the story HERE. 

Björk and Darren Aronofsky announce premiere of Noah and charity concert featuring Björk, Patti Smith, Of Monsters and Men and more

On Tuesday, March 18, the film Noah will have a premier in Egilsbio Cinema and later in the evening there will be a charity concert in Harpa's Eldborg hall, where musicians will perform in support for conservation of Icelandic nature. Performing are Björk, Patti Smith, Of Monsters and Men, Retro Stefson, Mammút, Samaris and Lycke Li.The film Noah was shot in Iceland in the summer of 2012 and the producers took great care not to cause any damage to the nature of Iceland. All artists will donate their work and the net income will be donated to INCA and Landvernd. Tickets go on sale on March 4th.

Over 35 thousand people visited Harpa this weekend

Over 35 thousand people visited Harpa this weekend and a variety of events took place including a food market, the premiere of the new Icelandic opera Ragnheiður and the Food and fun festival.

RAGNHEIÐUR - the Icelandic Opera premiered on Saturday

A brand new Icelandic Opera, Ragnheiður, by the composer Gunnar Þórðarson and librettist Friðrik Erlingsson, will have its world premiere on the 1st of March.The opera is based on true historical events that took place in Iceland in the mid 16th century. Due to great demand for tickets, an additional date has been added. Tickets available HERE.