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.
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.
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.
Food and Fun is held for the thirteenth time this year between February 26th - March 2nd. The core element of the festival involves world-acclaimed chefs collaborating with Reykjavik's finest restaurants. Each chef is assigned to one of the participating restaurants, where they prepare a special menu crafted from Icelandic ingredients only, commonly held to be the best in the world by Icelanders. The menus are presented at all the restaurants for an entire week. The festival's grand finale takes place with a contest in Harpa on Saturday March 1st. Guest chef at Harpa's Kolabrautin restaurant during the festival is Allessandro Gavagna from La Subida in Italy.
The next concert in the Múlinn Jazz Club concert series will take place on Wednesday evening, February 26th in Björtuloft reception hall. Appearing are the ASA trio which is comprised of organist Agnar Már Magnússon, guitarist Andrés Thor Gunnlaugsson and Scott McLemore on drums. Tickets available at the Harpa box office.
The Northern Lights have been especially vivid in the last few weeks. North Sailing will be offering magical Northern Lights sailing trips departing from Harpa this week. A guide will tell you about this natural phenomenon and the surrounding landscape and hot chocolate and cinnamon buns will warm you up on the trip. North Sailing also offer warm overalls for all passengers. Children are welcome. For more details click HERE.
The Reykjavik Wind Quintet (Hallfríður Ólafsdóttir, flute; Daði Kolbeinsson, oboe; Einar Jóhannesson, clarinet; Jósef Ognibene, horn; Darri Mikaelsson, bassoon) and Peter Maté, piano, premiere a new piece by Icelandic musician Högni Egilsson on Sunday. Egilsson is one of Iceland's brightest musical stars and is a member of the band Hjaltalín. Högni's piece is called "Tetiana Chornovol's moment" and is inspired by Ukranian journalist and activist Tetiana Chornovol. Tickets available here.
Múlinn jazz club hosts its first concert of the spring concert series on Wednesday February 19th. All Múlinn concerts will take place on Wednesdays in Björtuloft reception hal on the 6th and 7th floor of Harpa which offers stunning views.
ONE BILLION RISING FOR JUSTICE is a global call to women survivors of violence and those who love them to gather safely in community outside places where they are entitled to justice . Harpa is such a place on Friday 14th of February when UN women organise a lunchtime dance in Harpa in collaboration with Sónar Reykjavík and Lunchbeat. Last year over two thousand men, women and children danced for the rights of women in Harpa and UN Women hope that this year even more people will join the event. The music will be in the hands of DJ Margeir and the event takes place on the ground floor at noon.
Sónar Reykjavík starts this Thursday and is held in Harpa for the second time.
Artists performing include Major Lazer, Paul Kalbrenner,Trentemøller, GusGus, Bonobo, Ryuichi Sakamoto & Taylor Deupree, James Holden, Diplo, Jon Hopkins, FM Belfast, Hjaltalín,Daphni, Evian Christ, Kölsch, Sísý Ey, Ojba Rasta, Kiasmos, When Saints Go Machine, Gluteus Maximus, Vök, Eloq, Moses Hightowerand many, many more. Festival passes are still available HERE.
Olafur Eliasson has created a new light concept for the glass facade of Harpa, titled Holding hands with Reykjavik, 2014. The ligth concept is developed on the occasion of the Reykjavík Winter Lights Festival 2014. This new light sequence will be premired at the inauguration of The Reykjavík Winter Festival on February 6th and is included in an event titled „Architectural lighting- an art walk through Reykjavík“ which the general public can attend free of charge.
A feast of pure Colour, Motion and Sound. Non-representational Art takes the lead at Reykavík Visual Music – Punto y Raya Festival, which will take place from January 30th to February 2nd 2014 at HARPA Concert Hall and Conference Centre. The programme features live performances by major artists like Ryoji Ikeda and Ryoichi Kurokawa; specially commissioned opening concerts by Sigurður Guðjónsson + Anna Þorvaldsdóttir & Bret Battey + Hugi Guðmundsson; guest Austrian and Polish Film panoramas, and the selected works in the international live set & short-film Competitions, which brought together nearly 500 artists from 46 countries. Watch a trailer HERE.
Icelandic pianist Víkingur Heiðar Ólafsson is interviewed by Fréttabladid today where he talks about the forthcoming concert on Tuesday night where Philip Glass premieres his work The Etudes in Harpa on January 28th with Ólafsson and Maki Namekawa from Japan. Ólafsson says that he is extremely honoured to be performing with Philip Glass who he finds a remarkable composer. "I have never performed minimalism before so Glass is a good start."
Harpa proudly present Wynton Marsalis who will be performing in Eldborg main hall on July 4th accompanied by the Jazz at the Lincoln Centre Orchestra. The concert is organised by Harpa in conjunction with the Reykjavík Jazz Festival . Ticket sales begin on February 15th.
Christmas Eve December 24th - closed from noon (12:00) , box office open 10:00- 12:00
Christmas Day December 25th - closed
Boxing Day December 26th - open, box office open
December 31st - closed from 14:00 box office closed all day
New Years Eve- closed
Philip Glass will premiere his work The Etudes in Harpa on January 28th with Icelandic pianist Víkingur Heiðar Ólafsson and Maki Namekawa from Japan. He conceived the work as a set of twenty works for solo piano in order to expand his piano technique. In the 1990’s Glass composed sixteen of the etudes with each taking a unique approach to the instrument. After a decade, the final four piano etudes have been commissioned in celebration of Glass’ 75th birthday year, premiering in Perth, Australia on February 16, 2013. The complete set of The Piano Etudes will be performed in this concert by Philip Glass and the guest pianists in an evening of master piano works for the 21st century.
The annual designer's Pop-Up market will be held in cooperation with Epal in Harpa on November 30th - December 1st and December 7th and 8th. The market is situated on the ground floor and is open from noon until 6 pm both weekends.
A feast of pure Colour, Motion and Sound. Non-representational Art takes the lead at the first edition of Reykavík Visual Music – Punto y Raya Festival, which will take place from January 30 to February 2nd 2014. More on the festival here www.puntoyrayafestival.com
Paul Lewis is internationally recognised as one of the leading pianists of his generation. He will be performing in Norðurljós recital hall on November 26th as part of Harpa's Masterpianist series.
This exhibition shows both the results of the 2013 Prize as well as works that have been selected by the juries over the years, composing a timeline of the development of European architecture during the last quarter of a century.More here
The second and third (last) performance of Swan Lake is today, Wednesday at 5 pm and at 8 pm. Here is an image of the dancers of the St.Petersburg Festival Ballet rehearsing in Eldborg main hall.
Harpa, in association with Nordursigling will be offering sailing trips and parties aboard the scooner "Opal" this winter. Please contact our conference department for further details.
Crowds attended Harpa's off-venue programme at Iceland Airwaves, Undercurrent. Amongst the bands playing were Apparat Organ Quartet, Ghostigital and Singpore Sling. Here you can see further images.
"The big news here is Reykjavik’s dazzling new Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center." Rick Steves writes about Harpa in an article on Iceland. Read the whole article here:
Iceland Airwaves takes place on October 30th - Nov.2nd. The festival is sold out. Undercurrent, the Harpa concert series in collaboration with 12tonar music store hosts an ambitious off-venue programme on two stages within Harpa, as well as a special Undercurrent boat by the harbour on Friday and Saturday. Amongst the bands playing at our off-venue are Apparat Organ Quartet, Singapore Sling, Ghostigital and Dream Central Station. Find the schedule here
The Faroese Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 30th anniversary this year with a tour which leads them to Harpa. The orchestra will perform works by Elgar, Tchaikovsky and Rasmussen. Admission to the concert is free but tickets should still be obtained from the Harpa box office.
Girl's brass band Vedbæk Garden from Denmark visited Harpa on October 15th and marched around the building with an impressive sounding of trumpets.
Polar bears from Greenpeace chilling in the sun outside Harpa
The lights in the facade of Harpa concert hall and conference centre will become pink from October 11th to October 17th to support the Pink Ribbon campaign for breast cancer awareness. Harpa wants to show its support in this symbolic way and this is of course done with the full support of and in cooperation with Studio Olafur Eliasson.
Gennady Rozhdestvensky is one of the most renowned conductors of the present day and he will be conducting the ISO on Thursday night. Appearing with the maestro is his wife, pianist Viktoria Postnikova. The programme features three of the cornerstones of Russian music literature: two of Rimsky-Korsakov’s masterworks and Shostakovich’s Symphony no. 10, which is viewed as the composer’s settling of accounts with the Stalinist era in the Soviet Union.
Major Lazer, the world-famous Diplo's production which continues to spearhead the current dancehall revival movement is one of the confirmed artists of the Sónar Reykjavík festival in February.
Angel Gurría, secretary general of the OECD, was on an official visit to Iceland last week. He was the main lecturer at the conference „The Future Ain´t What it Used to Be“ – 20 years of Competition Law and the Challenges Ahead“. Gurría came on an an informal visit to Harpa on Friday and received a tour of the building by Director Halldór Guðmundsson.
Harpa has received the respected LEAF architectural awards as Best Public Building of the Year. The jury said that " this stunning community building both dramatically transforms and revitalises the harbour and brings the city and the harbour closer together. Its crystalline structure inspired by Icelandic landscapes and traditions reflects in its façade created by Eliasson the light from the city, the ocean and the sky in a fascinating way," and added that ," The building was still in progress when the economic crisis hit and its financial backer went bankrupt, but the Icelandic government bravely decided to invest in it because literature, culture and music are sectors they want to support. The 28.000 m2 concert hall comprises four music and conference halls that will be a huge asset.
The ICES Annual Science Conference will be held in Harpa on the , 23–27 September 2013. The conference will bring together nearly 700 participants from all over the world. It provides an opportunity for marine scientists, stakeholders and students to exchange and share their experiences, new ideas, and research results, and discuss the practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted.
Due to an annual staff day Kolabrautin restaurant will be closed on Sunday. Munnharpan restaurant will be open until 5 p.m on Sunday.
Finnish-Swedish " A cappella" group Leveleleven is a project comprised of groups Rajaton and The Real Group. They begin their tour of the Nordic countries in Harpa tonight with a spectacular show in Eldborg main hall. An example of their work can be seen here