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