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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.

Alessandro Gavagna from La Subida is guest chef at Kolabrautin

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.

ASA jazz trio perform on Wednesday night

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. 

Northern lights sailing tours from Harpa

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. 

Guided tours are cancelled on February 24th

Undercurrent today: Kælan mikla + Russian.girls. Admission free.

Russian.girls is the brainchild of Guðlaugur Halldór Einarsson who is one of the members of Captain Fufanu. His material is a lot more esoteric and could be described as a mixture of electronic, loounge and ballads. Kælan mikla is a girl band performing gloomy poetry-punk. Undercurrent is a concert series organised by Harpa in collaboration with 12tónar. The aim of the series is to support the grassroots in Icelandic music and present underground bands , some brand new and some more established. The concerts are at family friendly hours and everyone is welcome. Tonight's concert starts at 17.30 and admission is free.

New piece by Högni Egilsson premiered on Sunday

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 Jazzclub in Björtuloft reception hall this Wednesday night

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 rises in Harpa

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 2014

Sónar Reykjavík starts this Thursday and is held in Harpa for the second time. 

Artists performing include Major LazerPaul Kalbrenner,TrentemøllerGusGusBonoboRyuichi Sakamoto & Taylor DeupreeJames HoldenDiploJon HopkinsFM BelfastHjaltalín,DaphniEvian ChristKölschSísý EyOjba RastaKiasmosWhen Saints Go MachineGluteus MaximusVökEloqMoses Hightowerand many, many more. Festival passes are still available HERE. 

UTmesssan - technology conference open to the public on Saturday

The purpose of the UTmessa is to highlight the importance of information technology and its effects on individuals, businesses and Icelandic society alike. The fair will be open on Saturday too with free enterance where all of the biggest IT companies in Iceland will take part. The fair is open to the public and the organisers  hope to see professionals and families alike take part with events that hopefully will generate an interest of the younger generations in the IT branch.

New Light Concept for Harpa by Olafur Eliasson premiered at the Winter Lights Festival

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.  

Punto y Raya festival this weekend

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. 

Víkingur Heiðar: "An honour to perform with Philip Glass"

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." 

Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at the Lincoln Centre Orchestra in Harpa on July 4th.

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. 

Dark Music Days 2014 – Tickets now available!

Dark Music Days are pleased to announce that tickets for the festival are now available!The festival pass costs 11.900 kr/ 9.900 ISK with or without the opening concert featuring the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra and can be purchased here http://en.harpa.is/events

Christmas Opening Hours

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 in Harpa - Ticket sales begin on Tuesday December 17th.

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.

Only few tickets left for Russel Brand

Russel Brand is completing his half-year journey through the world with a stand-up in Eldborg in Harpa on the 9th and 10th of December. Only few tickets left.

Designer's Pop-Up Market

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. 

Reykjavík Visual Music · Punto y Raya Festival

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 performs in Harpa

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.

Constructing Europe: 25 Years of Architecture : exhibition on The Mies Van der Rohe Award

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

Swan Lake performances today

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. 

Pirate ship located at Harpa harbour

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 attend Undercurrent at Airwaves

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. 

Rick Steves on Harpa

"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:

Undercurrent at Airwaves - Off-venue schedule in Harpa

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’s 30th anniversary

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.

Danish brass band marches around Harpa

Girl's brass band Vedbæk Garden from Denmark visited Harpa on October 15th and marched around the building with an impressive sounding of trumpets. 

Greenpeace demonstrate outside Arctic Circle Assembly

Polar bears from Greenpeace chilling in the sun outside Harpa

Global leaders gather for Arctic Circle Assembly in Harpa

The Arctic Circle Assembly takes place in Harpa from October 12th to October 14th. Anticipated to be the largest and most diverse gathering of its kind, with more than 900 participants from 40 nations ; all eight Arctic nations including Russia and the United States as well as France, China, India, Germany, Brazil, the Republic of Korea,Indonesia and Singapore. Among the speakers are Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google,Artur Chilingarov, Explorer and Special Envoy of President Vladimir Putin to the Arctic and Michel Rocard, former French PM. Up to now, most Arctic conferences had been rather small and specialized," President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson of Iceland recently told CNN. "But the issues they talked about are all interrelated in important ways. There is therefore a need to create a forum where all the different constituencies, whether they were policy, experts or business constituencies >are able to come together."

Harpa supports the Pink Ribbon campaign

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 in Harpa

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.

Sónar festival announces first artists today

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 visits Harpa

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 receives yet another award

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

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.

Kolabrautin closed on Sunday

Due to an annual staff day Kolabrautin restaurant will be closed on Sunday. Munnharpan restaurant will be open until 5 p.m on Sunday. 

An outstanding A cappella group performs in Eldborg main hall

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