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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.

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