Harpa Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre offers the best facilities for concerts and conferences north of Alpine mountains. Harpa has received numerous awards and prizes. Harpa was chosen one of the best concert halls of the new millennium by the prestigious music magazine Gramophone magazine and was chosen the best performance venue in 2011 by Travel & Leisure magazine. Autumn 2012 Harpa received the prestigious award as the Best MICE Centre in Northern Europe.
Numerous concerts have been held in Harpa from the opening of the building. Diversity is at the forefront and all musical genres can find home in Harpa. Numerous music festivals have been held in the building including Iceland Airwaves, Reykjavik Midsummer Music, Dark Music Days, Reykjavik Arts Festival, Reykjavik Jazz Festival, Sónar Reykjavík, Tectonics and Harpa International Music Academy. Harpa is the home of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Icelandic Opera and the Reykjavik Big Band that hold numerous concerts annually which are very well attended.
Harpa is a powerful conference centre that has established itself internationally. Among the international conferences that have been held in Harpa from the opening are EUWIN 2011, EABCT 2012, STS XXVI Congress 2012, You Are in Control, VestNorden, Peace Congress in Reykjavik, Poptech 2012, Via Nordica 2012, EOS 2013, Pen International 2013, Artic Circle 2013, World Congress of Esperanto 2013, LREC 2014, the Eve Online Fanfest 2012, 2013 and 2014, ConneXion 2014 and Spirit of Humanity Forum 2014.
Harpa is in demand as a venue for various events as the usability of the building is countless. Harpa Catering Service plays a important role in achieving excellence. Among the major events and exhibitions that have taken place in the house are Læknadagar, UT Messan, Design March, Reykjavik Fashion Festival, Reykjavík Chess Tournament 2012-2017, Nike Sneakerball, Food and Fun, Expo Pavilion, Wild Reindeer in Iceland, Pop-up Market, Búrið Christmas Food Market, Yoga Soundscape, painting and art exhibitions, vehicle premieres, weddings and other banquets.
Entire orchestras, dance and theatre groups have visited Harpa. Berliner Philharmoniker played in Harpa led by Sir Simon Rattle, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra sounded, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, St. Petersburg Festival Ballet danced the Swan Lake and Shakespeare's Globe Theatre brought us Hamlet. Among the international artists and musical icons that Harpa has presented are Kraftwerk, Dionne Warwick, Cyndi Lauper, Jamie Cullum, Bryan Ferry, Tony Bennett, the German tenor Jonas Kaufmann, pianist Maria Joao Pires and Maxim Vengerov, violinist and conductor. Among well-known Icelandic musicians who have appeared in Harpa include Björk, Bubbi, Stuðmenn, Nýdönsk, Hjaltalín and Mugison.
Harpa represents two concert series; Master Pianists series in Harpa where various world known pianists appear in concerts and the Undercurrent, starring bands and artists from the periphery scene. Harpa grants an annual award, the Upbeat, a prize for children and youth compositions.
Harpa Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre is designed by Olafur Eliasson, Henning Larsen Architects and Batteríið Architects. Harpa has won multiple awards for architecture including Mies van der Rohe in 2013, Best public space - Arkitekturmassan Awards 2012, World Architecture Award 2010.
In Harpa there are two restaurants, Munnharpan on the 1st floor and Kolabraut on the 4th floor as well as Harpa Catering Service. Harpa shops offer a great range of music, Nordic design, books, flowers and other gift items. They include 12 Tónar, Epal and Be Inspired. Guided tours of the building are available daily.