Icelandic Photography Festival - January
The most exciting event for photography lovers, amateurs and professionals alike. Through this festival, the Icelandic Contemporary Photography Association aims to create a lively forum for discussing and exploring the photographic medium as an art form. Every January the city hosts numerous photography exhibitions, artists’ talks and lectures, portfolio reviews and a photo-book evening.
Winter Lights Festival - February
This festival is an annual event held on February 4th-7th celebrating both winter and the growing light after a long period of darkness. The program is a mixture of art and industry, environment and history, sports and culture. Our personal favourites are the light-art installations all around the city.
All events are free of charge.
Design March - guess when?
Iceland’s most important annual design festival covering all fields of design, including architecture, graphic design, fashion, furniture and product design.
Over four days, Reykjavik fills up with creative energy with about one hundred exhibitions, workshops and countless events spread across the city.
EVE online Fanfest - April
For three days the Fanfest brings together players from all over the world in a massive celebration of the game EVE Online.
Gamers and developers gather for presentations, tournaments and roundtables, as well as for parties, pub crawls and concerts.
Reykjavík Art Festival - May
The Arts Festival is an annual multidisciplinary event with a special focus on new commissions and the creative intersection of the arts. For two weeks every year it presents exhibitions and performances of contemporary and classical works in major cultural venues and unconventional spaces around the city.
Through various activities, the Festival has helped to create a vast network of connections between national and non-national artists, been a catalyst for the creation of new works and an innovative force in the development of cultural diversity in Iceland.
Secret Solstice - June
A fast-growing music festival showcasing both established artists and exciting up-and-coming talents in the midnight sun of the summer solstice. The Festival is set to deliver a unique party atmosphere filled with great entertainment for any taste.
A few big names from the past editions? Massive Attack, Wu-Tang Clan, FKA Twigs, Radiohead, Deftones, Die Antwoord.
Reykjavík Pride - August
The most colourful event in town, bringing together thousands of people willing to show their solidarity and have fun with the LGBT community.
The parade gets bigger and more fabulous every year, each participating group conveying some socially-relevant message.
Reykjavík International Film Festival - September
RIFF takes place every year in late September for eleven days. A major independent film event designed to enrich local cinema culture with international ground-breaking films, as well as to present Icelandic filmmaking to a larger international audience.
The Festival shows a wide range of drama and non-fiction movies from over 40 countries and encourages the interaction of film with other art forms by organizing concerts, photo exhibitions and more.
Iceland Airwaves - November
The Airwaves is regarded as the biggest celebration of music in Iceland. Held annually, in early November, it spans five days and its main focus is showcasing new music, both Icelandic and international.
From concerts in tiny record stores and art museums to cool bars and beautiful churches, Airwaves-goers can expect to soak up the festival atmosphere in some of the city’s most unique venues. Awesome stuff indeed!