The theme of the 2018 festival is "HOME". The theme gives a layer of meaningful context and depth to the selection of the festival and connects and mirrors otherwise unrelated events in new and exciting ways.
Legendary actor and icon Bill Murray surprises his fans one more time. He joins up with three outstanding classical musicians and brings us this unusual mixture of European classical music, American literature and showtunes which are all dear to Bill Murray. Concerts will take place in the award winning Harpa Concert Hall on 14-15 June 2018.
The Icelandic Opera will perform Brothers - The Opera by Daniel Bjarnason in cooperation with Den Jyske Opera and Iceland Symphony Orchestra at Reykjavík Arts Festival 2018. The opera is based on the film Brothers by Susanne Bier and has received excellent reviews in Denmark. Performance will take place in Harpa Concert Hall on 9 June 2018. Video trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7md8wjIKv4
Iceland Symphony Orchestra performs Mahler's 2. Symphony "Resurrection Symphony". Conductor Osmo Vänskä knows Mahler's musical language better than most, having recently recorded this work with the Minnesota Orchestra. The Motet Choir of Hallgrimskirkja Church appears here in expanded form and soloists are Christiane Karg and Sasha Cooke. Performed in Harpa Concert Hall 1 June 2018.
Robert Wilson is one of the most influential theatre directors of our time. His work is widely known for it's visual aspect and technical accuracy and EDDA bears witness to that. In this production of Oslo's Norske Teatret, EDDA meets the visual language of Robert Wilson and is unlike anything seen before in Iceland's theatres. Performed in The Reykjavik City Theatre 16-17 June 2018. Video trailer: https://vimeo.com/208323703
This extensive exhibition contains work by artists who have been influential in Icelandic art history from the beginning of the 20th century to the present time. Some of the work is brand new, created especially for this exhibition. Exhibition takes place in Reykjavik Art Museum, Hafnarhús 1 June – 30 September 2018.
The renowned Iceland Dance Company premieres this brand new performance for the whole family: "Loco and Kicks - An Electric Story". In the aftermath of the most exciting birthday party, Loco and Kick's house is an absolute mess. Then an unexpected guest shows up. Who is he? Where on earth did he come from? Should they be afraid? Performed in The Reykjavik City Theatre 2-3 June 2018.
Reykjavik Art Museum (The old harbour warehouse – Hafnarhús) will host the hub for Reykjavik Arts Festival in 2018. The hub will be a pop-up bar, especially designed for the festival by a local artist/designer.