his Sunday, October 30, Reykjavik’s iconic Hallgrímskirkja church is hosting a concert to celebrate the 25 years since its inauguration in 1986, though the church has a history going much further back than that…
THE WORLD CHOCOLATE MASTERS FINAL begins in Paris today. Finalists from 19 countries are competing for the title, Iceland’s pastry chef/chocolatier extraordinaire Ásgeir Sandholt among them. I was lucky enough to meet Ásgeir last week as he prepared for the competition. In Paris, participants must demonstrate their interpretation of this year’s theme—Cacao, the gift of [...]
ICELAND AIRWAVES CLOSES FOR ANOTHER YEAR On the streets of Reykjavik this morning, the sound of Iceland Airwaves had been replaced by a chorus of suitcases being wheeled along the footpaths, as more foreign visitors than is usual for a typical Monday morning headed home.
Sinéad O’Connor. With two nights left of Airwaves 2011, I fear nothing will top Sinéad’s performance at Fríkirkjan last night. It’s the first time I’ve seen her live. Heard her. Experienced her! I didn’t even consider myself a particularly avid fan. Until now. Apart from the music itself, I loved all the little things you [...]
Here are a few snapshots from Airwaves last night. My favourite act was Borko at the Reykjavik Art Museum (Hafnarhús). Why is it that if really loud music is also really good, my ears are suddenly fine with the volume?! Performing live, Borko hits exactly the right balance between indie rock, acoustic and… Borko-esque.
After a bright and sunny day yesterday, Iceland Airwaves is kicking off today with a splash in the Reykjavik rain. The festival officially begins tonight, but there are also many off-venue events, starting at 1pm this afternoon with GUS GUS at Kex. After that I’ll be heading to Kaffibarinn where one of my favourite local [...]
You probably already know that Reykjavik has a solid music scene most days of the week, but this is an especially happening time of year as the city gears up for its annual Iceland Airwaves festival. Whether it’s a popular time to release CDs, or if new releases simply get more press during this time, [...]
As I left the ‘Center for Puppet Arts’ in Borgarnes (less than an hour’s drive from Reykjavik) I felt as though I’d just visited another world, inhabited by strange wooden creatures. A sleepy place, waiting for us human guests to laugh and clap and pull a few strings, but perhaps (it’s nice to imagine at [...]
ICELAND’S KNITTING CRAZE AND THE WONDERS OF ICELANDIC WOOL. For many years, belonging to a ‘sewing circle’ in Iceland meant many things that invariably had little to do with sewing. But in the past few years, sewing circles have become more true to their moniker, and knitting in particular has become so popular it’s now [...]