Posts by Jane
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the ‘Day of Icelandic Language’ without realising there is also a ‘Day of Icelandic Music’ (dagur íslenskrar tónlistar) – tomorrow, December 1. So if you happen to be in Iceland this week, tune your radio to any station at all at 11.15 am tomorrow, and you will hear […]
It’s lovely to be able to read books in their original language, but one good thing about reading Icelandic books in translation is that those available in English (and other languages) have been translated precisely because they are either classics, very good, very popular, or all of the above.
REYKJAVIK ARTS AND CRAFTS FAIR The Icelandic Crafts and Design institution (Handverk og Hönnun) often holds exhibitions and fairs that provide a chance to see some of the best of Icelandic craft and design all in one location, often including products that aren’t commonly available in mainstream shops. Last weekend it held just such an […]
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ICELAND AIRWAVES CLOSES FOR ANOTHER YEAR On the streets of Reykjavik this morning, the sound of Iceland Airwaves had been replaced by a chorus of suitcases being wheeled along the footpaths, as more foreign visitors than is usual for a typical Monday morning headed home.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.