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June 2017

We land in Reykjavik


Harpa is one of the most impressive buildings in the skyline of the capital of Iceland. On 18, 19 and 20 February Harpa will host Sónar Reykjavik and the first Icelandic edition of Sónar+D, featuring renowned artists of the Icelandic cultural scene.

The Exhibition area will be dedicated to music technology local creative projects. Highlights of this area include Björgvin Tómasson, the only one pipeorgan builder in Iceland –Tómasson built a gamelan-celesta hybrid exclusively for Björk, called Gameleste– or, a vinyl pressing solution that has become essential for the local community of record labels.

Conferences, talks and round tables will be held at the Congress area, such as ‘Women in Music‘, a conversation that will be joined by celebrated DJs and producers The Black Madonna and Ellen Allien, and local artists like DJ Yamaho, Courtesy and Salka Sól. Also social media and pop culture expert Oliver Luckett will talk with the DJ and owner of the most famous web design firm in Iceland Margeir Ingólfsson (Gluteus Maximus, Gus Gus) about the role of social media in connecting audiences with festivals. Then, BAFTA winner and half of Kiasmos Ólafur Arnalds will discuss with local composer Péttur Jonsson about his works.

A spectacular art intervention will be carried out on the Harpa façade all three days of the congress – a light installation by artist Atli Bollason that will transform the façade of the concert hall into a musical instrument that can be played by the users.

Sónar and Sónar+D attendants will be able to join in the classic ‘Build Your Own Mute Synth‘ workshop by Dirty Electronics.

Sónar pass grants free access to all the Sónar+D activities. Check the rest of the programme of the Icelandic edition of the International Congress of Digital Culture and Creative Technologies here.


Photo credit:
Harpa Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Center. Sara Ackerman (CC BY 2.0)