Icelandic participation at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017

The annual Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Edinburgh International Festival open today, celebrating arts and culture over three weeks with thousands of exciting performances on offer in Scotland's capital. Two Icelandic stand-up comedians take part in this year's fringe Fringe and one celebrated Icelandic opera singer at the International Festival.

Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Ari Eldjárn: Pardon My Icelandic

Ari Eldjárn is Iceland's biggest stand-up comedian. Born and raised in Reykjavik, he debuted in 2009 with his local comedy group Mið-Ísland, which is the highest selling stand-up act of all time in Iceland. He has done numberous TV specials, performed with the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra and opened up for Ari Shaffir, Bill Byrr and Ed Byrne. Pardon my Icelandic is his Edinburgh debut.

When: August 4-8, 10-22, 24-27.
Where: Heroes at Monkey Barrel (Venue 515)
Book tickets here.

Helgi Steinar: Stateless
Born in Iceland, educated in the US, grown a beard in China; Helgi Steinar has now found himself in Edinburgh trying to understand the world he left behind. Helgi Steinar's last special debuted at the 2015 Manchester Comedy Festival and this year will be his first performance at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The show is ideal for anyone interested in world affairs, politics and the daily struggles of living abroad and trying to fit in.

When: August 14-18, 21, 24-25
Where: Laughing Horse at The Free Sisters (Venue 272)
Book tickets here.

Rokkur Friggjar: Hero
Icelandic theatre group Rokkur Friggjar brings the show 'Hero' to the Fringe. What drives young people to join violent organizations? How does the atmosphere in which we grow change us as people? A show about the effects constant propaganda has on young people, focusing on war propaganda in particular. It follows eight youths through 10 years of their lives, seeing how their relationships, dreams and plans are affected by a war that ranges around them.

When: August 10-14
Where: Upper Church at Summerhall (Venue 26)
Book tickets here.

Underbelly and Head First Acrobats: Elixir
A headline act at the Underbelly's Circus Hub, award-winning 'Elixir' is a circus with a difference! Lit by Icelandic lighting designer Fridthjofur Thorsteinsson, the story follows three enthusiastic and acrobatic scientists who attempt to create the elixir of life. The mayhem that follow is a beautiful mix of incredible acrobatics and impeccable comic timing.

When: Aug 10-13, 15-20, 22-26
Where: Underbelly's Circus Hub on the Meadows (Venue 360)
Book tickets here.

Edinburgh International Festival

Don Giovanni
Icelandic bass Kristinn Sigmundsson stars as Commendatore in Mozart's Don Giovanni.

When: 9-12 August 2017
Where: Festival Theatre
Read more here.

Are you an Icelandic artist or theatre professional participating at the Fringe? Let us know! Drop us a line on kristin@mfa.is

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