Reykjavik Arts Festival 2005

About the Festival

The Reykjavik Arts Festival has been held biannually since 1970 and annually from 2004.  The Festival is one of the oldest and most respected arts festivals in Northern Europe. The Festival is organised by an Artistic Director, appointed by the Board. The three Board members are appointed, respectively, by the Minister of Culture and Education, the Mayor of Reykjavik and the Festival´s Council of Representatives.

The Festival is financed by the Government and City Council, box office income and private sponsoring, and presided over by the Minister of Culture and the Mayor of Reykjavik on a rotating basis.

Mr. Vladimir Ashkenazy, one of the founders of the Festival, has been the honorary president from the beginning. Patron is the President of Iceland, Olafur Ragnar Grimsson.

The purpose of the Festival is to promote Icelandic and international culture in all fields of art. Festival programmes offer a variety of selected concerts, theatre, exhibitions, dance and opera performances. Along with its focus on Icelandic culture past and present, the Festival has hosted many outstanding international artists and performers.

Reykjavik Arts Festival is a member of European Festivals Association, EFA.

Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, President of Iceland

Honorary President:
Vladimir Ashkenazy

Steinunn Valdis Oskarsdottir, Mayor of Reykjavik

Thorgerdur Katrin Gunnarsdottir, Minister of Culture and Education

Festival Board:
Halldor Gudmundsson, Chairman
Ingimundur Sigfusson, Vice-Chairman
Karolina Eiriksdottir, Representative

Artistic Director:  Thorunn Sigurdardottir
Executive Director:  Hrefna Haraldsdottir


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