Air d’Islande 2012 commences in Paris

The Icelandic culture festival Air d’Islande introduces Parisians to music, film and modern art from Iceland until April 15. The festival is being held for the fourth year in a row and the programme is more varied than ever.

In addition to the festival’s traditional programme in Paris, Air d’Islande 2012 offers Icelandic cultural events in the town of Chessy-sur-Marne, including a concert with For a Minor Reflection and a screening of the film Ikingut by Gísli Snær Erlingsson. This addition to the festival was initiated by the town council of Chessy, which reflects the considerable attention Air d’Islande has attracted in recent years.

Furthermore, the number of events in Paris has increased. Renowned Icelandic artist, Rúrí, will exhibit her works at the festival and a veritable feast of Icelandic music will be staged at the concert venue Point Ephémère on April 14-15. For a Minor Reflection, Reykjavik!, kimono, Kria Brekkan, Lazyblood and Snorri Helgason will take the stage at Air d’Islande’s two concert soirées in Paris.

The festival’s film programme includes screenings of Brim by Árni Ólafur Ásgeirsson, Mamma Gógó by Friðrik Þór Friðriksson and a number of short films by Icelandic directors, e.g. Sailcloth by Elfar Aðalsteins. In addition, movies about Icelandic music will play an important role, as festival guests will be given the opportunity to see the critically acclaimed documentary Grandma Lo-Fi, Reykjavik Rafmögnuð, which takes the pulse of electronic music scene in Reykjavik, and the Sigur Ros movies Inni and Heima.

Those interested can access the festival’s full programme at its new webpage,

Air d’Islande is organised in close cooperation with the Icelandic Embassy in Paris, Icelandair, Inspired by Iceland and Visit Reykjavik.

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