About the Festival

The Reykjavík Fringe Festival was just an idea tossed around among three friends over dinner one evening in December 2016. Amazingly, within two weeks, the festival was well underway. The team had grown and the festival had itself become a part of the Nordic Fringe Network. But the festival grew too rapidly and the directors decided to postpone Reykjavik Fringe 2017. Now we’ve learned from our mistakes, and, with an even stronger team, we’re ready to roll out the first Reykjavik Fringe in July 2018!

From July 4 to July 8, the Reykjavik Fringe Festival will welcome artists from near and far. Our home base is Tjarnarbíó, but we’ve got a number of fabulous venues on offer. Our main sponsor this year is the fabulous Hlemmur Square.

This year’s programme is edgy. It crosses genres, borders. It’s packed with entertainment that’ll make you think about the world in a new way. Our motto? Playful, adventurous, daring.

Artists call - Please read our Artist Guidelines!


What is this Fringe everybody is talking about?

The Fringe concept stems from Edinburgh’s first International Festival in 1947, where eight theatre companies turned up uninvited to perform. Since the "official" festival was already using the city's major venues, these companies staged their productions in smaller, alternative venues. 

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe has far outgrown its original size, and now encompasses all art forms--not just theatre. Fringe Festivals now exist all over the world and come in all shapes and sizes. Be it theatre, stand-up comedy, dance, poetry, burlesque, street performance, installation art, mobile art, or any other form of artistry—you name it, a Fringe Festival has put it on.


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