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.
Who are we? The Reykjavik Fringe Festival is run by a team of passionate volunteers.
Nanna studied European Theatre Arts at Rose Bruford College in London, before getting involved in immersive theatre and promenades, such as the award-winning show You Always Said Yes at the Edinburgh Fringe. She later set up the event production company Huldufugl with her partner and moved back to Iceland. Huldufugl's productions combine various art forms, best showcased in regular productions of Rauða Skáldahúsið, which combines poetry, theatre, burlesque, cabaret, and circus. Nanna loves food and traveling, and she can always be distracted or bribed with cheese.
Jón Magnús Arnarsson
Festival Assistant Director
Besides studying theatre at The Commedia School in Denmark, Jón is also a stand-up comic and a poet. He hosts weekly stand-up comedy nights in English at Gaukurinn with the Goldengang Comedy Club, that always attract a full house. He hosts regular poetry slam events and has just finished writing his first full length play, due to be performed at Reykjavík City Theatre in the fall of 2018. If you want someone to crack jokes with, he's your man.
Sindri Þór Sigríðarson
Planning and CFO
The festival wouldn't function without Sindri Þór Sigríðarson, our finance manager. Fortunately Sindri likes handling all the things Jón and Nanna don't, such as making business plans, raising funds, organising sponsorships and making sure the festival gets by financially. Sindri has a background in business and production, having worked on various music festivals such as Secret Solstice, Phono Festival and South by Southwest. You don't want to mess with Sindri!
Volunteer Coordinator/Lead Stage Manager
Jessica LoMonaco is an organisation-powerhouse. Hailing from New York City, where she studied Theater at the New School, she gives us a little international flair. Full of passion and drive, she has been a key cast member of The Possibility Project, a change-making theatre program for youth that she hopes to bring to Iceland. She’s performed off-Broadway, including The Public Theater, through The Possibility Project. Jessica also organizes Rauða Skáldahúsið (The Poetry Brothel Reykjavik). If you've got questions about how things work at the festival, she'll know the answer, and might even bring out her Brooklyn accent if you ask nicely.
Signý makes sure that the festival´s visual appearance is rad. Apart from being a great gal with an attitude, a mother and an independant unicorn, she studied Graphic Design at the Icelandic Academy of the Arts and later Web Development at Tækniskólinn (The Technical College of Reykjavik).
Content Writer/Assistant Graphic Designer
Meg Matich’s world revolves around words. Meg, an infamous europhile, moved to Iceland in 2016 on a Fulbright fellowship and hasn’t looked back. A literary translator and poet by trade, Meg has published hundreds of translations and has two forthcoming books – one recently released (Cold Moons) . Meg is also founder of Rauða Skáldahúsið (The Poetry Brothel Reykjavik), wherein she aims to balance the practice of poetry with experiential/experimental art. Meg’s background in creative writing (MFA Columbia University, 2015) and her fervour for language and cross-cultural exchange makes her a perfect match for the Fringe…although she’s the shy-silent-smart type, so if you see her, say hello with extra gusto!