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Dark Music Days, Iceland's most prominent contemporary music festival, will be held during 23-29 January. The varied programme will reflect the creativity

The program is very diverse and reflects the innovation and creativity that characterizes Icelandic contemporary music at the moment. Most of the festival's events take place in Harpa Concert Hall, but also in the Nordic House, Hallgríms' Church and Reykjavík Art Museum.

This year's performances combine different technologies with exploration of possibilities in the performance of contemporary music. Víddir is the opening concert and will take place in Hallgrímskirkja on January 23rd. Composer Bára Gísladóttir wrote the work especially for Grundtvig's Church in Copenhagen, which is similar to Hallgríms' Church both in terms of architecture and unique sound. Later, that same day, Sóley Stefánsdóttir opens her installation in Reykjavík Art Museum – Ásmundarsalur, but Sóley will also perform at a concert in Harpa on the last day of the festival. The cellist Sigurgeir Agnarsson performs works by ​​Hafliði Hallgrímsson and Hugi Guðmundsson including the premiere of a new work by Hafliði, Solitaire II. DARK MUSIC DAYS – PROGRAMME


PODIUM is a new event on Dark Music Days' programme. PODIUM held in collaboration with Iceland Music Information Centre with the purpose of presenting Icelandic contemporary music projects to artistic directors, festivals, orchestral directors, concerts within the country and abroad. A total of eleven projects will be presented. PODIUM will be a so-called "hybrid" event and takes place both online and at the Nordic House in Reykjavík on 24 and 25 January. Guests are welcome to attend the presentations but the event will also be streamed live online. The event will be conducted in English and admission is free. Please register at the Dark Music Days website.


Dark Music Days was founded in 1980 by the Icelandic Composers' Association with the aim to highlight works by Icelandic composers. The festival takes place at the darkest time of the year in Iceland and this year, celebrates its 42nd anniversary. Programme and further information about the festival can be found at Please visit for ticket sales.