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New board of AITI 20 – 21

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3rd July

The new board of Association of Indpendent Theatres in Iceland was elected at the association’s annual meeting on Tuesday, June 30 at Tjarnarbíó Theatre. The board now consists of Orri Huginn Ágústsson chairman of the board (On the scene), Kara Hergils co-director (Trigger Warning), Arni Kristjánsson co-director (Lakehouse Theater) and Snædís Ingadóttir co-director (Bird and Bat). New members of the board are Pálína Jónsdóttir (Reykjavík Ensemble) and Elfar Logi Hannesson (Comedy Theater).



New board of Tjarnarbio Theatre 20 – 21

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3rd July

A new board of the Tjarnarbio Theatre was elected at the association’s annual meeting on Monday, June 29 at Tjarnarbíó. The board now consists of Guðmundur Felixson (Improv Iceland), Sara Marti Guðmundsdóttir (Smartilab) and Valgerður Rúnarsdóttir (The Dance Company Luxus).

Ólöf Ingólfsdóttir presented the report of the board for the past year and can be accessed at this link – (only in Icelandic) – Skýrsla stjórnar MTB 2019 – 2020.

The annual accounts of MTB 2019 can be accessed here (only in Icelandic) – Ársreikingur MTB 2019

The minutes of the AGM can be accessed here – (only in Icelandic) – Aðalfundur MTB 29. Júní 2020



Let’s Start a Dialogue

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26th June

Board and members of EAIPA – Photocredits: Catharina Tews

EAIPA, the European Association of Independent and Performing Arts, currently represents the independent performing arts sector of 14 European countries. The umbrella organisation EAIPA was founded in September 2018.

EAIPA operates at B2B level, its members being interest groups or representatives of the individual member countries, which in turn represent the actors from the Independent Performing Arts field. Therefore, EAIPA represents people, companies and theatres working in Europe’s independent Performing Arts sector, and it responds to Europe’s cultural policy making by collecting up-to-date information about the field, initiating new policy proposals and by raising visibility for the needs and achievements of the sector. 

The designation ‘independent performing arts community’ comprises all professional freelance theatre makers, artistic ensembles, independent institutions and structures working in the genres of dance, theatre, performance, music, children’s and youth theatre as … Read More »



Nordic Music days 2021 – call for works

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19th June

Nordic Music Days Iceland is organised by the Icelandic Composers Society, and takes place in Reykjavík from 21st – 23rd of October 2021.

Nordic Music Days has been running annually since 1888, which makes it one of the world’s oldest ongoing music festivals. The festival is administered by the Nordic Composers Council with each of the Nordic countries taking turns to manage the festival’s practical arrangements. Nordic Music Days serves as a platform for ensembles, musicians and repertoires in order to spread the music of Nordic composers.

Nordic Music Days 2021 takes place in Iceland on 21-23 October 2021 and is organized by the Icelandic Composers Society.

The theme is a guideline only, all other interpretations will be accepted. Only works by artists from or living in the Nordic region are accepted. Submissions are only allowed directly into the NMD database at http://nmdsubmission.org/

DEADLINE … Read More »



Tjarnarbio Theatre General Assembly 2020

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15th June

The General Assembly of Tjarnarrbio Cultural Society will be held on Monday, June 29 at. 19:30 at Tjarnarbio Theatre

Meeting agenda of the general assembly:a. Report of the Board for the past operating yearb. Audited accounts of 2019, the accounting year is the calendar yearc. Legislative amendmentsd. Election of the Boarde. Working schedule for the coming seasonf. Other issues

Ólöf Ingólfsdóttir resigns as chairman of MTB after 2 years. Bergdís Júlía Jóhannsdóttir resigns as a board member after 2 years, but Sveinn Óskar Ásbjörnsson is offering to continue his post as a board member. Sara Marti Guðmundsdóttir will remain on the Board for one more year.

Tjarnarbio is calling out for new candidates to take a seat on the board. All legitimate members of association of independent theatres in Iceland can take a seat on the board of Tjarnarbio.

The bar … Read More »



Rescue the arts: plea to national governments

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7th April

This plea has been elaborated by IETM and co-signed by Circostrada, ETC, IN SITU and EDN.

Since the outbreak of the corona-pandemic, an enormous part of the global population – people of various backgrounds, ages, values and social conditions – have been facing an abrupt suspension of regular life. Live encounters are regulated and limited. Some people are experiencing unexpected financial difficulties, others are suffering from health-related issues and anxieties. All these, combined with a great uncertainty about the future, is creating an enormous social distress, which will leave an indelible mark on our societies.

As often in times of turmoil, people are resorting to culture: literature, music, films, photography, virtual museums, dance and theatre performances transferred online or initiated in outdoor settings, respecting the social distance rules. The arts continue to carry a tremendous power of uniting people, even in times when it is … Read More »



Open call for Vorblót Festival 2020

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4th February

(Photo credit: Photo is from Steinunn Ketilsdóttir’s work, Piece no. 1,5, which was shown during Vorblót 2019)

Tjarnarbio Theater in collaboration with Reykjavík Dance Festival holds the third edition of the performing arts festival Vorblót from April 2 to April 5.

We are looking for ready-made pieces to show at the festival. The works may have a wide appeal to contemporary dance or works by choreographers or dancers.

Tjarnarbio Theater and Dansverkstæðið will offer rehearsal space the week before the festival as circumstances permit. Tjarnarbio Theater is a “black box” theater and the size of the stage floor is approximately 9 m. wide x 11 m. deep. The theater is well equipped with lights and audio equipment, but we still look for a simple setting since time for transitions is scarce. Works that happen elsewhere ie. Site-Specific is also considered.

We aim to select … Read More »



Allocation of grants to independent performing arts

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24th January

The Minister of Education, Science and Culture has approved a proposal from the Drama Council for grants to performing arts groups for 2020. A total of 105 applications were received from 97 performing arts groups and total funding applications for over ISK 625 million. The 10 Fingers puppet theater will receive the highest grant this year. 10,8 million. The applicants success rate is about 19 percent.

It has been decided to allocate ISK 93,9 million for 20 projects which are divided as follows: ten plays, one children’s show, one circus show, four dance works, one of which is a children’s dance, and four operas, one of which is a children’s opera.



The independent scene left behind

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22nd January

Article on the status of independent performing arts by Sara Marti Guðmundsdóttir and Klara Helgadóttir master’s student in Cultural Management at Bifröst University, published in Morgunblaðið newspaper on January 21, 2020

According to statistics from the Nordic Statistic database, Iceland is the most efficient of all Nordic countries to attend theaters. For example, a record number of audience attended the National Theater in the year 2018 to 2019, or about 118,000 people. It is therefore not surprising how much performing arts are flourishing in this country. Despite this record number of spectators in theaters in Iceland, it is not possible to maintain the institutional theaters with the ticket sales alone – and thus even less independent performing arts companies except with support from state and municipalities. Stage performances in Iceland are produced on the one hand by public institutions and … Read More »



OPEN CALL SEASON 20/21 AT TJARNARBÍÓ THEATRE

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12th January

Tjarnarbio Theatre calls for applications for collaborative projects in the coming year. All genres of performing arts are applicable. The selection will make up the coming season of 20/21 at Tjarnarbio Theatre. Selected works will have access to free rehearsal facilities, support in marketing and technical matters, professional advice and a favorable share of ticket sales.

Tjarnarbio also calls for artists or groups interested in having residency at Tjarnarbio Theatre. They get use of workingspaces at the theatre, access to the stage when vacant, and office space with others. Tjarnarbíó’s staff offers professional advice and support. An application for residency must contain a brief description of the project along with applicant’s CV.

The application must include a brief description of the project, a list of participants, the budget and the applicant’s CV. The application and all the material involved … Read More »






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New board of AITI 20 – 21

The new board of Association of Indpendent Theatres in Iceland was elected at the association’s annual meeting on Tuesday, June 30 at Tjarnarbíó Theatre....

New board of Tjarnarbio Theatre 20 – 21

A new board of the Tjarnarbio Theatre was elected at the association’s annual meeting on Monday, June 29 at Tjarnarbíó. The board now consists...

Let’s Start a Dialogue
Board and members of EAIPA – Photocredits: Catharina Tews

EAIPA, the European Association of Independent and Performing Arts, currently represents the independent performing arts sector...