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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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Open call for Vorblót Festival 2020
(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...

Allocation of grants to independent performing arts

The Minister of Education, Science and Culture has approved a proposal from the Drama Council for grants to performing arts groups for 2020. A...

The independent scene left behind

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...