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  • GRÍMAN - The Icelandic Performing Arts Awards will be presented for the 11th time June 12th 2013.

The ceremony will be broadcasted live on television from the National Theatre of Iceland. 18 different awards will be presented to outstanding artists and productions of the year. More news and info on nominees will soon be available on our website

  • LÓKAL - International Theatre Festival have announced part of their program for this year’s festival which will take place between 28th of August and September 1st 2013  

The Canadian performance Winners and Losers by Marcus Youssef and James Long from The Theatre Replacement, Vancouver Canada will be the first Canadian production performed at LÓKAL. The work was premiered in 2012 at the Gateway Theatre in Richmond and performed at the Push festival in Vancouver in February this year. Winners and Losers is a staged conversation that embraces the ruthless logic of capitalism, and tests its impact on our closest personal relationships as well as our most intimate experiences of self. Read more on Winners and Losers here

Also scheduled for LÓKAL this year is RECORD the by the Irish Times theatre award director Dylan Tighe.  RECORD is a stirring project, which explores depression and the concept of “mental illness” with courage, imagination and humor. RECORD premiered at Cork Midsummer Festival 2012. Read more about RECORD here

As announced before artistic director of Reykjavik Dance Festival this year is choreographer, dancer and producer Erna Ómarsdóttir and her umbrella production company Shalala. LÓKAL is directed by Ragnheiður Skúladóttir and Bjarni Jónsson.


  • Vesturport´s Metamorphosis has been nominated for the 31st Annual Elliot Norton Awards in Boston. 

Metamorphosis is nominated in the following categories; Outstanding Visiting Production, Outstanding Design, Large Theater and Outstanding Actor, Large Theater. Read more on the nominees here

  • The Icelandic scenographer Börkur Jónsson received last week the renowned Danish Reumert price 2013 

Börkur Jónsson received the Danish Reumert Price 2013 for his set design in Bastards, a joint Nordic production staged by Malmö City theatre, Vesturport, FAR 1302 in Copenhagen and the Reykjavik City theatre. More info right here (in Danish)



The Icelandic national centre for ASSITEJ - International Association of Theatre for Children and Young people - hosted their first theatre festival for children and young adults in Iceland end of April. The festival was held in association with the Reykjavik Children´s Culture Festival 2013. More info on the festivals on our website

New Creations

The School of Transformation Correspondance - is an interactive web performance by WebTheatre Room 408, where the audience enters the role of the actor in a private online performance, by enrolling as a student. PAI enquired its producer and director Steinunn Knútsdóttir about this new performance aswell as on the future of the WebTheatre. Check out the interview on our website


Hvörf/ Disappearances - by theatre group Lab Loki. A brand new play based on the most dramatic criminal case ever to enter the Icelandic courts.  Based the events surrounding the case in 1974 Hvörf tells the story of the investigation and interrogation that destroyed the lives of four youngsters and effected the lives of many others. PAI interviewed Rúnar Guðbrandsson, the producer and director of Hvörf/Disappearances...read the interview here on our website


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