Halfway to Fringe and BYOVenue

Photo by Patrik Ontkovic of Elísabet Jökulsdóttir at Halfway to Fringe party at Hlemmur Square

Photo by Patrik Ontkovic of Elísabet Jökulsdóttir at Halfway to Fringe party at Hlemmur Square

We had our Halfway to Fringe party last weekend, and wow was that fun! The incredible Hlemmur Square opened its doors to hours of entertainment by past and future Fringe performers.

There was a fiery start to the party as Svaný Sif breathed fire outside, whilst comedian Jono Duffy explained what was about to happen. Íris Thorarins played live music over the computer game Abzú, played by Jonatan van Hove as a part of LIVE GAMES / LIVE MUSIC. Bára Halldórsdóttir read tarot cards as Snæugla, the resident witch of Poetry Brothel Reykjavík. There were also a couple of poets from the Poetry Brothel Reykjavík, Michael Dräke performed by Elías Knörr and Elísabet performed by Ragnheiður Erla that kept stealing guests up to the 4th floor for a private reading.

Elísabet Jökulsdóttir gave a public reading, and a live performance as she repeated one of her poems three times before burning the page away. The sensational María Callista from the cabaret group Ladies and a Gentleman wowed the audience with a teasing burlesque performance, and the powerful drag-queen Deff Starr left everyone gagging for more.

In the end the Icelandic hip hop duet Regn tore the roof off the house and got everyone into a dancing mood before Owen Hindley took over as a DJ.

It’s worth mentioning that both the host Jono Duffy and the cabaret group Ladies and a Gentleman have been selected to perform at Brighton Fringe in May 2019 as a part of the inaugural Nordic Season there!

Photo by Patrik Ontkovic of guests enjoying LIVE GAMES LIVE MUSIC

Photo by Patrik Ontkovic of guests enjoying LIVE GAMES LIVE MUSIC

In the middle of all this entertainment then festival director Nanna Gunnars and producer Jess LoMonaco had a little speech about the Fringe itself, and what there is to come in the future. And from TODAY (1st of February) we’ve opened up for Bring Your Own Venue applications. We’re hoping that with these applications the Fringe will spread far and wide across the city, into people’s homes and peculiar, odd or interesting new performance locations. Applications are only open until the 14th of February, so check them out soon!

Another new thing we have planned is a youth program taking place this summer. We hope to involve teens from 13-19 doing workshops and creating new work - and we’ll be sure to post more about that as we get nearer to the festival itself.

Finally, we are working on involving more venues and with all of this happening, we could always do with some eager volunteers to help us out! So if you want to work at the RVK Fringe, hop over to the volunteer page and drop us a line :)

Only 5 months to Fringe!

Photo by Patrik Ontkovic of Nanna and Jess giving a talk

Photo by Patrik Ontkovic of Nanna and Jess giving a talk

RVK Fringe applications have closed!

Wow, we received so many great applications!

RVK Fringe actually received triple the amount of applications from last year, so the team is now busy going through all of them. The applications are coming from all over the world, with artists coming from 40 countries, and applicants are from the age of 19-70. The artists applying for Reykjavík Fringe 2019 come from:

Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Scotland, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Uganda and USA.

So it’s safe to say that it will be a very varied and exciting program that awaits us in July 2019!

We’d like to ask all the artists to be patient as we want to through all the applications thoroughly, and should have an answer for everyone by the 1st of February.

Nordic Fringe Network Global Artist Call- OPEN!

We are completely excited to announce that the global Artist Call for the Nordic Fringe Network is now open! Apply: here.

What is this NFN global artist call? Well, its the chance for artists to apply for not only RVK Fringe Festival, but 6 other festivals across the Nordic countries as well, all in one application. This makes your dream of touring all the Fringes all summer long a reality.

You can find the artist guideline and application here: http://www.stockholmfringe.com/detailed-nfn-2019-artist-guidelines/

The deadline for applications is 30 December, so get going and get in to Fringe!

Find a quick rundown below, then check out the Artist Guidelines for more details.


  • All festivals will have their own digital and/or printed program brochure.

  • All festivals will have separate administrative organisations meaning you will still have to submit your program copy and visuals separately.

  • Venue conditions and festival formats are also going to vary between the different festivals.

  • The admin fee involved will vary from location to location. Some festivals take application fees. Other festivals take out an admin fee once you’ve been accepted to the festival and been allocated in the official programme. (Please note: Reykjavík Fringe Festival has a 35 euro application fee)

  • You will have separate artist agreements.

  • Some of the festivals will run additional local artist calls that cater to the local arts industry.

  • Most of the festivals are wrapped up with FRINGE AWARDS. The artist that are nominated or awarded in any given category go into an artist pool used to source “Nordic Fringe Seasons” talent for upcoming sister festivals in Europe, Australia and US.

The festivals have got one thing in common: the aim to elevate the local through the global and to offer the audience unique experiences outside of the traditional, to push boundaries and promote artistic innovation and bravery.

New stuff!

We just launched a brand new website, and there are more new things to come. Our open applications are launched with other Nordic Fringe festivals, so now applicants have the option of applying to showcase their work in up to 7 different Fringe festivals in Iceland, Finland, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden. But of course you can choose just one of them if you like.

We’ll also be introducing a lot of new things for next year’s event, such as workshops, awards, and the 'Bring Your Own Venue’ initiative.

So stay tuned for all the new things we have in store!

NFN Adventures- RVK at STOFF!


RVK Fringe is very proud to be a part of the Nordic Fringe Network, which is a network of Fringe Festivals that spans the Nordic countries! We are now up to seven festivals involved in bringing you bigger, better Fringe Festivals, artist collaborations and loads of excitement!


After hosting our first NFN meeting in Reykjavík in July 2018, festival directors Jessica and Nanna were off to Sweden in September for the Stockholm Fringe Festival (STOFF) to meet, plan and soak in the magic of another Fringe Festival. Oh, and the fab Nanna and her team at Huldufugl brought their amazing VR show Kassinn to STOFF and rocked, selling out completely and winning an award too!

During the meetings, we met with Fringe powerhouses Kevin (San Diego Fringe) and Cath (World Fringe Network) as well as directors from all of the NFN Festivals to discuss strategy and the future. The history of Fringe around the world is fascinating and we are feeling so lucky to be a part of it!


We are excited to see what we will all accomplish next and looking forward to seeing you all in the 2019 fringe circuit!