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