The first Reykjavík Fringe took place from 4 July - 8 July 2018. 11 venues, 50 shows, 120 performers and 130 performances.

  Máni Arnarsson and Ólafur Ásgeirsson from Improv Iceland. Photo by Sveinlaug Sigurðardóttir.

Máni Arnarsson and Ólafur Ásgeirsson from Improv Iceland. Photo by Sveinlaug Sigurðardóttir.

Opening party

The opening party took place at Hlemmur Square on Sunday 1 July, and included performances from hula-hoop gender bending phenomenal Ungfrú Hringaná (Miss Encircled), sensational burlesque performer María Callista from the cabaret group Dömur & herra (Ladies & A Gentleman) and the extravagant drag-queen Deff Starr from drag group Drag-súgur.

There were gallery exhibitions of Monstress by Helga Thoroddsen and of Orð (Words) by Sóla Eva, who also did some live drawing during the opening party.

The hosts were the hilarious Máni Arnarsson and Ólafur Ásgeirsson from Improv Iceland.

  María Callista from Dömur og herra (Ladies & A Gentleman). Photo by Roberto Serrini.

María Callista from Dömur og herra (Ladies & A Gentleman). Photo by Roberto Serrini.

Preview night

The preview night took place at Tjarnarbíó on Tuesday 3 July, where each and every performance got exactly 2 minutes to present themselves to a room full of artists, media and friends.

  Ellie Steingraeber & Theo at Rauða skáldahúsið (The Poetry Brothel Reykjavík). Photo by Roberto Serrini.

Ellie Steingraeber & Theo at Rauða skáldahúsið (The Poetry Brothel Reykjavík). Photo by Roberto Serrini.

wrap party and awards

On the final night, Sunday 8 July, the Poetry Brothel Reykjavík had a Golden Age themed poetry anthology release, that turned into the wrap party for the festival itself. Artists were invited to vote for their favourite performances, and The Confetti Maker, Ordinary Princess and American Single all won the Artist Favourite Award 2018.

Additionally, I Wouldn’t Date Me Either by Jono Duffy, Kassinn by Huldufugl, Royalties of Reykjavík by Drag-súgur and Phone Whore by Cameryn Moore all had sold out shows.