Iceland on the cultural map

Iceland on the cultural map

Reykjavik’s new concert hall will become a landmark when it opens this week, thanks to its striking facade.

Olafur Eliasson, the artist who created the artificial sun installation at Tate Modern in 2003, designed the multi-faceted glass facade to mirror the city. To compensate for Iceland’s dark winters – and summer, when the sun burns brightly into the evening – the glass bricks contain LED strips that can be dimmed or brightened to suit the season.

Kicking off with the Reykjavik Arts Festival, the centre will cement Reykjavik’s position as a city of culture. Concerts from the likes of Elvis Costello and jazz singer and pianist Jamie Cullum as well as a host of Icelandic stars are also planned. And with bookings already being taken for 2015, Harpa looks likely to welcome several big names to its stage.

Also a business destination, Harpa consists of four main conference halls and has several meeting rooms, the largest of which accommodates over 1,800 guests. And a host of restaurants and bars overlooking Reykjavik harbour will attract foodies from across the globe.

For more information visit www.harpa.is

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