Iceland concert and conference centre to officially open

Harpa, Reykjavik’s brand new concert and conference venue, today embarks on its three-day-long opening ceremony. 1,000 performers will take part.

The opening concert itself will start this evening at 18.00 GMT and will feature 400 artists. The concert will be shown live on RUV television; including on the internet here.

Concerts tomorrow and Sunday will be free of charge and guests will be admitted on a first-come-first-served basis. Harpa will be open to the public from 12 until midnight tomorrow with a packed schedule of artistic activities.

Among the invited guests to tonight’s opening concert is former Landsbanki owner Bjorgolfur Gudmundsson; a former benefactor of the Harpa construction who was forced to stop contributing during the banking crisis. He is now registered as bankrupt. According to Pressan, Gudmundsson and his wife very much intend to attend the concert.

Although this weekend marks the official opening, the Iceland Symphony Orchestra has already played several concerts at the nearly-completed building. The first concert took place on Thursday 5th May to a packed hall, including the Icelandic and Slovenian presidents.