Reykjavík Winter Lights Festival begins today

Reykjavík’s annual Winter Lights Festival kicks off tonight when Marcos Zotes transforms the Hallgrímskirkja cathedral with his trademark moving lights show. Some 300 different events make up the festival, which runs until Sunday.

All events in the Winter Lights Festival are free to attend and the full schedule can be read in English here.

Reykjavík mayor Jón Gnarr will formally begin the festival at 19.30 with a short speech by Hallgrímskirkja before handing over to Marcos Zotes who will paint the cathedral in moving light themes inspired by the elements of water, fire, air and earth.

Dance, film, exhibitions, theatre, music and more will all compete for attention at a festival which truly has something for everyone – despite how cliché that phrase has become.

The festival also includes free access to many of Reykjavík’s swimming pools this Saturday evening and pool guests will be artistically stimulated all the while.