Vaka Folk Festival & Reykjavik Midsummer Music
June 9th, 2016 | News
It’s summer festival madness! Let us introduce Vaka & Reykjavik Midsummer Music to you…
Vaka is a wonderful folk festival celebrating traditional Icelandic music through a series of concerts, workshops and sessions. The event takes place in Akureyri this June.
The festival’s mission is to promote traditional Icelandic music; Icelandic kvæðamenn are the key performers of the festival and are featured in every concert and session.
Four days and nights of non-stop music making and dancing under the midnight sun. Featuring the very best folk musicians rooted in the traditions of Iceland, the Nordic countries, Ireland and the British Isles.
VAKA’s programme offers something for everyone:
Afternoon and evening concerts where performers are carrying the old traditions into the future.
Morning and afternoon singing and instrumental workshops for all ages and abilities.
Informal song and tune sessions and social dancing, where anyone can join in.
You can hear unique Icelandic rímur ballad singing and joik from Northern Norway, join in informal jam sessions, learn to play tunes from Ireland, Denmark and Iceland, go to folk dance workshops, learn Icelandic tvísong (two voice harmony singing) or simply listen to the great selection of artists who are performing at the festival.
Artists at VAKA:
Kvæðamenn from Akureyri, Fjallabyggð and Reykjavík – Iceland
Vassvik – Norway
Funi – Iceland & England
Mharhi Baird Trio – Scotland, Ireland & USA
Marit Steinsrud & Stein Villa – Norway
Barnaby Walters – England
Ave Kara Sillaots – Estonia
Reykjavík Midsummer Music is an award-winning chamber music festival founded by pianist Víkingur Ólafsson in 2012. It takes place in Reykjavík’s magnificent concert hall, Harpa, every year around summer solstice – this year’s dates are 16 to 19 June. Since the festival’s inception, its goal has been to bring some of the best musicians of the world together in Reykjavík to play great music from all times under the arctic midnight sun.
Reykjavík Midsummer Music is a festival for the curious ear. Every year, the programme explores a particular theme that binds together different types of music and musicians, resulting in a kind of creative synthesis. The programming is based on the notion that all the music we play and listen to today is, in a sense, contemporary music, regardless of whether it was composed in the 17th century or the 21st. When works from different times and places are brought together in the right way, each concert becomes a story which has never been told before. .