February, the shortest month of the year has started and then some! You’ve got no time to lose, start packing your schedule with activities. Here are some highlights of what’s going on in Reykjavík this week.
Monday 4th February
Eye Contact Experiment, Loft, Bankastræti 7. 20:00. FREE.
Do you long for human connection? Do you want to get a taste of what Marina Abramović felt like during her renowned performance art piece The Artist is Present? Or does the thought of looking into a stranger’s eyes scare you? Then you should definitely go to Loft Hostel and participate in their Eye Contact Experiment.
Sitting across from another human being and just silently looking at them, acknowledging their existence and getting acknowledged in return can be a powerful experience. This event is one you don’t want to miss. Go forth and make Sanford Meisner proud.
Tuesday 5th February
German Film Days: Mack the Knife, Bíó Paradís, Hverfisgötu 54. 20:00. 1.600 ISK.
German Film Days are in full swing over at Reykjavík’s best and only Art House Cinema, Bíó Paradís. An interesting title included in this year’s programme is Mack the Knife: Brecht’s Threepenny Film. The film follows Bertolt Brecht’s efforts to turn his smash hit Threepenny Opera into a film.
There are six other exciting German films to choose from if this one doesn’t tickle your fancy, all the films are in German and have English subtitles.
Wednesday 6th February
Warmland, Iðnó, Vonarstræti 3. 20:00. 2.900 ISK.
The two-man synth-pop band Warmland is bringing their velvety tones to Iðnó this Wednesday. They promise a visual and auditory spectacle and have enlisted the help of Iceland’s best and brightest sound- and light engineers. An exciting event from a band set to release their first album later this year.
Thursday 7th February
My Voices Have Tourette’s, Secret Cellar, Lækjargata 6a. 21:00. FREE.
The Secret Cellar, Reykjavík’s comedy club, has live comedy every night. On Thursdays, they have a unique show where comedians with various syndromes and disorders make jokes about their anxiety, autism, bipolar disorder, Tourette’s or any other thing they please. If you can’t make the show this week, don’t worry, it returns weekly.
Friday 8th February
What Will We Sing About, Borgarleikhúsið, Listabraut 3. 19:00. 5.900 ISK.
The Iceland Dance Company premier their newest piece What Will We Sing About on the big stage at Reykjavík City Theatre this week. The show was created by the Belgian choreographer Pieter Ampe in collaboration with the members of the company.
Since 1973, Iceland Dance Company has nurtured contemporary dance and choreography in this land of ice and fire. In this piece, the dancers look within and ask themselves questions which might get answered through dance, you’ll have to watch to find out.
Saturday 9th February
Coffee Cupping, Te & Kaffi, Aðalstræti 9. 13:00. FREE.
Fancy a cup of joe with a side of knowledge? This event is a great opportunity for coffee enthusiasts to try something new. The coffee experts at Te & Kaffi (Translation: Tea & Coffee) lead a tasting of coffees from various places using a method known as coffee cupping. They’re also more than willing to answer any question you may have.
No prior experience is needed, just bring yourself, your taste-buds and maybe a buddy.
Sunday 10th February
Black Sunday: Reservoir Dogs, Bíó Paradís, Hverfisgötu 54. 20:00. 1.600 ISK.
Black Sundays are always a treat. Each week Bíó Paradís present a cult film and this week’s offering is Tarantino’s 1992 feature-length debut.
The perfect way to spend a Sunday evening is in good company with some popcorn and a safe-bet film. Get your suit and shades ready to experience or re-experience this non-linear heist classic.