It’s the first week of March and this week in Iceland is jam-packed. There’s film festivals, all you can eat buffets, Brexit talks and a tonne of drag. Get out your calendars and prepare to fill your schedule because we have prepared our top picks of what to do this week in Iceland.
See also: Iceland in March
Monday 4th March
Miami Open Ping-pong Tournament, Miami Bar, Hverfisgata 33, 8pm Free.
If a bar somehow managed to fit in a Delorean and transport straight from 1980s Florida to Reyjavík, it would be Miami. This neon-drenched cocktail bar is a site worth seeing, and for those who haven’t ventured deep into its belly, Miami also has a games room complete with a ping pong table.
At 8pm the bar will host an open ping pong tournament. The winner will be rewarded with a secret prize. Guests are also invited to dust off your coolest threads because the best-dressed girl and boy will also receive a special treat.
Tuesday 5th March
Physical Cinema Festival, Bíó Paradis, Hverfisgata 52, 6pm, 1,600kr.
Bíó Paradís hosts a Physical Cinema Festival every second year. This year it will co-occur with the Stockfish Film Festival. The Physical Cinema Festival is a mixture of art, sound, cinema and special effects. Bíó Paradís will play host to short films, documentaries and video installations. If you consider yourself a budding film critic, this unique experience will undoubtedly pique your curiosity.
Wednesday 6th March
Wings Wednesday at Brewdog, Frakkastígur 8, 11.30am to 10pm.
One of Iceland’s newest bars has a Wednesday wing feast to die for. Brewdog is offering all you can eat chicken wings or buffalo cauliflower (the vegetarian option) for the price of a large portion. The offer lasts from 11:30am till 10:00pm. Brewdog is also home to an incredible assortment of craft beers. Bring an empty stomach and prepare to gorge yourself like never before.
Thursday 7th March
#BritIce2019 Radisson Blu Saga Hotel, Hagatorg, 107 Reykjavík 5pm to 7pm
If you’re politically minded or just happen to be a UK or Icelandic citizen wondering how Brexit will affect you, this event has your covered. The UK Ambassador to Iceland, Michael Nevin invites all interested to this event. It’s an opportunity to hear the latest news about the UK’s departure from Europe.
The UK and Iceland have now reached agreements to protect residency for both UK and Icelandic citizens living in either country. The embassy would like to give people the opportunity to ask any questions about the transition.
The UK embassy would also like the chance to discover the exciting work and initiatives Brits are involved in here in Iceland. There will be complimentary drinks and nibbles to help the socialising and networking flow. Space is limited, so those interested are encouraged to confirm attendance here.
Friday 8th March
Drag Súgur – Is there life on Mars, Gaukurinn, Tryggvagata 22, 9pm, 2.500kr
Iceland’s premier queer variety show is back for its monthly showcase. The theme of this month’s show is a space eleganza extravaganza, inspired by the Icelandic word for March (Mars).
Join the most glamorous drag kings and queens in the country for this fierce show that has become the most attended monthly LGBT+ event in Icelandic history. Get in early to enjoy a meal from leading vegan restaurant Veganæs, and it’s highly recommended to get your tickets online first here.
Saturday 9th March
The house that Jack built – Stockfish Film Festival Hverfisgata 54, 10pm 1.600kr
Stockfish Film Festival is hosting a screening of possibly this year’s most controversial film. Lars Von Trier’s serial killer epic ‘The House that Jack built’ follows the titular character Jack and his development as a murderer.
The film highlights the 5 incidents in his life that define him as a serial killer. Jack views each murder he commits as a work of art even though his criminal activities give him problems in the outside world.
The film gained notoriety at the Cannes Film Festival in France when it received both standing ovations and hundreds of walkouts.
Sunday 10th March
Gloria Hole: Think you’ve got talent? Kiki Queer Bar, Laugavegur 22, 9.30pm, Free.
She’s a hot mess and a showstopper. When she walks in the room, all eyes are on her. She’s beauty, she’s not really Grace, but you will remember her drunken face. She’s Gloria Hole – Queen of Iceland.
This Sunday, get on down to Reykjavík’s favourite queer spot to show Gloria how talented you are. In this unique event, you can have the chance to take to the stage and wow the crowd. Sing, lipsync, dance or recite a haiku; just entertain Gloria, and she’ll be sure to give you the praise and attention you so desperately seek.
The event is free, and Gloria will also treat the audience to some of the legendary performances she’s known for.
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