What is Skammdegi? What is Skammdegi Festival?
Skammdegi in Icelandic means dark winter or short sunlight winter. December 21 is the shortest day in Iceland. The sunlight is from 11am to 3pm only. Listhús is located in Olafsfjordur, north Iceland where is rounded by mountains. So during December and January, the sun never can raise up higher than the mountains. Resulting, the lands are always covered by a mysterious reflective lighting. To push up the spirit, people eager to light up the house with Christmas lights and joy with 13-Yule Lads (Icelandic Santa Claus) until 6 January. The sun climbs up bit by bit until the first shinning line shows on the peak on January 21 and the sunshine reaches the ground until the end of the month.
After running three years, Skammdegi Festival is forming its own character. The principal of our program aims at providing a safe environment & atmosphere for artists doing their own experiments that they cannot implement elsewhere. The place is remote. Our resources (space & facilities) are limited. However, most of our artists feel the freedom of creation. The residency duration is long enough for artists to explore a new place, establish an new idea and implementation.
Basically, December is the month for artists totally immersing into a new culture. January is the month for preparing and implementing their works and making their show in Skammdegi festival.
The festival will take place on 27 January to 4 February 2018. Exhibitions and performances will be held mainly on 2 weekends. The art education events will be hosted during weekdays.
For more details, please check out our FAQ page and the fee & conditions.
Look at last year’s video: https://youtu.be/9daMKH8xrQs
Application deadline: 15 April 2017.