Bringing together superstars of the creative world such as Ólafur Elíasson, Icelandic Love Corporation and Simon Steen-Andersen with rising stars such as Eyvind Gulbrandsen, Skark Ensemble and Pinquins, the inaugural Cycle Music and Art Festival will take place this summer 13 – 16 August in Kópavogur, Iceland. The festival is a new platform for exploring and exhibiting the meeting point of creative worlds, producing and presenting works that reach outside the traditional boundaries of discipline, craft and process. Pioneering international artists in the fields of new music, performance art, visual arts, sound art and architecture will collaborate and create across a city-wide site with music as a central focus.
By introducing existing ideas, sounds, materials and our habitat in a new context, Cycle seeks to redefine the traditional art festival as a site of creation not just consumption. It will experiment with new ways of using the concert hall and museum, whilst escaping them to showcase performances and installations in public spaces and found locations. We aim to push artists to engage outside of the boundaries imposed by their disciplines, with the intention of altering their own and their audience’s perception of their surroundings and by doing, to find a meaningful alternative to the avant-garde.
Cycle Music and Art Festival builds on the foundations laid by The Icelandic Chamber Music Festival. The festivals run in parallel, encouraging young, classically trained musicians to engage with contemporary art, new music, interdisciplinary work and sustainability, thus creating a cycle.
Cycle Music and Art Festival is organised in collaboration with Curated Place and is a partner of Moving Classics – European Network for New Music, co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union. The festival is supported by Kópavogur and Ernst von Siemens foundation.