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Event Calendar September 2021

Check out these events that are happening this September in Reykjavík!

Reykjavík Jazz Festival
Until September 4

Reykjavík Jazz Festival is an eight-day music festival focusing on jazz, blues, funk, and improvisation. Leading international as well as Icelandic jazz musicians perform at different stages around town. Performers come from all over the world and this year’s edition includes 2020 Grammy nominee Ambrose Akinmusire Quartet, Melissa Aldana Quartet, Family Band, Broken Cycle Trio, Astra, Anna Gréta Tríó, and Blúsmenn Andreu. Get full access to the festival with the JazzPass, 21.900 ISK, for access to all concerts!

Reykjavík International Film Festival
From September 30

The Reykjavík International Film Festival is the highlight of the year for any Reykjavík film enthusiast. More than 100 films from 40 countries are screened, giving Reykjavík a taste of the most exciting and innovative filmmaking from around the world. Aside from all the exciting documentaries, short films, and feature films on the programme, the festival also includes events such as a drive-in cinema, masterclasses, Q&As with actors, writers, and directors, as well as a plethora of other events. Every year, one country’s film industry gets special notice and this year, films from the Netherlands will take centre stage. Finally, the most acclaimed award of the festival is The Golden Puffin, which is handed out to a film in the category New Visions and will be named Discovery of the Year.

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Reykjavík International Literary Festival
September 8-11

The Reykjavík International Literary Festival is coming to town! In over 30 years, Nobel Prize winners, novelists, historians, political activists, philosophers, cartoonists, and more took part. The festival takes place at Iðnó Theatre and the Nordic House and offers an interesting programme for literature enthusiasts. Attending authors include Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Leïla Slimani, Khaled Khalifa, and Barbara Demick. All events are in English and free of charge, and live streaming will be available. For more information, visit

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