Workshops & events


This year YAIC will focus equally on talks, workshops and other events. They are very different in nature and range from a micro lecture marathon to a film screening to a the making of a business model for creatives. All these events are included in the ticket price so pick yours!




We’re talking karaoke, but instead of singing – we’re all going to dance! As one big group. Facing the big projection in front of us, we dance the moves that we see.

Alexander Roberts and Ásrún Magnúsdóttir have been working predominantly with dancing and choreography in an expanded sense. Mixing live-art, performance, dancing, choreography and music.

Ásrún is interested in working with people that have not thought so much about dance or dancing and trying to make invisible choreographies visible. Alexander is an artist, curator and the co-director of Reykjavík Dance Festival. He is interested in bodies, in the idea that aesthetic movements can also be political movements. Alexander works predominantly as a curator and as a producer of live-art.

Come take part on November 3rd @ Bíó Paradís, some time between 17 and 18:00!






Festival of Failure is a micro lecture marathon were creative people share their experiences of failure. The stage is a platform for unfinished business, creative blocks and unforgettable mistakes. Festival of Failure is an ode to experiments and ideas. Each lecture is approximately 15 minutes. And yes, there will be drinks.

Created and organized by Þóra Tómasdóttir

Festival of Failure will be held monday evening November 3rd at 20:30 at Kaldalón, Harpa Conert Hall Click here for MAP



Þóra Tómasdóttir is an Icelandic journalist and filmmaker based in Berlin. At the age of eleven she got tired of recording countless interviews with her grandparents so she founded the School Newspaper “Dyret”. Since then she has worked for the Icelandic Broadcasting Service (RÚV), Fréttablaðið, Fréttatíminn, Mannlíf, Nýtt líf, Media Planet, Nordisk Film & Tv and Svensk Filmindustri Norge AS.

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tres locos


Kleinubarinn is a pop-up bar serving kleinur, traditional Icelandic twisted dough, with a new twist. Kleinubarinn is a concept where tradition and innovation meet, emphasizing on freshly baked products with a little bit of fun! Kleinubarinn’s first debut was on the international Restaurant Day and has since then taken on many different forms, adapting to its scenery.

For lunch this year Ágústa Arnardóttir, Guðrún Harðardóttir and Krista Hall will serve especially conceived savory kleinur!

Please note that lunch is not included in the ticket price :-)










The Man, 2010


Ragnar Kjartansson’s interest in music often leads him to focus on the persona of the performer. The Man presents a portrait of American blues musician Pinetop Perkins playing an upright piano improbably situated in a field just outside of Austin, Texas. Born in 1919 in Belzoni, Mississippi, Perkins began playing guitar and piano during the rise of the Delta Blues.

Kjartansson’s portrait takes its place in a century-long history of reverence for and exploitation of black musicians. For this work, Kjartansson was interested in the reconciliation of Perkins’s on-stage persona with his private self. Frail and often disoriented, Perkins repeats songs and statements creating an unmediated loop, fashioning a dual portrait of an elderly man toward the end of his life, and a historically important musician, who is the keeper of a disappearing tradition.

Duration: 00:49:25

Courtesy of the artist, Luhring Augustine, New York and i8 gallery, Reykjavík.

The Man will be screened at Bíó Paradís on November 4th @ 16:30



Film Screening:


Dir: Nelly Ben Hayoun

International Space Orchestra tells the story of the incredible journey that Director and Designer of Experiences Nelly Ben Hayoun took with the employees of NASA Ames Research Center and the SETI Institute in California, in setting up the world’s first International Space Orchestra, and the production of the space opera they made together. The film contains interviews with scientists from NASA, as well as the final production of Ground Control: A Space Opera, it features musical contributions from Damon Albarn and Bobby Womack, science fiction author Bruce Sterling and Penguin Café (Arthur Jeffes). (57 min)

Nelly and YAIC will engage in a Q & A following the screening.

Where and when? @ Bíó Paradís on November 4th @ 16:30  Click here for MAP




A round table workshop focusing on musicians working with both pop and classical contemporary music. The event is moderated by Elísabet Indra Ragnarsdóttir and includes musicians such as Pétur BenDaníel BjarnasonMaria Huld MarkanPáll Ragnar Pálsson and Hafdís Bjarnadóttir, who have all in one way or another worked with different genres in music.

Those who are interested in talking about collaboration and respect between different genres in music are especially welcome.


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Hosted by Útón og Íslensk Tónverkamiðstöð / IMX and the Iceland Music Information Centre @ Hlemmur, Laugavegi 105, on November 4th, 2014 @ 16:30  Click here for MAP

Photo: Hafdís Bjarnadóttir



MOVING FROM “GOOD ENOUGH” TO “GREAT”: The Basics of Great Storytelling

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Edward Nawotka from Publishing Perspective will host a workshop at the Icelandic Literature Center!

For many people who write, “good enough”” is all that is expected of them. But what can really help you stand out is great storytelling. In this session we’ll cover some of the least discussed principles of great storytelling that will help you push yourself beyond the limits you may have already, unconsciously set for yourself.


Hosted by Miðstöð íslenskra bókmennta / Icelandic Literature Center @ Hverfisgata 54 on November 4th, 2014 @ 16:30  Click here for MAP


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In this workshop participants will learn about the methodology of Business Model Canvas, which is a visual chart that gives a graphical representation of a business plan. The Business Model Canvas introduces simple techniques in order to assist participants in shaping their ideas, make plans and set goals. In addition we will focus on grant applications, as business models and applications often follow the same principles in practice.


Hosted by Nýsköpunarmiðstöð Íslands / Innovation Center Iceland @ Hlemmur on November 4th, 2014 @ 16:30   Click here for MAP






Fab Lab (Fabrication Laboratory) is a digital small-scale workshop, where number of different tools and equipment are available making it a possible to create almost anything. The Fab Lab gives anyone the opportunity to experiment and implement their creative ideas into reality by designing, developing and producing components with the help of digital technology.

The workshop will begin with Fab Talk, where individuals who have worked with Fab Lab present their projects and discuss product development using Fab Lab. Afterwards, participants will have the opportunity to try the technology Fab Lab has to offer.

Hosted by Nýsköpunarmiðstöð Íslands / Innovation Center Iceland @ Fab Lab Eddufelli on November 4th, 2014 @ 16:30  Click here for MAP






New global video platforms make it easier than ever before to share your stories and creations with the world. Making a living from that is a different story. What if there was an easy way for creators and artists to connect to their fans all over the world and an easy way for fans to support and give back to their favourite storytellers.

In this session OZ will introduce tools that make this possible as well case studies on how artists are using these tools to make a living.

After the presentation we will have a open discussion on how new opportunities can be created.

Hosted by OZ @ OZ HQ, Skálholtsstígur 7 on November 4th @ 16:30




Good Moon Deer is the brainchild of graphic designer and artist Guðmundur Ingi Úlfarsson. After starting as a bedroom producer, his friend and drummer Ívar Pétur Kjartansson (FM Belfast, Benni Hemm Hemm & Miri) has joined him to bring the project live on stage. Their often uncategorizable sound has been described as jazz for the digital age. With their avant-garde and schizophrenic compilation of nightmarish samples, heavy beats and live drumming, the audience can expect an exploratory and improvisational sonic journey.

Good Moon Deer will perform live @ MAR restaurant on the closing night of November 4th!