An Inside Look at Iceland’s LungA Festival 2013

LungA Festival may just be the greatest festival that you’ve never heard of. You can probably chalk that up partly to the fact that it’s in Seydisfjördur, a small town on the eastern coast of Iceland.

The festival has been going on each July for over a decade now and is more than just your standard series of concerts and after parties. The festival is a workshop of sorts, bringing in artists of all sorts of different backgrounds to collaborate, create and explore their craft with each other and the public. Centered around these five days of workshops, individual projects ranging from art, to music, and comedy are brought to life. Just one example of the creativity one might see is “Waves of Ether,” a radio workshop exploring audio as a creative medium by Marteinn Sindrí Jónsson.


One of the more eye-drawing spectacles of the festival is the Thursday fashion show. Attendees lined up for this year’s show inside an old fish factory (nevermind the smell) to catch a glimpse of sweatshirt prints from the Soviet era and unknown creatures sporting brightly colored textiles.


On the final day of the LungA, festival goers gathered for an art performance of film and photography called “Personal Space” complimented with musical performances by Ulfúr Ulfúr, Mammút, Grísalappalísa, Rangleklods, Ghostigital and FM Belfast.

The creativity and inspiration of the festival has had such an impact that a school based on the principals of LungA is set to open in 2014. You’re doing something right if your music/arts festival inspires learning both in and out of the classroom.

Via CoolHunting

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