Songs from the Eddas
Hilmar Örn Agnarsson, Steindór Andersen, Páll Guðmundsson

This evening, with some of the leading musicians and poets from the country’s celebrated arts scene, will feature song and chants from the Eddas, and other selections of old Icelandic literature. We’ll seek to invoke the atmosphere of the early golden age of Iceland, around 1000 AD, a period that saw the country imbued with a rich array of cultural influences, including those of the Sami from northern Scandinavia, the Norse, the Celts, the Romans, Byzantines, and Muslims as well.

The Seeress’ Enchantment: The Meeting of Old and New
With various musicians and storytellers, including the South Icelandic Chamber Choir

“The Sibyl´s Prophecy” (Völuspá) is one of Iceland’s most important esoteric poems, and tonight the tale comes alive in an evening of storytelling and song. The Völuspá tells of the story of the birth of the world, the troubles that emerged in this paradise, the war of the gods, the creation of man, and finally the destruction of the world that leads to its rebirth. We will hear how the names of the dwarfs at the heart of the poem were used as invocations by the smiths who shaped and transformed mortal man, opening him to the source of all.  Through music and sung poetry, drumming and chanting, we too will encounter a sense of the sacred, from times of old.

Tales from the Sagas
with Valgerður Bjarnadóttir as the Viking sisters Þórunn hyrna and Auður djúpúðga

This evening, performer and scholar Valgerður Bjarnadóttir will tell stories of the Viking settlers through the eyes of two significant sisters who feature prominently in the Sagas. Who were they? Where did they come from? What was their religion? How have they affected today‘s culture as ancestors? Born in Norway, raised partially in Scotland and Ireland, these sisters were daring pioneers in the new world of Iceland.