Established in 1970, the Reykjavik Arts Festival is one of the oldest and most respected art festivals in Northern Europe. The festival takes place every year in late May, and features concerts, theater productions, art exhibits, literature, dance, and opera. If you are interested in the festival’s long history, their website features an impressive list of all the artists who have participated over the years, including Pablo Picasso and Francisco Goya. Last year Latvia was represented at the festival too. A curator chose Ieva Epnere’s photography seriesI would like to be… for one of the photo exhibits. The series featured portraits of local youth photographed during Epnere’s residency in Iceland in 2006. This year’s festival will offer another special events: the unveiling of the long-awaited concert and conference hall HARPA (or “harp”). The coauthor of the design is the widely renowned Danish artist Olafur Eliasson, who was born in Copenhagen to Icelandic parents. The main designers of the buildings were the Danish architecture firm Henning Larsen Architects (which also designed the Copenhagen Opera House) and the Icelandic architecture firm Batteríið Architects. Olafur Eliasson designed the glass façade of HARPA.