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The Hafnarborg Songfest – Concerts and Courses

Saturday July 7th–Sunday July 15th, Hafnarborg plays host to the second edition of the Hafnarborg Songfest. The Songfest’s aim is to celebrate vocal music and increase knowledge of the voice through concerts and courses. This year, in celebration of the Centenary of Iceland’s Independence and Sovereignty, special focus will be on Icelandic music. All song enthusiasts should find something to their taste at the Hafnarborg Songfest, both as listeners and participants.

The Songfest’s program will feature concerts and performances by Symphonia Angelica, Cantoque, Gadus Mordhua, Olga Vocal Ensemble, Funi, Guðrún Jóhanna Ólafsdóttir, Þóra Einarsdóttir, Kristinn Sigmundsson, Sigríður Ósk Kristjánsdóttir, Francisco Javier Jáuregui and Ástríður Alda Sigurðardóttir.

Artistic Director of the Hafnarborg Songfest is Guðrún Jóhanna Ólafsdóttir.

Music Course for Children

Hafnarborg Songfest offers a week-long music course for children aged 6–12, guided by experienced and enthusiastic teachers. The course will be offered in Icelandic. The participants will perform with the Festival’s professional musicians at the Family Concert on Saturday July 14th at 5 p.m. The Music Course is for all children who enjoy music, both those who are already studying an instrument or singing and those who have no former training. The children will play musical games, improvise, sing and play and rehearse their act in the Saturday Family Concert. The purpose of the course is for the children to enjoy music as creative active musicians.

The course will be offered for two age groups: 6–9 and 10–12 years old.

Schedule

Monday July 9th–Friday July 13th and Family Concert Saturday July 14th at 5 p.m. (warm-up starts at 4 p.m.)

6–9 years old: 9 a.m–12 p.m.

10–12 years old: 1 p.m.–4 p.m.

Course fee (5 days and one concert): 17.000 ISK. The fee includes two tickets for the Saturday Family Concert.

Please note that there is a limited number of participants.

Singing Course for Non-Professionals

Hafnarborg Songfest offers a singing course for non-professionals, taught by mezzo-soprano Guðrún Ólafsdóttir. The course is ideal for those who love to sing and would like to obtain more control of their voice. The two-day course will cover such themes as posture, breathing, support, modified vowels, singing better in tune, softer and stronger. The goal of the course is for the students to be able to sing with more freedom than before. It is not necessary to know how to read music or to have studied at a music school. The minimum age is 15 years but there is no maximum age.

Schedule

Saturday July 7th at 3 p.m.–5 p.m.

Sunday July 8th at 3 p.m.–5 p.m.

Course fee (4 hours): is 12.000 ISK. It includes one ticket for one of the Festival’s concerts.

Please note that there is a limited number of participants.

For more information about the Hafnarborg Songfest, courses and concerts, please visit www.songhatid.com.

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Summer Workshops in Hafnarborg

This summer, Hafnarborg will offer workshops for children, 6–12 years old. The groups will go on field trips in Hafnarfjörður and basic techniques of art will be introduced through discovery of the environment, by viewing the museum’s exhibitions and through creative work and play. The children will work on creative projects in different media – drawing, painting and more – with the purpose of training visual focus and stimulate creative thought and personal expression. The instructor is Vigdís Hlíf Sigurðardóttir, graphic designer and visual arts teacher.

Three 5-day workshops are available for ages 6–9 and 10–12. Each workshop covers a different theme, so it is possible to attend more than one workshop.

The following workshops are available:

June 11th–15th
6–9 years old: 9 a.m.–12 p.m.
10–12 years old: 1–4 p.m.

June 18th–22nd
6–9 years old: 9 a.m.–12 p.m.
10–12 years old: 1–4 p.m.

June 25th–29th
6–9 years old: 9 a.m.–12 p.m.
10–12 years old: 1–4 p.m.

The price of each workshop is 12.500 ISK.

  • Sibling discount: full price for the first child, but 50% discount for each additional sibling.
  • Please inform us of any special needs or requirements.

Please note that there is limited availability for each workshop.

Registration is through íbúagátt Hafnarfjarðarbæjar. For further information, please call 585 5790 or send an email to hafnarborg@hafnarfjordur.is.

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Opening Hours on Easter

Thursday, March 29th – Open from 12 – 5 p.m.
Long Friday, March 30th – CLOSED
Easter Sunday, April 1st – CLOSED
Monday, April 2nd – Open from 12 – 5 p.m.

Happy Easter!

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Museums in Strange Places – Podcast

Museums in Strange Places is a podcast about Icelandic museums and museum culture. Hannah Hethmon visited Hafnarborg and chatted with the museum director, Ágústa Kristófersdóttir. Click here for information on the podcast or listen to the episode on Hafnarborg in the player below.

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Happy Holidays

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Opening Hours over the Holidays

Hafnarborg is open from 12 to 5 p.m. everyday, except Tuesdays when the museum is closed.

The closing day of the current exhibitions, Japanese Design Today 100 and Through the Mink’s Eyes, will be on Saturday, December 23rd.

The museum will then be closed until the next exhibition opening on Saturday, January 20th 2018.

December 23rd – Open from 12 – 56 p.m.
December 24th–January 19th – CLOSED
Saturday, January 20th – New exhibitions open at 3 p.m.
Sunday, January 21st – Open from 12 – 5 p.m.

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Opening Hours during Christmas

December 23rd     Open from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
December 24th     Closed
December 25th     Closed
December 26th     Closed
December 27th     Closed
December 28th    Open from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
December 29th    Open from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
December 30th    Open from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
December 31th     Closed
January 1st             Closed

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Hafnarborg’s Museum Shop

Hafnarborg’s museum-shop focuses on Icelandic design, which has been hand picked with quality and natural materials in mind. In the store, you can find artistic gift items, tableware, jewelry, decorative items and accessories.

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The shop carries work from artists, designers and makers: Habbý Ósk, Helicopter, Katariina Guthwert, Marý Marý, Reykjavík Trading company, Thing and Things, Þórdís Baldursdóttir.

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In addition, the shop has a selection of books and catalogues related to the museum’s exhibitions and high quality cards with prints of artwork from the museum’s collection.

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The shop is open during the museum’s opening hours, everyday from 12 – 5 p.m, closed on Tuesdays.

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Summer Workshops in Hafnarborg

This summer, Hafnarborg will offer workshops for children, 6–12 years old. The groups will go on field trips in Hafnarfjörður and basic techniques of art will be introduced through discovery of the environment, by viewing the museum’s exhibitions and through creative work and play. The children will work on creative projects in different media with the purpose of training visual focus and stimulate creative thought and personal expression.

Two workshops are available for 6–9 year olds and 10–12 year olds:

June 9–16. From 9 am–12 pm, for 6–9 year olds,
6 days 13.000 ISK

June 9–16. From. 1 pm–4 pm, for 10–12 year olds,
6 days 13.000 ISK

June 20–July 1. From 9 am–12 pm, for 6–9 year olds,
10 days 19.000 ISK

June 20–July 1. From 1 pm–4 pm, for 10–12 year olds,
10 days 19.000 ISK

The workshop costs 13.000 ISK for 6 days or 19.000 ISK for 10 days.

Registration is through www.fristund.is or through Íbúagátt Hafnarfjarðar.

For more information, please contact Hafnarborg by telephone, 585 5790, or by email, hafnarborg@hafnarfjordur.is.

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Happy New Year!

We would like to wish you happy holidays and a joyous New Year and thank you for a great year in Hafnarborg 2015. We look forward to welcoming you to our upcoming exhibitions in 2016.

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