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Love peace and happiness at Saga music and arts festival this spring in South Iceland

By Staff

  • Saga fest location Stokkseyrasel farm is around 50 km (31 mi) from Reykjavík, or just about half an hour drive from the capital.

A group of local and international organizers are staging a two-day music and arts festival at a farm in South Iceland inspired by the Sagas of Icelanders. No, not the violent and gory parts that those old stories of Iceland’s first generations of settlers are probably most famous for, but their spirit of connection to the environment and history.

“The idea is for participants to come as who they are, and to leave Saga Fest as a changed person. It's all about transformation,” says Hawaiian Scott Shigeoka, one of the festival's organisers.

The Saga Fest is taking place May 23rd to May 24th on Stokkseyrarsel farm in South Iceland, close to town Selfoss and villages Eyrarbakki and Stokkseyri. Scott explains that the festival is committed to connecting people to each other and the planet. “Together, participants and the local community will create a festival environment that promotes openness, creativity and change.”

The oranizers are intentional about making the festival sustainable and are working with partners like Landvernd, the Icelandic Environment Association, a national non-governmental organization focusing on environmental issues, to make it happen.

There will be a lot of different experiences going on at the Saga Fest, according to Scott.  Here is his list of a few selected ones:

-Music performances by Icelandic and international artists on a custom-built stage made out of found materials.

-DJ’s that will make you dance all night in our geodesic domes.

Participate in immersive art experiences.

-At midnight, storytellers will guide us through an epic saga around a bonfire.

-Plant your festival ticket, which is printed on plantable seed paper, as you enter the festival grounds.

-BYOI” (Bring Your Own Instrument): participants are encouraged to jam anywhere.

-While our main stage will host our line-up of artists, we encourage participation in open mic, storytelling and theater at our community stage.

-At our jam sessions, we encourage you to play, experiment and create with other participants.

-Campfires for authentic connection and gathering.

-Exciting line-up of workshops on topics like: building eco-skateboards, free-form dance classes, Modern-Day Meditation, constructing an organ with found materials, Icelandic shamanism, foraging, pesto and jam making, improv comedy and an Icelandic wool crafting master-class.

-A selection of local, sustainable and healthy food through curated vendors and a farmer’s market.

You can buy a ticket to the festival at Midi.is

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