The festival focuses on the working process.

We celebrate first sketches, research processes, gut feelings, watering of seeds coming from unknown places. We offer artists opportunities to try out new things, follow ideas that perhaps lead them to nowhere. We want to research the creative process, together in a complete artistic freedom.

The building block of LÓKAL this year is the artist workshop Kveikjur, in which four artists are given time and space to fondle in the dark with inspirations and seeds that are yet to take shape. Three Inspirereswill help guide them by sharing tools they have gathered on their own journey through artistic darkness.

On the opening night of the festival these inpireres will give talks on the creative process. The artist at the workshop will then have one week to work on their seeds and present the results at the festival on sunday.

Besides the workshop there will be opening ritual, open research, works in progress, crash course in feedback and more. For more detailed program click here.

LÓKAL 2019 is the first festival with new artistic directors: Eva Rún Snorradóttir and J. Vala Höskuldsdóttir. They took over from the creators: Bjarni Jónsson, Ragnheiður Skúladóttir and Guðrún Jóhanna Guðmundsdóttir who founded the festival in 2008.


Eva Rún Snorradóttir

an independent theater artist and a write. She is a member of two Reykjavík based performance groups The Extended Life Performance Group Kviss búmm bang and 16 lovers.


Vala Höskuldsdóttir

an independent performance artist and musician. She is a founding member of the band and performance duo: A band called Eva and a member of the theatre ensamble Stertabenda.