Dark Music Days

Presenter / Reykjavík (Iceland)

Páll Ragnar Pálsson, member of the board of directors

Dark Music Days provides the foremost platform for showcasing innovative and progressive contemporary music in Iceland. Established by the Society of Icelandic Composers in 1980, the festival places emphasis on premiering new and often experimental pieces that reflect the ever-growing diversity and creativity of contemporary music. The festival is today one of the most important festivals of contemporary music in Iceland, where the music of Icelandic composers blends with current events and renowned international music. The role of Dark Music Days in the musical community in Iceland is vital both as an eye-opener for the general public and as a place where composers and musicians can experience new music for inspiration. The focus of the festival is to encourage new projects to happen and the festival seeks to include as many premieres as possible, making the festival daring in terms of programming events.


  • Active period: End of January
  • Founded: 1980
  • Number of events per year / of publications: 22
Páll Ragnar Pálsson