In Search of Magic – A Proposal for a New Constitution for the Republic of Iceland
Collaborative artists Libia Castro & Ólafur Ólafsson invited a group of composers, musicians, organizations, activists and members of the public to join them in creating a multivocal music and visual art performance bringing to life all 114 articles of the proposed new Icelandic constitution from 2011. Free entry.
The new constitution was written in response to the Icelandic public‘s demand following the 2008 political and economic crisis, with the key aim of contributing to a fairer and more democratic society. The project gained international attention for its innovative, democratic approach. On October 20, 2012, the nation voted yes to its new constitution. Nonetheless, it has still not been ratified by the Icelandic parliament.
Eight years later, Libia & Ólafur and the Magic Team wish to harness the power and magic of the arts to tackle the public‘s demand for a new constitution, which remains just as urgent.
By bringing together a wide spectrum of artists and civilians, the group works in the spirit of the civilian mass movement that brought about the so-called Pots and Pans Revolution, calling for an open, more active democracy where all voices are heard and attended to.
Libia Castro & Ólafur Ólafsson and Cycle Art Festival.
Composers, performers and other collaborators
Libia Castro & Ólafur Ólafsson
Þórunn Gréta Sigurðardóttir
Aqqalu Bertelssen aka Uyarakq
Viktor Orri Árnason
Bjöllukór Tónstofu Valgerðar
Meðlimir úr Kvæðamannafélaginu Iðunni
Hallveig Rúnarsdóttir (sópran), Jón Svavar Jósefsson (bassi), Tinna Þorsteinsdóttir (pianó)
Ylfa Þöll Ólafsdóttir
Samtök kvenna um nýja stjórnarskrá og almenningur
Project Managers & Curators
Guðný Guðmundsdóttir og Sunna Ástþórsdóttir
Nordic Culture Point
Tónlistarsjóður Music Fund
Ministry For Foreign Affairs
Town of Kópavogur
The performance is part of the Reykjavik Arts Festival.