The Festival – an Icelandic party that bridges generations
A documentary about one of the oldest music festivals in the world. It all started in the year 1874 in the valley Herjólfsdalur in the small islands Vestmannaeyjar in Iceland. The Festival is dear to the locals and is the most popular yearly gathering in Iceland. Around 20.000 people come together for a weekend of music, entertainment and adventures with friends and family.
The documentary sheds a light on all the traditions of The Festival, from the preparations to the clean up. We follow two local families during The Festival in the years 2014-2018. The film premiered in 2019, 145 years after The Festival was first held in The Valley.
The documentary shows unique footage of the biggest events of The Festival and tackles a debate in Iceland about security measures on festivals such as this. The film was five years in production and in total the producers used interviews from 127 people, mostly taken during The Festival.
Music by Halldór Gunnar Pálsson.
A film by Sighvatur Jónsson & Skapti Örn Ólafsson.
Published and distributed by SIGVA media © 2019