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Reykjavík International Literary Festival

The sixteenth edition of the RILF will take place on April 19 to April 23 2023!

Set in cozy venues in downtown Reykjavík every two years, the festival offers interesting and entertaining programs for literature enthusiasts. Over a span of more than 30 years, the festival has welcomed Nobel-prize winners, novelists, historians, political activists, philosophers, cartoonists and more to take part in lively programs.

All programs are in English and admission is free


RILF Program 2021

The full Festival Program: RILF_Program_English

Icelanders’ Self-image in Literature and a Different Perspective

Saturday September 11 13:00 The Nordic House (more…)

Halldór Laxness International Literary Prize: Elif Shafak

Saturday September 11 16:00 Veröld (more…)

Saša Stanišić

Saša Stanišić was born in Bosnia-Herzegovina and has a Bosnian mother and Serbian father. At…

Leïla Slimani

Leïla Slimani is a French writer of Moroccan descent. She made waves all around the…

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was born in Enugu, Nigeria in 1977. She grew up on the campus…

New Venue for Adichie: Grand Hall, University Cinema

Due to huge interest, the keynote event with Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie has been moved to…

Opinn fyrirlestur Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie í Háskólabíó

Fyrirlestur Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie hefur verið fluttur í Háskólabíó vegna gríðarlegs áhuga. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie,…

Festival Program: Print Format

The Festival Program is available on one sheet, perfect to print, but can also be…

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