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Reykjavík International Literary Festival

The seventeenth edition of the RILF will take place in April 2025!

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


Events in 2024 and 2025

The International Halldór Laxness Literary Award will be presented for the fourth time in September…

Hannah Kent: Opening Adress 2023

Good evening everyone. I cannot overstate how special it is for me to be here…

THE ORÐSTÍR PRIZE 2023: Award for the translation of Icelandic Literature

The President of Iceland presented the fifth annual Orðstír Prize at the Presidential Residence on…



Printable Program and Streaming Links

Here you can find the Printable Program 2023 and below are the links to follow the streaming…

Off venue: Publication of Writers Adrift, Essays by foreign born writers in Iceland

Icelanders used to be a very efficient nation, utilizing everything that washed ashore. The ocean…

Opening of the Sixteenth Edition of the Reykjavík International Literary Festival

Lilja Alfreðsdóttir, Minister of Culture and Business Affairs, opens the festival and Australian writer Hannah…
Full Program

Past Events

Past participants

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