Iceland and Manitoba converge for four weekends of cultural exchange in May. Núna (now) kicks off its multidisciplinary arts festival April 30, bringing together artists from Iceland and Manitoba. The fourth annual event hits various venues throughout Winnipeg and Gimli, showcasing dance, visual arts, film, theatre, literature, and, of course, music.
Núna offers several concerts with homegrown talent on stage with some of Iceland's best, as well as events blending music and visual arts. Fans of indie electro pop have two chances to catch Winnipeg's Oldfolks Home with Reykjavík's FM Belfast. Icelandic indie singer/songwriter Ólöf Arnalds will also be featured over two nights with acclaimed Manitoba songstress Christine Fellows and electronic artist Blunderspublik.
You can also get an exclusive sneak preview of the soon-to-be released feature-length tour documentary featuring hometown heroes The Weakerthans. Directed by frequent Weakerthans collaborator Caelum Vatnsdal, We're the Weakerthans, We're from Winnipeg documents the band's cross-Canada tour from the spring of 2009. The documentary is also set to air on MTS TV Winnipeg On Demand in coming months.
This year's celebration includes everything from screenings to multimedia pieces, theatrical productions, lectures, parties, and more. Below is a quick guide to music at Núna. For full schedule info please visit www.nunanow.com.
MUSIC AT NUNA
APRIL 30: FM Belfast w/ Oldfolks Home @ Royal Albert Arms, Winnipeg
MAY 1: FM Belfast w/ Oldfolks Home @ The Gimli Theatre, Gimli
MAY 6: Ólöf Arnalds w/ Christine Fellows @ The Johnson Hall, Gimli
MAY 7: Ólöf Arnalds w/ Christine Fellows + Blunderpublik @ WECC, Winnipeg
MAY 8: Film screening of music documentary We're the Weakerthans, We're from Winnipeg @ The Globe Theatre, Winnipeg
MAY 13: Visual art and music: Sara Riel mural unveiling + Daníel Ágúst Haraldsson @ 3rd Floor, Berns & Black Building, Winnipeg
MAY 15: Visual art and music: Inland/Outland – Iceland w/ Svavar Jonatansson and and Daníel Ágúst Haraldsson @ aceartinc., Winnipeg
MAY 21: DJ Magic + Mama Cutsworth @ The Lo Pub, Winnipeg