Surrounded by magical mountain tops and waterfalls that sing, the town of Seyðisfjörður opens its doors for creative youths (referring to circa 18–25 year olds) at the annual art festival LungA.surrounded byUmvafinn magicalkynngimögnuðum (magical) mountain topsfjallstindum andog Uncommon descriptor, author is being poeticsingingsyngjandi waterfallsfossum opensopnar town of SeyðisfjörðurSeyðisfjarðarbær doorsdyr theirsínar forfyrir creativeskapandi young peopleungmennum oná thehinni yearlyárlegu art festivallistahátíð LungA.The festival celebrated its 15 year old birthday this year. the festivalHátíðin celebratedfagnaði 15fimmtán years ára birthdayafmæli theirssínu this yearí this yearár.For a whole week in July, there were seven art workshops open, which finished by throwing an art show, inÍ wholeheila weekviku iní Julyjúlí wasvoru operatedstarfræktar 7sjö art workshopslistasmiðjur whichsem finishedlauk withmeð art showlistasýningu,a festival to celebrate the hard work, and a final concert. harvest festivaluppskeruhátíð andog final concertlokatónleikum.The atmosphere was phenomenal to say the least, and festival-goers all agreed that they'd return in a year mood, atmosphereStemningin wasvar to say the leastvægast to say the leastsagt phenomenalmögnuð andog festival visitorshátíðargestir are in agreemnetsammála aboutum thatað theyþeir wouldmyndu comekoma againaftur in a yearað in a yearári.
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Art festival named "LungA"LungA
If you ever want to finally figure out whether you're boring or not, you should go to Seyðisfjörður (in the east of Iceland) and stay there for a little while.„ifEf youþú wantvilt some timeeinhvern tímann to find outkomast að því whetherhvort youþú aresért boringleiðinlegur “you shall”you shouldskaltu gofara totil Seyðisfjarðar andog stay, spend timedvelja thereþar iní a little bitsmá timetíma.“
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Jonatan Spjelberg and Lasse Hogenhof are Danes (from Denmark). They first came to Seyðifsjörður in the year 2010 and fell in love with the place right away,the Danish menDanirnir Jonatan Spjelberg andog Lasse Høgenhof camekomu firstfyrst totil Seyðisfjarðar the yearárið 2010 andog becameurðu immediatelystrax enamored, in loveástfangnir ofaf the placestaðnum, the people and the mysterious naturethe peoplefólkinu andog the mysteriousdularfullu the naturenáttúrunni. They're both alumni of the same school, "Kaos Pilots", and they are the founders of the LungA School along with Björt Sigfinnsdóttur, she also manages LungA's art workshops.theyÞeir areeru bothbáðir people from the Danish school "Kaos Pilot"Kaos people from the Danish school "Kaos Pilot"Pilot-ar ofað educationmennt andog foundersstofnendur LungA schoolskólans along withásamt Björt Sigfinnsdóttur Used here to connect sentencesbuten whehún manages, takes care ofsér alsoeinnig manages, takes care ofum art workshopslistasmiðjurnar oná LungA festivalhátíðinni. In the year 2011 they bought the house "HOME" which is an international residence for artists.the yearÁrið 2011 boughtkeyptu theyþeir the househúsið "HOME"HEIMA whichsem iser internationalalþjóðlegt residenceaðsetur forfyrir artistslistamenn. Since then they have had one foot in Seyðisfjörður and are of the opinion that the town is one of the most beautiful places in the word.One foot in Seyðisfjörður and the other in Denmark (almost like he's living in both)since thenSíðan þá havehafa theyþeir beenverið withmeð one of twoannan footfótinn iní Seyðisfirði andog “are on it”are of the opinioneru á því thatað the townbærinn issé oneeinn most beautifulfallegasti placestaður iní the worldheiminum.
Why did you come to Seyðisfjörður?whyAf hverju camekomuð youþið tiltil Seyðisfjarðar?
We came here for the first time in 2010.„weVið camekomum herehingað iní firstfyrsta timeskiptið yearárið 2010. Björt invited us to come be a part of a young people exchange project and take part in art workshops at LungA.Björt invitedbauð usokkur to comeað koma andog bevera withmeð iní young people exchangeungmennaskipta projectverkefni andog taketaka partþátt iní art workshopslistasmiðjunum oná LungA. We met her through Karos Pilot (Danish school) so coming here was the natural thing to do.weVið knewþekktum herhana throughí gegnum Danish school named "Kaos Pilot"Kaos Pilot sosvo itþað “laid directly by”was the natural thing to dolá beint við to comeað koma herehingað. The stay was magical.the stayDvölin wasvar magictöfrum most likelíkast.“
Years later along with others they bought a house in Seyðisfjörður which is called HEIMA (HOME).yearÁri laterseinna boughtkeyptu theyþeir along withásamt othersöðrum househús oná Seyðisfirði whichsem is calledkallast HEIMA.
The second time that we came here we decided to buy a house and make it into a mix between an art residence and a communal space.„the secondAnnað timeskiptið thatsem wevið camekomum herehingað decidedákváðum wevið to buyað kaupa househús andog make it intogera það að mixblöndu ofaf art residencelistaaðsetri andog communekommúnu. We get many artists from everywhere in the world who stay here for a long time.weVið getfáum manymarga artistslistamenn all place(s)alls staðar fromað out ofúr the worldheiminum whichsem staydvelja herehér iní longlangan timetíma. They either work independently or with each other, and they also do something for the town.theyÞeir workvinna independantlysjálfstætt oreða eachhver withmeð othersöðrum andog dogera alsolíka somethingeitthvað forfyrir the townbæinn. It is very lovely to have them here.itÞað iser verymjög lovelyyndislegt to haveað hafa themþá herehér.“
What is it about Seyðisfjörður that makes you want to live here?whatHvað iser itþað “to”aboutvið Seyðisfjörð whichsem makeslætur youykkur wantvilja livebúa herehérna?
I don't know.„I Ég knowveit thatþað notekki. I have spent a lot of time trying to figure that out, and I don't think I will ever understand that in reality.IÉg havehef spenteytt muchmiklum timetíma iní tryingað reyna “to find that out”to figure that outað finna það út andog Iég thinkheld thatað Iég willmuni neveraldrei understandskilja thatþað iní realityraun. The first time that I came here I fell in love with the place.inÍ the firstfyrsta timeskiptið thatsem Iég camekom herehingað becamevarð Iég enamored, in loveástfanginn ofaf the placestaðnum. The people here are very strange and affectionate at the same time.the peopleFólkið herehérna areer verymjög strangeskrítið andog affectionateblítt oná samesama timetíma. There is also plenty of space for everyone here.hereHér iser alsolíka plentynóg ofaf spaceplássi forfyrir everyonealla. We have to started to get to know the town's way of life better and better, and we have acquired many friends.weVið “are gone to”have started toerum farnir að get to knowkynnast town lifebæjarlífinu betterabetur andog betterbetur andog havehöfum acquiredeignast manymarga friendsvini.
Everything is so pure and safe here.hereHér iser allallt sosvo pure, cleartært andog safeöruggt. It is because of the mountains.itÞað iser More often written in two words, "út af"because ofútaf the mountainsfjöllunum. The mountaintops look after you, but at the same time they can be threatening.the mountain topsTindarnir look after, take care ofpassa upp á you, oneselfmann buten atá samesama timetíma cangeta theyþeir beverið threateningógnandi, but still in a positive way.but stillsamt oná positivejákvæðan way, mannerhátt. The power that comes from them is encouraging.the powerKrafturinn thatsem comeskemur fromfrá themþeim iser encouraginghvetjandi.
If you want to figure out whether you are boring sometime, you should go to Seyðisfjörður and stay there a while.ifEf youþú wantvilt some timeeinhvern tímann figure outkomast að því whetherhvort youþú aresért boringleiðinlegur should youskaltu gofara totil Seyðisfjarðar andog staydvelja thereþar iní a little bit timetíma. Because nothing happens until you make it happen yourself.becauseÞví itþað iser nothingekkert happeningað gerast untilþangað til youþú makelætur somethingeitthvað happengerast yourselfsjálfur. In large cities there is constantly something happening to keep you busy.inÍ large citiesstórborgum iser constantstöðugt somethingeitthvað happeningí gangi in order totil þess to keepað halda youþér busyuppteknum, endless entertainment available.endlessendalaus entertainmentafþreying offeredí boði. Here it isn't like that.hereHérna iser thatþað notekki like thatþannig, Everything depends on what people create for themselves.allallt “rolls”Not common usage in this contextdependsveltur oná itþví whathvað peoplefólkið createskapar forfyrir themselfsig selfsjálft.“
Do you think LungA and, now the school as well, affect the town life?do you think, is your opinionFinnst you guysykkur LungA andog nownú the schoolskólinn havehafa effectáhrif oná town lifebæjarlífið?
Yes, the festival obviously affects it a lot.„yesJá, the festivalhátíðin hashefur obviouslyaugljóslega muchmikil effectáhrif. Thousands of people come here over the week, which triples the amount of people in town.moreMeira thanen thousandsþúsundir of menmanna comekoma to herehingað overyfir the weekvikuna whichsem triplesþrefaldar the amount (of people)fjöldann iní townbænum. It is very fun to see so many young people walk around the town because it gives it so much life.itÞað iser verymjög fungaman to seeað sjá so svona muchmikið ofaf youngungu peoplefólki walkganga aroundum the townbæinn becauseþví itþað givesgefur him (referring to the town)honum sosvo muchmikið lifelíf. Usually this age group moves to the capital city or to foreign countries to study or work, so it makes a lot of difference to get that age group here.the custom, the habit, what is usualVenjan iser thatað thisþessi age groupaldurshópur moveflytji totil capital cityhöfuðborgarinnar oreða totil foreign countriesútlanda totil studyað læra oreða workvinna sosvo thatþað changes, makes a differencebreytir muchmiklu to getað fá him (referring to the age group)hann to herehingað. It has such a large and good effect on the everyday atmosphere.itÞað hashefur sosvo muchmikil andog goodgóð effectáhrif oná thehið everydayhversdagslega ambiance, atmosphereandrúmsloft.“
Can you tell me a little bit about the LungA school?can youGetiði tellsagt a little bitaðeins fromfrá LungA the schoolskólanum?
The idea ignited from LungA ideology.What they really mean here is ambiguous or vague.„the ideaHugmyndin came up, ignitedkviknaði out fromút frá ideologyhugmyndafræði LungA. The school is international.the schoolSkólinn iser internationalalþjóðleg, an independent educational institution, and it is the first school of its kind in the country.independantsjálfstæð educational institutionmenntastofnun andog iser the firstfyrsti schoolskóli its ownsinnar typetegundar herehér oná countrylandi. Danish community colleges are the model, and we are offering 12-week courses.DanishDanskir a Danish type of school teaching sport or art for one year after high schoollýðháskólar areeru modelfyrirmyndin andog “offered is up on”is offeredboðið er upp á 12 weekvikna courseskúrsa. We want to encourage the uniqueness of individuals and support our students so they find their wood to a stronger self-image,weVið wantviljum “push under”boost, encourageýta undir unique statussérstöðu the individualeinstaklingsins andog “support the back of”supportstyðja við bakið á studentsnemendum oursokkar sosvo theyþeir findfinni theirsína wayleið on the way toí átt að strongersterkari self imagesjálfsmynd, along with maturing and better understanding the world we live in, and finding their role in it.along withásamt því matureað þroskast andog understandskilja betterbetur the worldheiminn whichsem wevið livebúum iní andog findfinna theirsitt rolehlutverk iní him (referring to the world)honum. We work through the language of art and creativity.weVið carry outframkvæmum throughí gegnum languagetungumál of the artlistarinnar andog of the creativitysköpunargáfunnar. Earlier in winter we held a month-long trial course which went very well.earlierFyrr iní wintervetur heldhéldum wevið month longmánaðarlangt trial courseprufunámskeið whichsem wentgekk veryafar wellvel. The students said the thing that stood out was the people,the studentsNemendurnir saidsögðu thatað thatþað whichsem hadhafi stood outstaðið upp úr wasværi the peoplefólkið, the student group, and the instructors.the student groupnemendahópurinn andog the instructorsleiðbeinendurnir. We focus a lot on the group being able to work close together.weVið “lay much up out of it”assign much importance toleggjum mikið upp úr því thatað the grouphópurinn cangeti workunnið closenáið togethersaman. It doesn't matter if you possess any knowledge in the arts.itÞað mattersskiptir notekki mattersmáli whetherhvort youþú posesshefur yfir að búa knowledge, skillkunnáttu iní artslistum, or want to build upon your skills.oreða wantlangar totil add toað bæta við educationmenntun yourþína. It is important that you have passion to learn and explore,itÞað iser importantmikilvægt thatað youþú hafehafir passionástríðu totil learnað læra andog investigaterannsaka, and an open mind towards unexpected surprises and challenges.andog openopinn mindhuga towardsgagnvart unexpectedóvæntum surprise situationsuppákomum andog challangesáskorunum. We will have varied courses which will without a doubt expand [student's] horizons.weVið will haveverðum með variedfjölbreytt coursesnámskeið whichsem willmunu withoután doubtefa expandvíkka the horizonsjóndeildarhringinn (the horizon).“
Below you can find images from the festival.hereHér belowað neðan areeru imagesmyndir fromfrá the festivalhátíðinni.