Vaka 2018

Anna FältVaka Folk Arts Festival
Tradition for Tomorrow

The fourth Vaka Folk Arts Festival takes place in

Akureyri, North Iceland, from the 30th May – 2nd June 2018

The Vaka Folk Arts Festival presents a singular opportunity to enjoy Iceland’s very best folk musicians and dancers along with performers from northern Europe – who are all deeply rooted in the traditions of their place. 


Artists at Vaka 2018 are Spilmenn Ríkínís (Iceland), Matti Kallio Trio (Finland), Gefjun, Iðunn and Ríma societies of traditional rimur-singers (Iceland), Eeva-Kaisa Kohonen (Finland), Claire White (Shetlands), Accordion Society of Eyarfjörður (Iceland), Marilyn Tucker & Paul Wilson (England), Vefarinn dance society (Iceland), Anna Fält (Finland), Funi (Iceland), Sporið dance group (Iceland), Matt Quinn (England), Strilaringen dance group (Norway).

VefarinnOur festival artists attend all four days of the festival, so there are numerous opportunities to meet, chat and play with them. In addition to their concerts and workshops, the musicians also regularly take part in open jam sessions – so don’t miss out on a chance to learn from some of Europe’s best performers!

Vaka is a small and friendly festival with a varied programme that offers something for everyone.

  • Afternoon talk-shows, Music & Chat, where you can meet the festival artists and learn about their tradition and instruments
  • Evening concerts and dance displays, where you can listen to the ancient Icelandic rímur ballads and the old traditional instruments, langspil and fiðla, alongside performances carrying the old traditions into the future. 
  • Afternoon choir and folk dance workshops.
  • Informal song and tune sessions and social dancing, where everyone is welcome to join in.


Matti Kallio Trio

Vaka is held in the vibrant town of Akureyri, the small capital of northern Iceland.  With its spectacular scenery and historic sites, which are home to many rich folklore traditions, Akureyri is the ideal location for our festival and a great base for exploring the north of Iceland.


Main concerts take place in the state of the art Hof Cultural Centre, which is located down town, right beside the harbour. Hof is also home to TónAK, the Akureyri music school with which Vaka runs a comprehensive workshop programme during the festival. Other festival events and sessions take place in intimate local settings, Bláa kannan café and Götubarinn, that are within easy walking distance of the many and varied cafes, restaurants and bars in the town centre.



During the festival, Vaka's main information booth and ticket office is located in Hof Cultural Centre. Before the festival week you can contact us via email at: vaka(at)

Tickets for Vaka 2018

Festival season ticket giving admission to all ticketed events - 9.000 kr.* ($90 US / €75  /£65 sterling)

Evening concerts Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at Hof Cultural Centre - 2.800 kr. * ( $328 US /  £20 / €23)

Grand Finale Concert and Fishermen's ball, Saturday 2nd June at Hof Cultural Centre - 3.000 kr. * ( $30 US /  £21 / €24)

Workshops - Donation at the door

* Discounts

Vaka offers discounts on tickets for: senior citizens aged 67 and over, children and full time students, unemployed and registered disabled people.

Coffee concerts at Bláa kannan café - free admission

Sessions at Götubarinn - free admission

Tickets can be bought on-line at:

or from

Hof Cultural Centre box office: Phone 450 1000 

The box office in Hof is open all weekdays from 12.00 - 18.00 and for three hours before each show.