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Sirkus Gets a Second Chance in Seyðisfjörður

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Sirkus Gets a Second Chance in Seyðisfjörður

Sirkus club

Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

Beloved Reykjavík nightclub and concert venue Sirkus, which closed in 2007, will be reborn in the East Fjords harborside village of Seyðisfjörður, Vísir reports. The club will be reopened with almost all of its original fittings, including chairs and the bar top itself. Two years after the club’s closing, a new location was opened in the Faroe Islands, but this is its first reincarnation in Iceland.

Owner Sigríður Guðlaugsdóttir recently moved to Seyðisfjörður, which is known for its active art scene, including the LungA art school and annual festival, the Heima Collective, and the Skaftafell Center for Visual Art, among other local endeavors. Sigríður has stored the remains of Sirkus in a shipping container in Hafnarfjörður for the last eight years, but now plans to reopen the venue in the next few months.

In addition to the furniture and fittings, Sigríður also still has Sirkus’ old sound equipment and some more sentimental paraphernalia, such as a soundboard that belonged to Sigur Rós and the venue’s original wall art.

Sigríður says that she thinks that Sirkus will flourish in Seyðisfjörður’s rich cultural scene. “Reykjavík has changed an enormous amount. For me, it’s just like any other big city. I miss the little 101 village that I lived and grew up in.”

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