What emerged after dozens of interviews and facilitated Town Hall meetings with various community members was a collective need and desire for authentic connection and sustainable lifestyles.
Transformative music and arts festivals provide opportunities for diverse communities to gather, co-create and deeply connect with each other. They are essentially pop-up experiences that serve as a training ground for people to imagine and design radical and fresh takes on the concept of "community." The goal of the Saga Fest community is to promote sustainable lifestyles, vulnerability and active participation.
Saga Fest focuses on fostering the social health of a community through co-creation. People were able to connect deeply and authentically to a diverse group of people—elders, children, artists, farmers, politicians, musicians and entrepreneurs—through sharing stories, creating art and music, cooking and eating together, and participating in dozens of workshops.
The community built two stages for music performances, art, dance, poetry and storytelling, two geodesic domes for a range of workshops (yoga, meditation, dance, shamanism, storytelling, community building, permaculture and skateboard design as examples), a fire that acted as a central hub for participant-driven programming and a variety of food experiences.
The inaugural festival took place on Stokkseyrarsel, a sustainable farm in southern Iceland nestled between the highland mountains and the North Atlantic ocean, near the villages of Eyrarbakki (pop. 570) and Stokkseyri (pop. 455).
N4 Iceland Broadcast Station - Saga Fest í Suðurland - Link to newscast
Iceland Review - Saga Fest Review - Link to article
RUV 2 Poppland - Radio Interview with Siggi and Bylgja
X-ID 97.7 - Radio Interview with Seshen, Tristan and Bylgja
Iceland Review - Not Your Usual Festival: Saga Fest, a preview - Link to article
Radio Iceland - Saga Fest interview with Scott - Link to video
Poppland - Interview with Siggi Ingi Einarsson and Sigriður Bylgja Sigurjónsdóttir - Link to audio (starts at 2hr 39min 04secs)
Reykjavík Grapevine - "We Want People To Be Vulnerable": Saga Fest Mainstay Spills the Beans - Link to article
Iceland Magazine - Two-day music and arts festival inspired by the Sagas of Icelanders - Link to article
Iceland Review - Saga-Fest – nichts für Einzelgänger - Link to article
Upplifðu Suðurland - Kynningarfundar Lista og Tónlistarhátiðarinnar Saga Fest - Link to article
Arts Entrepreneurs Podcast - Interview with Scott Shigeoka - Link to podcast
Iceland Magazine - Love, Peace and Happiness at Saga music and arts Festival in Southern Iceland - Link to article
WOW air in-flight magazine - A festival with a saga - Link to article
Visir.is - Níu hljómsveitir á Saga Fest - Link to article
Frettablaðið - Hægt að gróðursetja miðann - Link to article