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Reykjavik Sets Date For Venue Opening

REYKJAVIK, ICELAND (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — After a strenuous run on Iceland's economy, it seems as though 2011 may be a new beginning as the country plans to unveil its new waterfront concert hall and conference center.

Iceland's capital of Reykjavik will serve as the home for Harpa, which is planned to open on May 4, 2011 with a concert by the Iceland Symphony Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy according to the Iceland Review. The grand opening ceremony will take place on May 14, 2011.

In addition to a 1,800 seat auditorium, the Harpa will accommodate many functions with numerous conference rooms, an exhibition hall that can hold up to 2,000 people, and function spaces with spectacular views of Reykjavik's harbor on three sides of the building.

Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson is designing the building’s glass façade, working closely with architects from the Denmark firm of Henning Larsen according to Ice News. –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers