From November 3 – 10, 2015, Columbia College students — including Radio, Broadcast Journalism, Multimedia Journalism: News and Editing, Business & Entrepreneurship, Cultural Studies, Live and Performing Arts Management, and Poetry majors — will venture to Reykjavík, Iceland, to cover Iceland Airwaves Music Festival via the Covering International Festivals: Iceland course. Here is a collection of their previews, live reviews, artist interviews, podcasts, daily blogs, on-air segments and more from the class and the trip.
Listen to Our Full Final Iceland Airwaves Radio Documentary Below, by Benedict Jones
In case you missed the live broadcast over the weekend, listen to the full Iceland Airwaves 2015 radio documentary below.
It features the following stories (in order of their appearance in the documentary):
Benedict Jones explores the Reykjavík street art scene, Laura Kondourajian looks into Reykjavik’s architecture, Katie Gwen finds out about Paganism, Shannon Elder elaborates on the differences between divorce in Iceland and the U.S., Meg Caldwell spoke to women in Iceland about gender violence, Benedict Jones takes us through the evolution of Women’s rights in Iceland, Andriana Bozovic spoke to the LGBT association Samtokin, Katie Gwen looks into the reemergence of Magical Staves and Mercedes Nixon-Palmer spoke to three Icelanders about the Syrian refugee crisis.
We also covered music from Arstidir, Lucy in Blue, Axel Flovent, Ulfur Ulfur, Cheddy Carter, Dream Wife, Soley, speak to Reykjavík record shop and label 12 Tónar co-owner Johannes Agustsson about Iceland’s growing hip-hop scene, find out the background on hákarl, and more.
We’re gearing up to air our Final Iceland Airwaves 2015 Radio Documentary, January 9th at noon CT and for our encore presentation January 10th at 7 p.m. CT onWCRX-FM 88.1 in Chicago (live stream here)! If you can’t tune in live, come right back here after it airs and the entire doc will be posted to listen to at any time. In the meantime, listen to teaser previews of stories from the forthcoming final doc and check out a film “trailer” from our trip, by Shannon Elder
Watch as we arrived in Iceland and explored the city of Reykjavík. We ventured into the countryside to see the The Golden Circle and relaxed at The Blue Lagoon. We sampled the legendary fermented shark in the flea market, which got mixed reviews between us who dared to try it. We often ate hot dogs at Baejarins Beztu Pylsur, and every night we saw performances by different artists such as Lucy In Blue and Beach House.
Tune in to our Final Radio Documentary, January 9th and 10th, 2016 on WCRX, by Mercedes Nixon-Palmer
Stay tuned right here for our Iceland Airwaves 2015 final radio documentary, which will air at noon CT on Saturday, January 9th, and during our encore presentation on Sunday, January 10th at 7 p.m. CT on WCRX-FM 88.1 in Chicago (live stream here). In the meantime, check out live reviews, interviews produced during the trip, daily blogs, previews and more culled beforehand and during our trip to Iceland Airwaves 2015.
Last month, the Covering International Festivals: Iceland class of 2015 flew to Reykjavík, Iceland to explore the city and dive into the music and culture of the beautiful Nordic island. Now that we’re back, we have an hour long documentary full of stories to share. After checking out bands like Dream Wife and Úlfur Úlfur, the seven of us are well-acquainted with Icelandic music. But it’s not all about the music. We interviewed some incredible people about topics we found most interesting, things like architecture, Paganism, Magical Staves, violence against women, Feminism, LGBTQA+ rights, and the Syrian Refugee Crisis. The documentary will showcase the reports from Andriana Bozovic, Meg Caldwell, Laura Kondourajian, Shannon Elder, Benedict Jones, Katie Gwen, and myself!
And one from Meg Caldwell and me:
It’s almost time for our Final Iceland Airwaves 2015 Radio Documentary, which airs January 9th at noon CT, with an encore presentation January 10th at 7 p.m. CT on WCRX-FM 88.1 in Chicago (live stream here)! In the meantime, check out our “blooper reel,” by Katie Gwen
From our first set of interviews to the last few edits of the final stories, the class of seven are no strangers to mispronunciations and the other cuts that come with. Within the midst of interview and review filled work in Iceland, Airwaves 2015 brought memories back to the States with the group. In the tradition of the whimsical liveliness of the Norse country, we’ve compiled a set of outtakes from our audio documentary about Iceland. Enjoy!
November 30, 2015
Iceland Airwaves 2015 Photo Album, by Andriana Bozovic
Stay tuned right here for our Iceland Airwaves 2015 final radio documentary, which will air on WCRX-FM 88.1 in Chicago (live stream here) in the near future. In the meantime, check out our photo album from the trip.
Here are a wide array of the photos by our instructor Althea Legaspi, and students Andriana Bozovic, Benedict Jones, Laura Kondourajian, Meg Caldwell, Mercedes Nixon-Palmer, Shannon Elder, and Katie Gwen. A few of the interesting places we went to include: Hallgrimskirkja, Kolaportid, Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Waterfall, Blue Lagoon, Harpa Concert Hall, Tapas Barinn, Geysir Hot Springs, and more!
Follow along on our adventures in Iceland, from Nov. 4-10! Hear the students’ interviews, read their nightly Iceland Airwaves concert reviews, see their daily blogs/excursions and listen to audio stories produced during the festival. You can also check out the music and cultural preview stories they culled prior to the fest. Stay tuned right here for news on our radio documentary, which will air live on WCRX-FM 88.1 in Chicago and will stream here in the near future.
Listen to our full Iceland Airwaves Preview Show! by Katie Gwen
For those that missed the class of 2015 Covering International Festivals: Iceland‘s Preview Radio Show last night, don’t fret. We’re bringing you the entire show to listen to at your convenience.
Hitting Reykjavík for their annual music festival, Iceland Airwaves, we’re showing off some of the stories pushing us to the festival and the culture of Iceland itself. Hear pieces from Andriana Bozovic, Benedict Jones, Laura Kondourajian, Meg Caldwell, Mercedes Nixon-Palmer, Shannon Elder, and me, Katie Gwen. Listen to Icelandic music and interviews with Sóley, Cell7, Dikta, Æla, Reykjavíkurdætur and more, plus our cultural stories, which span topics from Iceland’s naming laws to social media advice for music festivals.
Listen now to the show that aired on WCRX:
We’re headed to Iceland Airwaves to cover the festival and cultural stories! Follow our adventures live beginning Nov. 4 right here on our blog and our main class page where we’ll be reviewing shows each night, producing audio stories and more.
Tune In: Iceland Airwaves Preview Show, October 27, 7 to 9 p.m. by Katie Gwen
The 2015 Covering International Festivals: Iceland class is getting ready to take off with professor, Althea Legaspi. With our bags packed and ready to hit the city of Reykjavík for their annual music festival, we’re bringing our stories to the streets of Chicago first. Coming up on Tuesday, October 27th on WCRX-FM, Columbia’s own will be previewing the stories, music, and news of Iceland that are luring us towards foreign shores.
Join us: Andriana Bozovic, Benedict Jones, Laura Kondourajian, Meg Caldwell, Mercedes Nixon-Palmer, Shannon Elder, and me, Katie Gwen, for stories ranging from the pure-bred sheep of the land to differences between their festivals and ours.
Check out our promo:
We’re gearing up for Iceland Airwaves 2015! Tune in to WCRX-FM 88.1 in Chicago or stream the Iceland Airwaves 2015 preview show on Tuesday, October 27 from 7 to 9 p.m. CT. Hear the cultural and music preview stories the class has been working on in preparation for the trip. In the meantime, check out the students’ first previews of Icelandic artists they will be covering at Iceland Airwaves, watch and listen to the music they’ve shared in their posts.