BAFTA-winning and Grammy-nominated composer and producer Ólafur Arnalds has launched OPIA, ‘a new multidisciplinary initiative focused on strengthening the scene where modern classical music meets electronic, inspiring curious creatives and art lovers alike.’ The initiative will encompass a travelling festival, a record label, and a community centred around Arnalds’ Discord channel. A launch concert has been announced in Berlin, headlined by Arnalds himself, taking place on October 18th.
OPIA had a stunted beginning, originally launching as a one-day festival at London’s Southbank Centre. While the event sold out and was a great success, with performances from Hania Rani, Poppy Ackroyd, Arnalds and his side-project Kiasmos, the ensuing pandemic put all physical plans on pause. However, the OPIA community began steadily growing online.