|Photo: Scott Shigeoka
||Author: Julie Summers, Reykjavík, Iceland
How does an idea born in a Jordanian cave turn into a music and sustainability festival in Iceland, thousands of miles away? Hawaii native Scott Shigeoka was traveling in Jordan in 2014 when a chance encounter with two Bedouin men led to an evening of sharing stories. The conversation revolved around questions of place: who are we? where are we? and where do we belong? With these questions percolating in his mind long after he left, Shigeoka discovered the Icelandic sagas and began contemplating how he could create a community event centered around the question, “What’s our story?” The idea behind Saga Fest was born.
Saga Fest is a two-day community-driven music and arts festival with a strong emphasis on sustainability. The inaugural festival will be held May 23 to 24, 2015 at Stokkseyrarsel, a farm located near Selfoss, about 45 minutes outside Reykjavík.
Shigeoka has a journalism degree from Washington State University, a strong entrepreneurial streak, and a seemingly endless well of energy. Within a matter of months after that life-changing night in Jordan, he had secured funding through a Fulbright-mtvU grant, quit his job, and moved to Reykjavík.