On 25 January 2007, Bifröst University, the Icelandic Opera and the Icelandic Musicians’ Union founded the Cultural Research Centre at Bifröst University. Dr. Ágúst Einarsson, Rector of the University, Bjarni Daníelsson, former Director of the Opera, and Björn Árnason, President of the Icelandic Musicians’ Union signed a charter to this effect in the Icelandic Opera on that day.
The founders are of the opinion that the Cultural Research Centre is the cornerstone of an important undertaking that will continue to grow in the future. Cultural activities represent an important element of Icelandic society, returning significant economic and intellectual benefits. Other cultural organisations, associations and undertakings will be permitted to participate in the Centre, and each participating party will be represented on the Board of Representatives of the Centre.
There is a need for a wide variety of research in areas relating to the arts and other areas of culture in order to shed a light on their role in society and improve the general understanding of their function. Courses are already being offered at the masters level in cultural management at Bifröst University.
In the charter, the founders undertake to support the Centre to the best of their ability, through advice, teaching or by other means. Studies undertaken by the Centre will extend to conditions both in Iceland and abroad, with conclusions published in an accessible manner so as to provide a basis for discussions of cultural affairs in Icelandic society.
This website will also include information and reading material which is relevant to the Centre and related fields. The website is primarily intended to be of use to university students searching for sources of information and to others who are interested in cultural matters. The administrators of the Centre are Professor Ágúst Einarsson (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Assistant Professor Njörður Sigurjónsson (email@example.com).