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The Art of being Icelandic
An exhibition at Reykjavik City Hall, titled ‘The Art of Being Icelandic’ opens today, June 27th and is open for a month, or until July 27th. The exhibit focuses on translated Icelandic literature and is held in cooperation with Reykjavik UNESCO City of Literature. Surrounding the literature is Icelandic design by Syrusson Design Company, but the furniture is mostly designed and manufactured in Iceland. The movie ‘Heild’ will also be shown at the exhibit but it captures the raw and magnificent beauty of this island nation. City Hall is open every weekday from 8am until 7pm; and from 12-noon until 6pm on weekends.
Free entry if your name is Olga
Olga Vocal Ensemble is a group of five young men who all study or have studied at the HKU University of the Arts in Utrecht in the Netherlands. They’ve come to Iceland to host four concerts in four different parts of the country, and they will be singing at Langholtskirkja in Reykjavik on Tuesday, July 1st. The gentlemen sing all their songs acapella and their music of choice ranges over five centuries. Basically, no matter what music you prefer, there’s a good chance they’ll sing something you like. For tickets, go to midi.is, and for a sneak-peak, check out their YouTube page.
'Home is where the heart is'
… and sometimes your heart is in a Circus Tent. Sirkús Íslands hosts a number of circus shows, one of which is entirely dedicated to Iceland. The music is Icelandic, the acts are created in Iceland, and all of the cast except two are Icelandic. A massive circus tent has been set-up at Klambratún city park and between June 27th and July 2nd, you can get your circus-fill four times. For tickets, go to midi.is – for the show, find the Jökla Circus Tent and load up on cotton candy.
Two Icelandic groups, Grísalappalísa and Reykjavíkurdætur, are coming together to host a live concert at Gaukurinn on Tryggvagata in Reykjavík tonight, June 27th. Grísalappalísa was founded in 2012 by a group of grassroot artists who are passionate about writing razor-sharp Icelandic punk-rock lyrics firmly rooted in the Icelandic literary tradition. The band released an album last year and it’s for sale at 12 Tónar record-label in Reykjavik. Reykjavíkurdætur is a younger group, only formed this year. It’s an all female group who claim that the only thing they have in common is that they can rap, they are fearless in their flow, and they have a massively positive attitude. The party begins at 9pm tonight – for more information, check out their Facebook event.
The fastest biker in Iceland
Iceland’s busiest street turns into one massive bike-lane at midnight on July 3rd. The Alvogen Midnight Time Trial 2014 is a biking competition where 100-bikers compete against one another in who is the fastest biker. Already, a number of foreign nationals have confirmed their attendance. All bikers gather at Harpa Music and Conference Hall on Thursday July 3rd marking the starting point of the race. There are two groups that will compete, one that bikes 16km (9.9 miles) and the other that bikes 32km (19.8 miles).
Arena de Ingólfstorg
World Cup fever reaches new heights this Saturday when Brazil takes on Chile and Colombia takes on Uruguay. A 3,484-inch screen reaching 8 meters (26 feet) into the air will be installed at Ingólfstorg Square in the heart of Reykjavik. The party begins at 2:30pm when DJ Margeir, Högni Egilsson, Daníel Ágúst, Ásdís, and Unnsteinn Manuel perform, followed by the 4pm Brazil vs Chile match. Three hundred chairs will be set-up for spectators; so don’t show up too late!
Special price for you, my friend
Icelandic designers have come together for a long-weekend of ‘design on sale’. Ásta Creative Clothes, HANNA felting, REY, and Sunbird, are among the Icelandic designs that are being sold from Friday until Monday at prices much lower than the average customer is used to. The market of sorts is at Laugavegur 168 in Reykjavik and is open from noon today until 7pm on Monday, June 30th.
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