Iceland Airwaves will be back 12th to the 16thof October 2011
Iceland Airwaves will be back 12th to the 16thof October 2011 Remember, Airwaves is a festival that continuously sells out weeks before! More than fifty more bands for Iceland Airwaves 2011 have been announced, including Irish singer Sinead O'Connor, the latest artist to be added to the festival line-up. Other artists: The Clock Opera (UK), Jóhann Jóhannsson, Hjaltalín, Lay Low, Active Child (US), The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger (US), Esmerine (CA), Random Recipe (CA), 22
Snowy, Sunny and Dry Summer in Iceland
Iceland has seen a sunny and dry August so far, so sunny that NASA posted a satellite photo of the cloudless island from August 10 on one of its websites recently. However, the summer had a snowy start in north Iceland where the mountains have now already turned white again. Yesterday morning inhabitants in Akureyri, northeast Iceland, woke up to see that the slopes of Mt. Hlídarfjall, where the town’s ski resort is located, had turned white and it had also snowed on Mt. Tindastóll by Saudárkrókur further in the northwest, ruv.is reports.
Reykjavík Ready for Culture Night and Lighting of Harpa
The annual Reykjavík Culture Night will take place on Saturday, August 20. The highlight of this year’s festival will be when the LED lights in the glass walls of the new concert and conference center Harpa, which were designed by Ólafur Elíasson, will be turned on for the first time. The lighting of Harpa will take place shortly before the fireworks show at the harbor which concludes the Culture Night, Morgunbladid reports.
Benni Hemm Hemm and band will play at Faktorý in Reykjavík today. The band includes pianist Árni Heidar Karlsson, contrabassist Birgir Bragason and trumpet player Rodrigo Lopes, Morgunbladid reports. Meanwhile, the gogoyoko.com concert series Wireless is ongoing. The third concert is coming up on August 18, when the band Valdimar will play at Hvíta perlan on Austurstraeti 12a in Reykjavík at 10 pm. Benni Hemm Hemm and his band will play his first concert in Iceland this year at Faktorý in Reykjavík on August 17 at 10 pm. The musician recently moved back to his home country after a long stay in Scotland.
Iceland in the media worldwide
Jake Gyllenhaal - Man Vs. Wild in Iceland on the Discovery Channel: "This may be the coolest place I've ever been" ABC News - Unique Vacation Deals by Karen Schaler: "For a cool place to go for a unique spa vacation go to Iceland. Iceland is this volcanic island in the middle of the Atlantic and because it’s a volcanic island and it’s got these geothermal waters bubbling up and they’ve got this wonderful thing called the Blue Lagoon.”
Reykjavík UNESCO’s Fifth City of Literature
Reykjavík is the fifth city in the world to be nominated UNESCO’s City of Literature; Reykjavík city will join the ranks of Scotland’s Edinburgh, United States’ Iowa City, Australia’s Melbourne and Ireland’s Dublin. Reykjavík is the first City of Literature to be nominated where English is not the native tongue. "I am honored Reykjavík was chosen. The city is known for art and culture around the globe and the nomination confirms the importance of our culture; of all valuables, culture is the most important one,” Jón Gnarr, the mayor of Reykjavík told visir.is Reykjavík is nominated because of its rich and historical literature tradition. The nominations details the invaluable middle age literature still preserved in the city, naming Íslendingasögur or the "Sagas of Icelanders”, Eddukvaedi or "Poems of Edda”, and Íslendingabók or the "book of Icelanders”.
Reykjavík Gay Pride Weekend Kicks Off
The Reykjavík Gay Pride festival starts today with a press meeting that commenced at 4 pm; this is the 13th year the festival is held in Reykjavík. The official opening ceremony starts this evening at 8 pm in the University Movie Theater in Hagatorg across the street from the University of Iceland's main building. Various events such as "Classical Pride,” the Queer Cruise,” the "Rainbow family festival” and an outdoor concert in Arnarhóll where musicians Lay Low, Eurovision performer Hera Björk, and the legendary Páll Óskar (Paul Oscar); throughout the weekend. On Saturday is the grandest of all events, the annual G