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Akureyri’s 150th Anniversary Festival Begins

The 150th anniversary celebration of the town Akureyri in North Iceland begins formally at 2 pm today when the bell outside the University of Akureyri, “Iceland’s Bell”, will be rung 150 times.


Akureyri. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

The exact date of the anniversary is August 29, when a special ceremony will be held in the culture center Hof, but festivities will continue through September 2, Fréttablaðið reports.

A range of events is scheduled during the festival, including performances by street artists, a carnival and more than 20 different concerts.

One of these will be a concert entitled “Exodus 2012” by the group Reykveek, a collective of artists of the electronic dance scene, on August 31.

The collective was created in 2008 in reaction to the financial crisis in Iceland. The artists aim to discover and develop innovative Icelandic electronic dance music and, according to their fanbase, they have proven successful.

The concert is organized by the Centre of Visual Arts in Akureyri and the local municipality. It will take place in the Centre of Visual Arts, Kaupvangsstræti 12, 600 Akureyri, on August 31 at 8:45 pm.

There will also be a live stream of the concert, which can be followed on Facebook.

Go to visitakureyri.is to learn more about the program.


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