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Art Festival Lights Up Seyðisfjörður

Art festival List í ljósi (Art in Light) will celebrate its fourth instalment next weekend in Seyðisfjörður, RÚV reports. The festival is held in February to celebrate the sunlight, as it becomes more abundant after the darkness of Iceland’s winter months. As of yesterday, the festival is also an award winner, receiving the Eyrarrósin award for outstanding cultural event in Iceland’s countryside.

The festival, held February 16 and 17, features up to 30 light sculptures. At around 18.00pm next Friday, all of Seyðisfjörður’s street lights will be turned off, allowing the sculptures to light up the town until 22.00pm, the process will then be repeated on Saturday.

“We’re going to light up the bridge by the ferry, which is 30 meters long, that’s going to be very beautiful,” says Sesselja Hlín Jónasardóttir project manager and one of the festival’s founders. “We’re also going to light up the Herðubreið Community and Culture House by projecting 3D visuals onto it. We’re extremely excited about each and every project this year. It’ll be the festival’s biggest instalment yet.”

In addition to the two days of shadows and light, Seyðisfjörður is also playing host to the Flat Earth Film Festival, which is already under way, in addition to artist residencies in collaboration with the HEIMA art residency project. “We started the film festival in our second year, in order to make the program a little longer and more juicy,” Sesselja says. “And this year we’ll be visited by artists from all the Nordic countries who’ll live with us for two months, creating artworks just for the festival.

Yesterday List í Ljósi became the recipient of the coveted Eyrarrósin awards, that’s awarded to outstanding cultural events in Iceland’s countryside.

For more information, visit the festival’s homepage here.

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