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Art Without Borders Festival Begins

art-without-borders2011The eighth annual Art Without Borders festival (List án landamaera), which celebrates diversity and participation of people with disabilities, opens in Reykjavík City Hall today.

This year the festival will include a giant field of flowers, a five-meter tree guard, sewn abstract, stories in sign language and a song sculpture, a press release states.

At the opening ceremony the Westfjordian male choir Fjallabraedur will perform along with the sign language choir, bongo drums will be played by Erla Björk, Diddú will sing with Aileen Svensdóttir and a multi-artistic group will perform rhymes with the backing of Forgotten Lores band member Birkir Halldórsson. The ceremony will conclude with a poetry reading.

Many of this year’s events will take place inside and outside the Nordic House in Reykjavík in conjunction with the Vatnsmýri Festival. The aforementioned flower field will adorn the Nordic House lawn and visitors can observe Icelandic volcanoes through the eyes of Finnish artists.

An exhibition and symposium will take place at the National Museum and there will be a play and concert at Idnó. Outside the capital region, a giant tree guard will watch over Kjarnaskógur forest in Akureyri, north Iceland, and in Egilsstadir in the east a “magical” program is planned. A host of events is organized all around the country.

A brochure about the festival is available at event locations and an online edition of the program (in Icelandic) is available here. Attendance is free and all are welcome.

Click here to visit the festival’s blog.

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