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Balloons Released as Night of Lights Festival Begins

The 12th annual Ljósanótt (“Night of Lights”) festival in Reykjanesbaer, southwest Iceland, began yesterday when 2,000 helium balloons were released to float skywards at the local elementary school Myllubakkaskóli.

All the students of the municipality’s kindergartens and elementary schools were present at the ceremony. Music is an important part of the festival and one of this year’s Night of Lights songs is played during the above video from

The studio Geimsteinn in Keflavík will open its doors to the public during the festival and the in-house rock history museum dedicated to the studio’s founder and Icelandic rock legend Rúnar Júlíusson will be open from 1 pm to 5 pm this weekend.

The musicians Jussanam da Silva, Eldar, Myrra Rós, GRM and Bjartmar og Bergrisarnir will perform at the occasion, Morgunbladid reports.

In other music news, the free concert series Svínarí, sponsored by Monitor and Tuborg, will continue with performances at Faktorý in Reykjavík tonight at 11 pm where the bands Moses Hightower and Kiriyama Family will play.

Click here to read more about the program of the Night of Lights festival (in Icelandic) and here to read about other festivities this weekend.


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