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Culture Night Begins in Reykjavík

The annual Reykjavík Culture Night kicks off tomorrow with concerts and a number of artistic and cultural events. The Culture Night is always held on the first Saturday after the capital’s anniversary on August 18. Reykjavík turned 223 years old on Tuesday.

From the 2008 Culture Night. Photo by Eygló Svala Arnarsdóttir.

Every year on Culture Night, radio station Rás 2 hosts a grand concert, usually in Miklatún park. This year, however, the concerts will take place at three different venues downtown, reports.

The largest concert begins in Hljómskálagardurinn park by the pond at 7:30 pm. Performers include the legendary rockers Thursaflokkurinn, pop singer Páll Óskar and Irish folk song-inspired band Paparnir.

At Ingólfstorg square the bands Hjaltalín, Hjálmar and Baggalútur will play among others and the third concert, which, according to, has a more mellow program, will take place on Skólavördustígur, the road that leads up to Hallgrímskirkja church.

Tomorrow, the Ministries for Foreign Affairs, Agriculture and Fisheries, and the Prime Minister’s Office will open their doors to visitors.

People can also visit the historical Reykjavík Junior College (MR), the Indian Embassy and go up to the 19th floor of the glass tower on Höfdatorg and go back down on a rope.

Artistic events that are planned for tomorrow include performances by Hitt Húsid’s street artists outside the youth and culture center on Pósthússtraeti 3-5 between 2 and 5 pm and Reykjavík Art Museum promises that all of its galleries, “will be filled up with vivid and exciting events from dawn to midnight.”

The focus of Reykjavík Art Museum will be on the current exhibitions and the buildings that facilitate them, family programs, jazz performances, dance- and music premiere and guided tours in English.

The National Museum of Iceland invites visitors to participate in an art workshop, listen to presentations and jazz concerts, and take guided tours in Icelandic and English around the museum’s exhibitions.

As always, the Culture Nights ends with a blast with a fireworks display down by the harbor. It begins at 11 pm at the construction site of the National Concert and Conference Center.

Click here to read the full schedule of the 2009 Reykjavík Culture Night and here to watch an audio slideshow from last year’s Culture Night.

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