A special Iceland Day will be held in Tallinn, Estonia on August 21 at the occasion of 20 years having passed since Iceland became the first nation to recognize Estonia’s independence.
From Tallinn. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, Foreign Minister Össur Skarphédinsson and former Foreign Minister Jón Baldvin Hannibalsson will attend the festival along with a number of Icelandic musicians, photographers, designers and master chefs, a press release states. Musicians include Hjaltalín, Retro Stefson and Lay Low.
At the festival an exhibition on Icelandic contemporary design and architecture will open in Tallinn, which first opened in Reykjavík in 2009 and has since toured the world.
Portraits of Icelandic authors by Kristinn Ingvarsson accompanied by texts by Pétur Blöndal will also be on display, as will the traveling photo exhibition “Light Years” by Iceland Review’s editor and photographer Páll Stefánsson.
The festival is organized by the Estonian government with the support of the Icelandic Ministries for Foreign Affairs and Culture.
At the occasion, Foreign Minister Skarphédinsson will meet with his Estonian counterpart Urmas Paet and later travel to Riga, Latvia, to meet Latvian Foreign Minister Girts Valdis Kristovskis.