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Icelandic Concert Center Named Harpa

The Icelandic National Concert and Conference Center, which is currently under construction at the harbor in Reykjavík, will henceforth be known as Harpa, as revealed at a ceremony inside the center on Friday.

Harpa, the Icelandic National Concert and Conference Center. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.

At the ceremony, ten-year-old music student Harpa Karen Antonsdóttir named the center, Fréttabladid reports.

A naming competition was launched last year and a total of 4,166 entries were submitted; 54 suggested the name Harpa.

A jury reviewed the suggestions and submitted its top-five favorites to Minister of Education and Culture Katrín Jakobsdóttir and Mayor of Reykjavík Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir, who made the final decision.

The other four suggestions will not be made public but, according to Fréttabladid’s sources, Kristallinn (“The Crystal”) was the runner-up. The building will have a glass dome designed by Icelandic artist Ólafur Elíasson.

The name was supposed to be Icelandic and easily pronounceable in most foreign languages.

Harpa is a fairly common woman’s name in Iceland and means “harp” but is also the name of the first month of summer in the old Icelandic calendar.

Click here to read more about the center.

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