The National Association of Icelandic Scouts, which is currently celebrating its 100th anniversary, is planning a peace convention October 12-14 in Reykjavík in connection with the international project ‘Messenger of Peace’.
Ono’s Imagine Peace Tower. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
At the convention, 25 lecturers will discuss peace in a broad context. The association has invited artist and activist Yoko Ono, British actor Stephen Fry and U2 singer Bono to speak at the convention, Morgunblaðið reports.
Fry and Bono have rejected the invitation as they will be busy with other projects at the time but Ono has yet to respond.
Ono is usually in Iceland at this time of year as October 9, the birthday of her late husband John Lennon, is the date when her Imagine Peace Tower on Viðey Island off Reykjavík is lit.
Inga Auðbjörg Kristjánsdóttir, who is on the preparation committee, said the organizers aim to reach people of all ages and walks of life to participate in the convention, including school children and young scouts.
Tickets to the convention will be available for the general public and to a concert held in connection with the convention.
Scouts from all around the country are currently celebrating at a national festival by Úlfljótsvatn Lake in South Iceland and didn’t let the rainy weather on the opening weekend ruin their mood.
Click here to read more about the weather last weekend.