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Lights Festival in Seyðisfjörður February 19-21

A festival of lights is planned in Seyðisfjörður, East Iceland, February 19-21, RÚV reports. This will be the first such festival in the town, but it is expected to become an annual event.

Its organizer is Celia Harrison, creator of one of the largest lights festival in New Zealand, Art in the Dark. “I came here last fall to work in an artist’s studio and became infected by the incredible energy of the people of Seyðisfjörður,” Celia says. The festival will be called Art in Light and Celia says she expects it to include 30 different events throughout town. Participants will be both from Iceland and abroad. Ten international artists have already confirmed their participation. Seyðisfjörður is known for its community of artists, both Icelandic and international.

When Celia came to Iceland, she had planned to take a break from previous projects she had been working on, “but the incredible energy and optimism of the people in town filled me with such energy that I had to plunge into this project. The sun is gone now and we await it here together, and organize its return with this festival.”

The residents of Seyðisfjörður have not seen the sun since November, because the high mountains surrounding the town block its view. Its reappearance, around the middle of February, is welcomed every year with a gathering called sólarkaffi, or ‘sun coffee.’

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