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Nordic House’s Advent Calendar Full of Surprises

Every day at 12:34 pm until December 23, visitors to the Nordic House in Reykjavík can watch a performance by a random artist. Among those who have participated in the event in the past three years are Björk, Jón Gnarr, Sjón, Agent Fresco and Hjaltalín.


The Nordic House. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

The purpose of the Nordic House’s Advent Calendar is to offer a program during the busy pre-holiday period, where Christmas doesn’t necessarily play the main part.

The purpose is rather to provide a cozy atmosphere where people can take a little break from their schedules, as described on the Nordic House’s website.

The program is diverse. “Last week began with a musical performance, followed by a standup routine by Ómar Ragnarsson. On Wednesday there was yoga and Árni Thórarinsson read the first chapter of his new book, Morgunengill, on Thursday. The Deaf Choir performed on Friday and Bloodgroup on Saturday,” recited Thurídur Helga Kristjánsdóttir, project manager at the Nordic House, to Morgunbladid.

Kristjánsdóttir said the events have been well received. “The first year [2007] had the poorest turnout but the reaction from the audience and performers was still good.” Artists have always been eager to participate, she added.

The performance is always a surprise; people know which artists will participate in the event but not who will perform each day. Among artists and entertainers who have yet to appear this year are Amiina, Kviss Búmm Bang and Ragnheidur Gröndal.

Admission to the events is free and visitors are invited to help themselves to non-alcoholic glögg and gingerbread cookies.

In other Christmas event-related news, the program “Jólapopp” (“Christmas Pop”) will take place at Café Haiti in the Reykjavík harbor area tomorrow night, starting at 9 pm.

The program includes a pop quiz (in Icelandic) with musician and television presenter Dr. Gunni.

Afterwards, author Einar Kárason will present his books Mér er skemmt and Poppkorn with photographs by Sigurgeir Sigurjónsson from the Icelandic music scene of the 1960s and 70s.

Finally, the band Prinspóló will play songs from its album Jukk, recently released by Kimi Records. Prinspóló also participated in the Nordic House’s Advent Calendar—they were on yesterday.

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