Minister of Education and Culture Katrín Jakobsdóttir presented Þorgeir Ástvaldsson, a musician and program maker at the radio station Bylgjan, with the trophy Lítill fugl (“Little Bird”), for his contribution to Icelandic music at a ceremony in the Harpa concert and conference center in Reykjavík yesterday, the Icelandic Music Day.
Þorgeir accepts the “Small Bird” trophy.
Þorgeir is considered to have taken active part in making Bylgjan what it is today and he was also the first person who served as director of RÚV’s radio station Rás 2.
At yesterday’s ceremony Kjartan Ólafsson, chairman of Samtónn, the copyright organization for authors, performers and producers in Iceland, honored Katrín and former Mayor of Reykjavík Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir for their decision to progress with the construction of Harpa, which has now proven its value, elevating Icelandic music to a higher stage, a press release states.
On Icelandic Music Day all radio stations in Iceland played three songs at the same time and people were encouraged to sing along across the country, at kindergartens, schools and work places.
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