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Reykjavík City Starts Imagine Peace Culture Fund

Reykjavík City Council agreed at its meeting yesterday to establish a culture fund entitled ‘Imagine Peace – Reykjavík’.


The Imagine Peace Tower. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Its purpose is to support and strengthen cultural work which to some extent reflects the values on which Yoko Ono’s Imagine Peace Tower on Videy island is based, reports.

Peace, culture and human rights in the spirit of John Lennon and Yoko Ono are the fund’s guiding light, a statement from the City Council reads.

Cultural projects which involve those values and or activities for children, green values and pure energy will be supported.

Artist and pacifist Yoko Ono established the Imagine Peace Tower project in cooperation with Reykjavík City. It was lit for the first time on October 9, 2007.

Every year the tower is lit on the same day, Lennon’s birthday, and put out on the anniversary of his death, December 8. The artwork has raised worldwide attention and attracted a number of foreign visitors to Iceland.

“Since [the tower’s inauguration] there have been incidents where various individuals have wanted to issue material, produce souvenirs or host events and donate part or all of the profits to something related to the Imagine Peace Tower,” the statement explains. “With the establishment of the fund there is now a platform for supporting good causes.”

66°North have produced special t-shirts and posters in relation with the Imagine Peace events that will be held in Reykjavík this year and more than half of the profits will go towards the fund.

The Iceland Post which issued a book about the Imagine Peace Tower in 2008 will donate 30 percent of the profits from the sale to the fund.

The Imagine Peace Tower will be lit tomorrow. Among events planned for the occasion is a concert with the Yoko Ono and the Plastic Ono Band, which is long sold out.

Click here to read more about the lighting of the tower and Ono’s concert and here to read about her meeting with Mayor of Reykjavík Jón Gnarr.

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