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Reykjavík Culture Night Coming Up, Jazz Festival Begins

The Reykjavík Culture Night is coming up on August 21; Mayor of Reykjavík Jón Gnarr will open the festival formally at 1 pm in a tent outside the office of the Icelandic Tourist Board on Geirsgata 9, which is participating in the festivities for the first time.

From a concert during Reykjavík Culture Night. Photo by Geir Ólafsson.

At the opening the Chamber Choir Cantinovum from Finland will perform, stand-up artist Ari Eldjárn will entertain attendees and Valgeir Gudjónsson will sing a few Reykjavík-inspired songs, as stated on the festival’s website.

At the same time a visual art performance act will begin; architect Pétur Stefánsson will be the first to participate in making a seven-meter long painting of Iceland which will be completed in the tent on Geirsgata at 8 pm.

As always, the Culture Night will end with a blast provided by a fireworks show in the Reykjavík harbor.

This year Reykjavík Energy refrained from financing the spectacle which costs between ISK 2 and 3 million (USD 16,700-25,000, EUR 13,000-19,000) as it has done in past years but Vodafone stepped in to replace them, reports.

Meanwhile, the Reykjavík Jazz Festival kicks off today and will carry on until August 29. Click here for further news of the festival and here to learn more about its program.

Click here to read the Culture Night’s program and here to watch an audio slideshow from a previous festival.

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