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Reykjavík Ready for Culture Night and Lighting of Harpa

By Iceland Review

The annual Reykjavík Culture Night will take place on Saturday, August 20. The highlight of this year’s festival will be when the LED lights in the glass walls of the new concert and conference center Harpa, which were designed by Ólafur Elíasson, will be turned on for the first time.


Harpa. Photo by Geir Ólafsson.

The lighting of Harpa will take place shortly before the fireworks show at the harbor which concludes the Culture Night, Morgunbladid reports.

At the lighting ceremony Benni Hemm Hemm and the choir Graduale Nobile will perform at the hill Arnarhóll between the Central Bank and Government Offices with a view of Harpa and the harbor.

The motto of the Culture Night is “gakktu í baeinn,” a play on words which literally means “walk to town.” But it is more commonly used to say “come inside” as when someone knocks on your door. Baer means both “town” and “farm.”

The program includes waffles in the Thingholt neighborhood, tango lessons at Hotel Borg, salsa dancing at Idnó, hugs at Laugavegur, mythology walks in Thingholt, concerts in Harpa, various smaller street, garden and art fests, and a visit from Seattle at the City Hall.

Seattle and Reykjavík are sister cities and this year they celebrate their 25th anniversary of sisterhood. To celebrate the occasion, Reykjavík offers Seattle to “come inside” and so the City Hall will be filled with diverse scenes from Seattle’s art life until the evening.

The Embassy of the Faroe Islands is also organizing a varied program for Reykjavík Culture Night on Austurstraeti and invites visitors to have a taste of Faroese food and drink and listen to Faroese music, along with the reading of literature and other events.

The annual Reykjavík Marathon also takes place on this day.

Visit the Culture Night’s website to learn more about the program.


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