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Winter Lights and Love Festival in Reykjavík

The annual celebration Kærleikar (“Love Games”) takes place today at Austurvöllur square in central Reykjavík, starting at 2 pm. Its goal is to encourage a feeling of companionship, show support for one another and emit a positive vibe.


From the 2009 Kærleikar. Photo by ESA.

The celebration opens with a few speeches on love, followed by a march around the Reykjavík Pond alongside musicians and street artists. Afterwards the choirs of Reykjavík will perform together under the direction of conductor by Gróa Hreinsdóttir, as stated on the event’s Facebook site.

Other participants include troubadour Svavar Knútur, search and rescue team members, the theater group Perlan, the volunteers of Worldwide Friends and visual artist Gegga. The Kærleikar were first held in 2009 at the initiative of author Bergljót Arnalds.

All are welcome; people are encouraged to wear something red.

Also coming up is the Reykjavík Winter Lights festival, February 9-12, including the Museum Night on February 10 when the capital’s museums will stay open until midnight with surprise guests and special events, as stated on

February 11 is International Children’s Day, followed by a Pool Night. Swimming pools around the city will be open until midnight with various artists performing at the pools.

All of the events during the Winter Lights Festival are free. For further information on the program, visit the festival’s website or download the latest issue of the free guide What’s On in Reykjavík.


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