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Seven Icelandic Design Projects Receive Grants

Seven diverse projects by Icelandic designers received grants from the Aurora Design Fund at its 12th annual distribution ceremony on Tuesday, three of which were in fashion design. Fifty entries were made. The jury seeks to select projects which are thought to be constructive for society.

National Hospital to Get More State Funding

ISK 1 billion (USD 8.1 million, EUR 6.5 million) in state funding will go towards Landspítali National University Hospital in addition to the amount reserved for the hospital in the 2015 budget bill, as reported yesterday. Director of Landspítali Páll Matthíasson celebrates the news.

New IR Photo of Holuhraun Lava River

Iceland Review editor and photographer Páll Stefánsson flew over the volcanic eruption in Holuhraun, the northeastern highlands yesterday. It was Páll’s fifth trip to the eruption site. He observed a red hot river of lava flowing through blackened lava fields.

Fewer Book Titles Published in Iceland

Last year, 704 books were published in Iceland but this year the titles will be 10 percent fewer, or 638. That makes 501 persons per book. The most important time for Icelandic book publishers is coming up, the jólabókaflóð, or ‘Christmas book flood.’

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Airwaves

Wayne in the Sky with Balloons

The Flaming Lips close Iceland Airwaves 2014 in a style that can only be described as ecstatic, confetti-crazed and completely over the top. The War on Drugs as a warm-up is not bad either, even without the gimmicks.