Many in downtown Reykjavík did a double take this morning when they crossed paths with Icelanders from 1918 strolling through the streets, RÚV reports. The period-costumed performance was one part of the ongoing Reykjavík Arts Festival, and meant to pay tribute to the year Iceland became a sovereign nation.
Some of the project’s volunteers were carrying business cards with the name, profession, address and dates of birth and death of an Icelander who truly walked the streets of Iceland’s capital one hundred years ago. “These are real people who either lived through or died during that year,” said Friðrik Agni Árnason, Reykjavík Arts Festival project manager. “This is a memorial walk and we are commemorating Reykjavík residents from that year.”
The project involved more individuals than any other in the diverse festival. “This has been really fun,” said Ragnheiður Valgarðsdóttir, one of the performers. “Fun to be in the now and just enjoy.”