Iceland’s first lady Dorrit Moussaieff presented the Settlement Center in Borgarnes, west Iceland, with the 2009 Eyrarrós award at the presidential residence Bessastadir yesterday. The award is granted to cultural projects outside the capital region.
The Borgarnes Settlement Center. Photo by Eygló Svala Arnarsdóttir.
Minister of Education and Culture Katrín Jakobsdóttir was also present at the ceremony, Fréttabladid reports.
The selection committee concluded that despite its young age, the Settlement Center has become an important part of Iceland’s culture by presenting the settlement of Iceland and the Icelandic Sagas in an original manner.
The center was deemed successful in combining education, information distribution and entertainment and this combination has been well received by both Icelandic and foreign visitors.
Kjartan Ragnarsson and Sigrídur Margrét Gudmundsdóttir received the award on behalf of the Settlement Center, ISK 1.5 million (USD 13,000, EUR 10,000), a trophy designed by Steinunn Thórarinsdóttir and plane tickets with Air Iceland.
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