Mayor of Reykjavík Jón Gnarr presented the upcoming festival Reykjavík Culture Night at a press conference yesterday. Always scheduled for the second last Saturday in August—this year on August 24—the festival commemorates the capital’s anniversary and coincides with the Reykjavík Marathon, held for the 30th time this year.
Photo: Raggi Th. Sigurðsson, courtesy of Culture Night.
The festival’s program will be conventional apart from the fireworks show, which will be a dance piece entitled Eldar (‘Fires’), visir.is reports.
“I’ve approached the project in exactly the same manner as when I write other dance pieces but instead of dancers I have fireworks and instead of music I have explosions,” said Sigríður Soffía Níelsdóttir, the firework show’s artistic conductor.
Fireworks will be ignited from four locations with the best view on Arnarhóll in the city center. As in past years, downtown residents will open their homes to strangers and invite them to waffles, Reykjavík City Council chair Dagur B. Eggertsson included.
Poet Sigurbjörg Þrastardóttir will lead poetry sailings on Culture Night; the bands Vök, Kjurr and five foreign acts will perform in outdoor concerts by Harpa from 2 to 5 pm; artist Nikhil Nathan Kirsh will open a show with “new dead naked clown paintings” on Austurstræti 3; and Charlie Chaplin films will be screened at Reykjavík City Library from 1 to 10 pm, to mention only a fraction of the events on offer.
For more information about the program, visit the Culture Night’s website.