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Days of Peace in Reykjavík

Einar Benediktsson, Höfði House.

Höfði house, Reykjavík, site of the Reagan-Gorbachev summit. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

The City of Reykjavík has sent out a press release, announcing a celebration of peace in the city, called Days of Peace. On Friday, the Höfði Peace Center begins operation. That day, there will be an open forum at the University of Iceland between 1 pm and 6 pm, starting with an opening address by President of Iceland, Guðni Th. Jóhannesson.

The Reykjavík International Film Festival, RIFF, is underway and concludes October 9. This year, its focus is on peace in the choice of films and discussions about them.

Three exhibitions at the Reykjavík Art Center are either dedicated to peace or conflict. On Friday, October 7, at 6 pm, exhibitions of the works of Yoko Ono and Icelandic artist Erró will open, emphasizing peace. Yoko Ono’s exhibit stresses her belief in better times, while the works at Erró’s exhibition, War and Peace, are inspired by World War II. A photography exhibition of the works of Richard Mosse shows the horrors of war in the eastern part of Congo.

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the summit meeting between US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev, held October 11-12, 1986, there will be an open symposium at the University of Iceland on October 8. Its goal is to create discussion about the summit and its global effect.

On October 9, John Lennon’s birthday, Yoko Ono will present the LennonOno Peace Award at Harpa Concert Hall. The Imagine Peace Tower on Viðey Island will be lit that evening, for the tenth time. It will remain lit until the anniversary of Lennon’s death, December 8.

A closed symposium on the Reagan-Gorbachev summit will be held at Höfði house on October 11.

Finally, on October 12, there will be a program organized by the Peace Boat at the Reykjavík City Hall. Since 1983, the Peace Boat has sailed around the world, promoting peace, human rights and environmental protection.

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