The skeleton of a blue whale which beached in Iceland in 2010 will be preserved in Húsavík, Northeast Iceland, as Prime Minister of Iceland Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson announced at a Progressive Party convention in Hallormsstaður, East Iceland, last weekend.
Organizers of the Iceland Airwaves music festival released the off-venue program yesterday. With 675 performances at 52 locations, it’s the biggest off-venue program to date. Airwaves will start in Iceland’s capital on November 5. The first off-venue concerts take place on November 3.
The 2014 Icelandic Children’s Book Award goes to Guðni Líndal Benediktsson for his book Leitin að Blóðey, as announced today. The book features a grandfather telling his grandchild a bedtime story about his amazing adventures.
The October-December issue of Iceland Review magazine is out. The issue includes a lengthy feature about the Holuhraun eruption by volcanologist Haraldur Sigurðsson accompanied by images by Páll Stefánsson.
An ambitious collaborative art film, OPUS/YOU AGAIN, made by performance artist Kitty Von-Sometime and band Árstíðir has been released. Shot on Iceland’s second-largest glacier Langjökull, the video features a 160-kilo (350-pound) ice sculpture.
Universal Studios have acquired the rights to a film Icelandic director Baltasar Kormákur has been working on for the past six years, taking over from Working Title. Known as Vikingr , the film will be set in Iceland and feature scenes from the Icelandic Sagas.
Tickets to the 2014 Iceland Airwaves music festival, which will be held for the 16th time in Reykjavík this year, from November 5 to 9, have now sold out, as announced in a press release yesterday.