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Author Awarded on Icelandic Language Day

Icelandic author Steinunn Sigurðardóttir received the Jónas Hallgrímsson Prize for her contributions to the Icelandic language on Sunday. November 16, the birthday of national poet Jónas Hallgrímsson, is the Day of the Icelandic Language.

Þingvellir Almannagjá

Old Royal Route Uncovered in Þingvellir

When road improvements of the so-called Konungsvegur (King’s Road) in Þingvellir National Park began last week, old paving stones appeared from underneath the asphalt. These are likely the remains of the original King’s Road from 1907.

Poster for Sequences VII.

Seventh Sequences Art Festival Announced

Biannual visual art festival Sequences will be held for the seventh time in Iceland April 10-19, 2015. Alfredo Cramerotti has been announced as the curator of Sequences VII, taking over from Markús Þór Andrésson. Preparations are said to be going well.

kjötsúpa

Winter Welcomed with Meat Soup and Ram Groping

Today is the first day of winter according to the Icelandic calendar. As in the past 11 years, it will be celebrated with Meat Soup Day on Skólavörðustígur in downtown Reykjavík, where passersby can enjoy a taste of free kjötsúpa, a classic culinary staple, from 2 pm.

The poster for the film Borgríki II.

‘City State 2’ Shoots Straight to Top

The Icelandic film Borgríki II (City State 2), which premiered on Friday, shot straight to the top of the Icelandic box office, pushing U.S. director David Fincher’s Gone Girl from the number one spot.

FM Belfast at Iceland Airwaves 2013.

Iceland Airwaves Announces Off-Venue Program

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.

Iceland Review 0514 cover

New Issue of Iceland Review Out

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.

Kitty Von-Sometime in Opus/You Again

Artist’s Glacier Video Garners Attention

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.

From Iceland Airwaves in 2013.

Iceland Airwaves Sells Out

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.

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