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Of Monsters and Men.

Of Monsters and Men Perform Seven New Songs

Icelandic alternative rock band Of Monsters and Men (OMAM) performed seven new songs from their upcoming sophomore album at “an intimate gathering” for select journalists and music industry representatives at Henson Studios in Los Angeles on Thursday evening.

Inside the offices of Radio Iceland.

English-Language Radio Iceland on the Air

A new Icelandic English-language radio station, Radio Iceland, went live last week, broadcasting news about Iceland, weather updates, information on road conditions and Icelandic music, along with interviews with noteworthy people and stories about Iceland.

Prins Póló

Icelandic Music Award Winners Announced

The winners of the annual Icelandic Music Awards were announced in a ceremony in Harpa on Friday evening. The Rock Album of the Year was In The Eye of The Storm by Mono Town, while Prins Póló won the Pop Album of the Year for Sorrí.

Vonarstræti film poster

Life in a Fishbowl Wins 12 Edda Awards

The film Life in a Fishbowl (Vonarstræti, 2014) directed by Baldvin Z took home 12 Edda Icelandic Film and TV Academy awards on Saturday, including for Film, Screenplay, Director, Cinematography and Editing.

Jóhann Jóhansson

Jóhann Misses Out on Oscar

Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson, who was nominated for an Oscar for his music in The Theory of Everything, missed out on the award at the ceremony last night. Instead, Alexandre Desplat took home the award for his music in The Grand Budapest Hotel.

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Today is Women’s Day!

People traditionally don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day in Iceland, although its popularity is growing. It falls between two other romantic days: January 23 was Bóndadagur (‘Husbands’ Day’), and today it’s the women’s turn to be pampered on Konudagur (Woman’s or Wives’ Day).

Blow Fly Park film poster

European Film Festival Opens in Reykjavík

The inaugural Stockfish European Film Festival opens in Bíó Paradís cinema in downtown Reykjavík this evening with a screening of drama/thriller Blow Fly Park, directed by Jens Östberg and starring Icelandic actor Sverrir Guðnason.

Books

Nordic Council Literature Prize Nominations Announced

Two Icelandic books are among those nominated for this year’s Nordic Council Literature Prize: Novel Fiskarnir hafa enga fætur (‘The Fish Have No Feet,’ 2013) by Jón Kalman Stefánsson and book of poems Skessukatlar (‘Giant’s Kettles,’ 2013) by Þorsteinn frá Hamri, as announced this morning.

Saltkjöt og baunir

Today Is ‘Bursting Day’ in Iceland

Traditional Icelandic saltkjöt og baunir, salted meat and bean stew, is eaten in Iceland today to celebrate Sprengidagur (‘Bursting Day’), which is Iceland’s answer to Shrove Tuesday. The motto is to eat stew until you burst.

Cream puff

Cream Puff Day in Iceland

Today is Bolludagur, or ‘Cream Puff Day,’ in Iceland. Bakers were busy making cream puffs over the weekend, because today Icelanders are expected to consume over one million of the sweet creamy buns.

Rihanna

Rihanna to Perform in Iceland?

A resilient rumor has been circulating that Barbadian singer Rihanna will perform in Kórinn in Kópavogur, a neighboring town of Reykjavík, next summer, where a Justin Timberlake concert—the biggest concert in Iceland so far—was held to great success last year.

Iceland's Eurovision 2015 entry 'Unbroken,' performed by María Ólafsdóttir.

‘Unbroken’ Wins Iceland Eurovision Final

‘Unbroken’ performed by María Ólafsdóttir will be the song representing Iceland at the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna in May. The song proved one of the two most popular at the Söngvakeppnin Eurovision final in Iceland —which was broadcast live on RÚV—on Saturday and ended up winning the...

The sculpture 'Holan' by Ásmundur Ásmundsson.

Artwork for Museum House Debated by City Council

A basic exhibition on Icelandic art history will open at the Reykjavík Museum House on Hverfisgata at the end of March and suggestions have been made for two sculptures to be placed outside the building during the exhibition. Neither artwork is favored by the members of Reykjavík City Council....

Askja

Astronauts to Commemorate Moon Training in Iceland

Five astronauts and Neil Armstrong’s descendants will visit Iceland at the invitation of the Exploration Museum in Húsavík, Northeast Iceland, next summer to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the training for the moon landing in the Icelandic highlands in 1965 and 1967.

Eve Online

EVE Online Nominated for BAFTA

The computer game EVE Online, developed by Icelandic company CCP Games, has been nominated for a BAFTA award, as announced in London yesterday.

Iceberg to Make Debut at National Theater

A large iceberg from Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon, Southeast Iceland, was transported to Reykjavík last week for a new theater performance, Fjalla-Eyvindur by Jóhann Sigurjónsson, which opens March 26.

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