Iceland and Canada to cooperate on arts festival

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Iceland and Canada to cooperate on arts festival

“The Canada-Iceland Arts Festival” celebrating the relations between the two countries will be held in Winnipeg, Canada, April 20 to 29.

The festival is held to introduce artwork by young Icelandic and Canadian artists, and to establish better contacts between the Icelandic community in Canada and Iceland, Morgunbladid reports.

Between 1870 and 1914 thousands of Icelanders migrated to America, and most moved to Canada.

The festival is organized by the Canada Iceland Arts Festival Inc., led by Iceland’s main consul in Winnipeg, Atli Ásmundsson, as well as young Canadian artists of Icelandic origin and the head of the University of Manitoba’s Icelandic department.

Two of the festival’s organizers, Tristin Tergesen and Caelum Vatnsdal, visited Iceland recently, toured the museums, met local artists and established contacts.

“The trip was very successful,” Vatnsdal said. Tergesen added they had met many people who worked in the art field, who were going to keep them informed about the art life in Iceland.

Vatnsdal is a film producer and an author. He has Icelandic roots on his father’s side and Irish roots on his mother’s side. Tergesen is a musician and both her parents are of Icelandic origin.