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A parade on Sumardagurinn fyrsti, the first day of summer.

Happy Icelandic First Day of Summer!

12:08 GMT For a long time after Iceland was settled the year was split into two seasons, winter and summer. The first day of summer is still celebrated in Iceland, and it’s today!

Princess Mononoke by Hayao Miyazaki is screened at Bíó Paradís on Sunday.

Princess Mononoke and more classics at International Film Festival for Children in Reykjavik

13 Apr This weekend is the second weekend of the International Film Festival for Children in Reykjavik at Bíó Paradís, the art house cinema on Hverfisgata. The ambitious program consists of full feature films, animations, short films and documentaries for kids of all ages.

Kælan Mikla:  Sólveig Matthildur Kristjánsdóttir, (bottom left)  Laufey Soffía Þórsdóttir (left) and Margrét Rósa Dóru og Harrysdóttir (right).

The Cure's Robert Smith invited Kælan mikla to perform at Meltdown Festival

11 Apr "We thought this was some sort of scam," says Sólveig Matthildur Kristjánsdóttir, one of the three members of Icelandic darkwave band Kælan mikla. They received an email with a personal letter from Robert Smith, singer, guitarist and songwriter of The Cure asking them whether they could perform at the upcoming Meltdown Festival in London in June.

Grímkell P. Sigurþórsson, Gilbert Guðjónsson með HM-úrið og Sigurður Gilbertsson.

Icelandic watchmakers make a FIFA World Cup watch

10 Apr In recent months, Icelandic watchmakers JS Watch Company Reykjavik and Gilbert watchmakers have been designing a special FIFA World Cup edition watch called WORLD CUP MMXVIII.

Resilient: The Women of Honduras’ telling the story of how the women of Honduras face severely adverse conditions and are forced to find ways to adapt that are so foreign to people like you and I, its nearly unfathomable.

Interview:"My camera is my passport"

4 Apr Christina Simons is half Icelandic and lives in Melbourne, Australia. Recently she made a much-respected shortlist in the Discovery category of the Sony World Photography contest with the winner announced in April.

Jóhann Helgason.

Icelander sues for rights to Josh Groban song

4 Apr A beloved Icelandic songwriter and musician Jóhann Helgason has filed a lawsuit against one of Josh Groban's songwriters. He believes that his song Söknuður is almost identical to Groban's 2003 hit You Raise me Up.

Icelandic Easter eggs are available at all supermarkets.

Easter opening hours in Reykjavik

29 Mar Where to buy food and drink on Easter weekend.

Oddsskarðsgöng voru aflögð í nóvember síðastliðnum og nú á að halda þar tónleika.

Rap concert in an abandoned tunnel in the East Fjords

29 Mar Rap group Úlfur úlfur will be playing a concert in Oddskarðsgöng, a tunnel that's out of use by Norðfjörður in the East Fjords

Icelandic cartoonist Hugleikur Dagsson is not allowed to make any more of these popular T-shirts.

Icelandic cartoonist not allowed to print the Icelandic "HÚ!" on T-shirts

23 Mar Dagsson.com, the company of famed Icelandic cartoonist Hugleikur Dagsson is not allowed to print T-shirts featuring a cartoon with the famous Icelandic football chant, the "Hú". The reason: It's become a registered trademark.

"We are robbing children of their innocence in the space of a second."

Icelandic boys begin watching porn at 11 years of age

22 Mar Icelandic boys hold a Nordic record for the amount of pornography they watch. The average age at which Icelandic boys begin watching porn is eleven.

President Guðni Th. Jóhannsson (middle) during the presentation of the new shirt, which will be used during the FIFA World Cup Championships this summer.

New National Football team shirt faces criticism

19 Mar A new version of the official national Icelandic football team shirt has faced criticism in Iceland, mostly because it's not designed by Icelandic designers.

Björk will perform in Háskólabíó cinema.

Björk to perform in Reykjavik to kick off Utopia tour- ticket sales begin today

16 Mar Icelandic artist Björk will begin her Utopia world concert tour on Thursday April 12th. The concert takes place in Háskólabíó cinema.

The opening of DesignMarch at the Reykjavik Art Museum in downtown Reykjavik.

DesignMarch kicks off in Reykjavik

16 Mar DesignMarch is Iceland’s most important annual design festival covering all fields of design including architecture, graphic design, fashion, furniture and product design

Katrína Mogensen, singer of Mammút won singer of the year award. On her left, Mammút bassist Ása Dýradóttir.

Glittering Icelandic Music Awards ceremony took place last night

15 Mar Óperusöngvarar, rapparar, söngvarar, söngkonur, tónskáld, lagahöfundar auk fjölda annarra sem tengjast íslensku tónlistarlífi komu saman á Íslensku tónlistarverðlaununum fyrir tónlistarárið 2017 sem veitt voru í Hörpu í kvöld. Kynnir hátíðarinnar var Dóri DNA.

The idea behind the project is similar to  Papirøen in Copenhagen, pictured here.

Food market to open in Skeifan district of Reykjavik

6 Mar A small "container village" will be set up in Skeifan, a shopping district in 108 Reykjavik this summer.

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