Education Minister Lilja Alfreðsdóttir, right, looks at an old manuscript at the Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies, guided by the institute's director, Guðrún Nordal.

Iceland to Request Manuscripts from Denmark

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Rude in Translation

29 Jul Do you find us, Icelanders, rude?

From Djúpivogur.

Iceland’s Happiest Town

11 May Djúpivogur, the East Fjords, is the only municipality in Iceland to be part of the international Cittaslow movement.

The weather was ideal for a celebration.

National Costume Day in Pictures

8 Apr The annual peysufatadagur, or “national costume day,” was celebrated on Friday by Kvennaskólinn junior college in Reykjavík.

Fooling people was easier when this type of phone was the norm.

April’s Fools, In Retrospect

2 Apr Yesterday was April Fool’s Day. It has long been a tradition in Iceland to play a practical joke on others this day.

This heart shaped lobster pizza at Essensia in Hverfisgata is a popular Valentines day treat.

Valentines Day increases in popularity in Iceland

14 Feb Just like "foreign" traditions such as Halloween, Valentines Day is now becoming popular in Iceland. Restaurants are particularly busy on this night.

A turf church in Árbæjarsafn in Reykjavik.

Iceland's traditional turf houses

15 Jan Half of Iceland's population was still living in turf homes in 1910. Due to lack of trees in Iceland, building out of turf was a popular building material and thick turf walls were useful to ward off the cold.

Sovereignty celebrations in Reykjavik in 1018.

Iceland's oldest building open on Sovereignty Day, December 1st

23 Nov Katrín Jakobsdóttir, Prime Minister, Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, the President of Iceland, Margrethe II, Queen of Denmark, and Lars Løkke Rasmussen, Prime Minister of Denmark will attend the centenary celebrations.

"There are other music and film and art worlds that are more exciting, alternative worlds in Brooklyn, same as in London. Young places, young worlds, young energy, new energy."

Interview with Jonas Mekas: "I prefer to stick to the present moment"

27 Sep "Avoid filmschools, follow your vision, get a camera and star filming," is the advice Jonas Mekas gives to aspiring filmmakers. Mekas, who is 96 years old, is guest of honour at the Reykjavik International Film Festival, RIFF which begins tonight.

More than 300 events are scheduled for Culture Night.

Culture Night this Saturday

15 Aug 2018 Culture Night 2018 will be held for the 23rd time on August 18, the birthday of Reykjavík City.

Hlemmur, a former bus central is now turning into a food hall, and the whole area around the square will be the focal point of this year's Culture Night.

Reykjavik Culture Night to focus on Hlemmur square this year

10 Aug 2017 The up-and-coming Hlemmur area is the focus for this year's Culture Night which takes place on Agust 19th.

Guests include Icelandic bands Mammút (above) and Reykjavíkurdætur.

BBC World Service in Reykjavik to record The Arts Hour on Tour

6 Jun 2017 BBC's The Arts Hour is coming to Reykjavik, in the week of the longest day, to explore how the extreme climate and dramatic landscape shape culture in Iceland.

The opening piece at the Winter Lights festival in 2016.

Reykjavik Winter Lights Festival begins this week

31 Jan 2017 Green and purple – the hues of the Northern Lights – have been adopted as the Festival’s identifying colours, and almost thirty buildings in the capital area will be floodlit in those colours – more than ever before.

Grámi is now up on a wall .

Famous ram of award-winning film "Rams" gets put on a wall upon his death

5 Jan 2017 International award winning Icelandic film "Rams" or Hrútar, starred, along with the human actors, a ram named Grámi. Upon his recent death, his owner decided to take him to a taxidermist so that his head can be put up as a wall ornament.

Iceland best in Nordics for cultural activity

30 Nov 2016 Icelanders are the most avid theatre-goers of all the Nordic peoples and cultural life general is flourishing in Iceland, new data suggest.

Comedians Hugleikur Dagsson and Jonathan Duffy team up for a live podcast at Húrra.

Icelandic/Australian live comedy podcast

8 Nov 2016 Hugleikur Dagsson and Jonathan Duffy are the duo Icetralia, the only Icelandic/Australian double comedy podcast act on the planet. The podcast they describe as filthy but friendly, honest and oversharing, they will be live at 9 November at Húrra.

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