Icelandic Festival of Manitoba President,
Íslendingadagurinn is many things to many people, but at the heart, it’s the celebration of Icelandic culture and heritage. In 2022 we celebrate the 133rd Íslendingadagurinn, “Spirit of Iceland / Andi Íslands” and a return to a full in-person festival.
In 2022 we celebrate the 133rd Íslendingadagurinn, “Spirit of Iceland / Andi Íslands” and a return to a full in-person festival.
This year’s theme is inspired by the Northern Lights, an incredible phenomenon prevalent in both Iceland and New Iceland. Just as the mysterious lights connect us and illuminate the dark night, Íslendingadagurinn is an occasion to celebrate Icelandic culture and heritage and joyously gather after many months apart.
It was a great honor to represent Íslendingadagurinn in Iceland this year for Icelandic National Day celebrations. During my time there it was apparent to me that our ancestors across the ocean have never forgotten us. We are on their minds, on their tongues and in their hearts - just as they are in ours.
While I was in Iceland, I read a quote by Einar Már Guðmundsson that resonated with me about why our roots are so important to us. “I trace the interest in genealogy in Iceland to the lack of trees. Because of the sparsity of trees, people opt for family trees and find themselves forests among their forebears.”
For many the Icelandic Festival is representative of something much deeper than a festival celebration. It provides a meaningful connection: to family, friends, community, history and culture.
We invite you to celebrate with us this year, from Gimli, across Canada, Iceland, and beyond.
I want to sincerely thank everyone that made the festival possible – from our volunteers, Board of Directors, Festival Manager and staff, to our partners, sponsors, donors and supporters.