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. While COVID-19 continues to affect our ability to host the festival in our normal capacity, we are hopeful this year that in addition to virtual and hybrid events, we can host some limited in-person events. In 2021 we celebrate the 132nd festival, “Icelandic at Heart / Íslenskt Innst Inni.”
One of my favorite musicians Gord Downie said, “the heart is the greatest resource.” It allows us the ability to love, grow, honor and remember. 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.
Whether you’re Icelandic by heritage, or Icelandic at heart, we invite you to celebrate with us this year, from Gimli, across Canada, Iceland, and beyond.
The pandemic has provided us with the unique opportunity to reach and involve people around the world. In future years we hope to continue to provide videos, contests and content that is accessible to everyone, whether you can join us in-person in Gimli on festival weekend or not.
I want to sincerely thank everyone that made the festival possible – from our volunteers, Board of Directors, Executive Director and staff, to our partners, sponsors, donors and supporters.
Our ties to Iceland remain as strong and deep as the ocean separating us, and despite the distance between us, we are closer than ever.
The true spirit of Festival can not be found exclusively in an amusement park ride, or a Viking battle, or fireworks over the harbour, but rather in all of those things and much more.
You can find it in an Icelandic flag waving in the wind, in a piece of vínarterta, a shot of Brennivín, and in a hug from your Amma.
And if you can find this spirit, you can celebrate Íslendingadagurinn from anywhere.