Islendingadagurinn is many things to many people, but at the heart, it’s the celebration of Icelandic culture and heritage. This year, despite the COVID-19 situation affecting the ability to host in-person events, Islendingadagurinn will continue to celebrate and bring people together, from across the street, and across the world, with the virtual/online 131st Festival – “Icelandic at Home / Heima er Best (Home is Best)”
“We wanted to take this challenge and turn it into an opportunity to connect with our community at a time that people need it most. It is very much in the Icelandic spirit to persevere, and we are hard at work on fun and meaningful ways to present our Festival,” says Icelandic Festival of Manitoba President, Jenna Boholij.
Festival plans to deliver a culturally rich and educational experience using social media platforms (Instagram, Facebook, YouTube) and video, photography and web content. Participate and tune-in from anywhere in the world – register for virtual running races (10 Mile, 5 KM and 1 Mile), with winners being announced live on Festival weekend. Other event ideas include educational videos about knitting with Icelandic wool, cooking Icelandic delicacies, and more. Browse historical photo galleries of past Festivals, and tune-in to hear messages and music from special guests, from New Iceland to Iceland.
Every business and organization has been impacted by the current situation, and the Icelandic Festival will continue to support and recognize sponsors and partners, who are instrumental in the success and sustainability of the Festival. Donations in any amount would be gratefully appreciated during this uncertain time for Islendingadagurinn, and those interested can do so can contact the office or donate online.
More announcements to come soon, and the full weekend virtual event schedule will be released on June 17th. Register for the Festival e-newsletter and follow @icelandicfestival on social media to stay informed of the latest news.
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