The Anniversary of Akureyri Municipality is celebrated annually on the weekend closest to the day of establishment which is the 29th of August. In 2019 it will be held at 23th-24th of August. It´s a celebration including cultural events like exhibitions, visual art, music, science and so on. To contact the project managers for Akureyrarvaka Cultural Night please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Below is the program of the festival 2018 which gives an idea of its content. New program for the year 2019 will be added as soon as it is known or minimum 2 weeks prior to the festival.
LÍF, photography exhibition of ÁLFkonur will be located in the BOTANICAL GARDEN the entire weekend.
10:00 AM - ART STREET - Kaupvangsstrćti
The chairman of Akureyrarstofa, Hilda Jana Gísladóttir and children from the Lundarsel and Pálmholt preschools will take down the Arts Summer Festival flag and hoist the flag of Akureyrarvaka while singing happy birthday to Akureyri.
6:00 PM - Hof Cultural Center
The Cultural Society of Akureyri will offer a guided tour of the exhibition “Stórval í 110 ár” in the Hof Cultural House. Tinna Stefánsdóttir, the great granddaughter of the artist will tell stories and discuss each painting in Icelandic.
Opening of Kaktus
Kaktus will open their new facility at Strandgata 11b on Friday 24th of August from 7 PM to 10 PM. Vibrant workshops and exhibitions. Additionally, Kaktus will be open on Saturday 25th of August 4 PM to 8 PM. Sponsored by Akureyrarstofa.
8:00 PM – 9:30 PM - CALM OF DUSK IN THE BOTANICAL GARDEN
Akureyrarvaka will be formally begin in the Botanical Garden. Kristján Edelstein will greet guests with gentile playing of the guitar and the chairman of Akureyrarstofa, Hilda Jana Gísladóttir will commence the festival formally. The festivals program will be briefly listed just before the garden will filled with art. Performing will be Sóknarskáld, The mens choir of Akureyri – Geysir, Guđrún Harpa Örvars and Kristján Edelstein, dancers from STEPS dancecenter, Birkir Blćr and the electronic musician Stefán Elí, examples from the first album of Kjass will be played and finally the photographic and tool exhibition “Einu Sinni Var” will be opened in the Botanical Garden. It will be located in the shed below the Icelandic flowerbeds. The exhibition will be open 8 AM to 4 PM until the 30th of September 2018.
9:00 PM – 7:00 AM - AKUREYRI MUNICIPAL LIBRARY
The visual and audio piece Coco Vin will be projected on the building while it is dark outside. The video was made by Katrín Björg Gunnarsdóttir and Anne Balanant. The audio was composed by Áki Sebastian Frostason.
9:00 PM - HOF CULTURAL CENTER
Jazz concert with the band Tusk at Hof Cultural Center. Band members are pianist Kjartan Valdemarsson, drummer Birgir Baldursson, guitarist Eđvarđ Lárusson and bass player Pálmi Gunnarsson. 1862 Nordic Bistro and the Cultural Society of Akureyri welcomes everyone to the concert.
9:00 PM - RÁĐHÚSTORG 7
LISTENINGPARTY OF KJASS
Kjass will publish its first album, Rćtur, in the beginning of September and here is a chance to listen to it with fun people, discuss things and enjoy light refreshments. Red door next to Serrano.
9:30 PM - CAFÉ LAUT
Guđrún Harpa Örvarsdóttir and Kristján Edelstein will perform Icelandic songs that everyone knows and loves.
9:00 PM - AKUREYRI JUNIOR COLLEGE
Pétur og Úlfurinn is a very beautiful show that was premiered in the National Theatre of Iceland. The show has travelled Iceland and the world. Bernd Ogrodnik will be performing the show wooden puppets and magic in his own charming way.
Sponsored by Akureyrarstofa, Bílaleiga Akureyrar Europcar and Akureyri Junior College.
9:00 PM - MIDNIGHT - AREA BELOW THE OLD THEATRE
Carnival vibes for the whole family. Circus acts for all ages. A Quiddich-field will be on location and teams can participate in a game of Quiddich.
9:00 PM – MIDNIGHT - HAUNTED HOUSE – OLD THEATRE
The ghosts of the past will appear. A real haunted house for those who dare! Age limit is 12-25 years. To see the show people just register. Registration will begin 8:30 PM Friday night. First come, first served, one ticket per person. Inebriation and alcohol will invalidate tickets.
Sponsored by Norđurorka and Akureyri Cultural Society
10:00 PM - AKUREYRI BACKPACKERS
Performance by the band Darth Coyote
10:00 PM - GRĆNI HATTURINN CONCERT VENUE
Last concert of the Queen tribute band Killer Queen of the year.
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM - AKUREYRI MUSEUM AND NONNI’S HOUSE
Take a look at the many and interesting exhibition in the two museums.
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM - INDUSTRIAL MUSEUM
Exhibition of photographs the Industrial Museum of Akureyri.
11:00 AM - TORFUNESBRYGGJA
The history from the sea. Boat ride with Húni II.
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM - FUN IN THE AKUREYRI SWIMMINGPOOL
Young and promising musicians will perform. Additionally there will be stand-up and Aqua Zumba. Afterwards there will be refreshments from Orđakaffi.
Admission to pool.
11:00 AM – 13:00 PM - Giljaskóli
The neighborhood committee of Giljahverfi will celebrate the anniversary of Giljaskóli elementary schoo. BBQ and entertainment for young and old.
1:00 PM - AĐALSTRĆTI 6 – BACKYARD
Market. Old knickknacks and bric-a-brac of all sorts for sale. Hot coffee will be available.
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM - ART STREET - Kaupvangsstrćti
How many vintage cars can be fitted in the art street? The vintage car chapter of the Akureyri Car Club will attempt a record and have vintage cars on display.
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM - DAVÍĐSHÚS
Seize this opportunity and take a look at the authors house.
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM - HAFNARSTRĆTI - Pedestrian Street
Fleamarket vibes in the pedestrian street. Registration is with email@example.com
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM - SCIENCE FOR KIDS IN HOF
Science Willy will put on a science show. Tremendous fun guaranteed.
Two shows. 1:30 PM and 3:30 PM.
Various scientific presentations on science in Icelandic.
Sponsors are EFLA, Akureyri Cultural Society, Eimur and Raftákn.
1:00 PM – 10:00 PM - ART STREET WORKSHOPS
Creative and cozy vibes. Formal opening of a sales exhibition.
1:00 PM – 11:00 PM - SJOPPAN Design Shop
Premier of "Jón í lit" of Akureyrarvaka and fantastic offers on fantastic items.
2:00 PM - HAMARSKOTSTÚN
The Frisbee-golf Club of Akureyri will have demonstrations on how to play frisbee-golf for those interested.
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM - Tasting from RUB23, SUSHI CORNER & BAUTINN RESTAURANT
The restaurants will show their craft and offer tastings.
Location: RUB 23 Restaurant
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM - HAFNARSTRĆTI - Pedestrian Street
Jóna Bergdal will paint and show watercolor paintings of Akureyri.
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM - RÁĐHÚSTORG 7
Photography exhibition of the people of Akureyri by the photographer Daníel Starrason. Portraits of the people of Akureyri.
2:00 PM – 6:00 PM - THE ZONTA HOUSE
The Zonta Club of Akureyri will have a cake buffet. Adults 1500 ISK, children 750 ISK. All proceeds will go to charity.
2:00 PM – 8:00 PM - GILFÉLAGIĐ – DEIGLAN
The guest artist of the Gilfélag, Salman Ezzammoury in the month of August will exhibit new pieces of art inspired by living in Akureyri and the landscape.
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM - AKUREYRI ART MUSEUM – WORKSHOP
Opening of an art exhibition in a new facilty.
2:00 PM – MIDNIGHT - AKUREYRI ART MUSEUM – WORKSHOP
Open workshop by the arts collective Rösk. In display will be art that the group has made throughout the years.
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM - RÁĐHÚSTORG – MAIN SQUARE
The scouts of Akureyri will offer various entertainment. Popcorn, grilled marshmellows etc.
3:00 PM – 8:00 PM - RÓSENBORG YOUTH HOUSE
Participants of the program “Creative Summer Jobs” will show the result of their work on the 4th floor.
3:00 PM – 11:00 PM - AKUREYRI ART MUSEUM GIFT SHOP
Formal opening of the gift shop. For sale will be fun item connected to art and culture.
3:00 PM – 11:00 PM - GIL COFFEEHOUSE
A new coffeehouse in the Art Museum wil welcome passerby with coffee from Reykjavík Roasters and refreshments. Various offers.
3:00 PM – 11:00 PM - GRAND OPENING OF THE NEW AKUREYRI ART MUSEUM
Formal inauguration of the new facilities of the Akureyri Art Museum and its 25 anniversary celebrated. 6 new art exhibitions will be opened parallel to the grand opening. Live music throughout the day. Futher information can be found at www.listak.is
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM - AKUREYRI ART MUSEUM – ROOM 10 – KETTLE HOUSE
Singing from Finnish choirs.
9:00 PM – 7:00 AM - AKUREYRI MUNICPAL LIBRARY
The visual and audio art piece Coco Vin will be projected on the building while it is dark outside. The video was made by Katrín Björg Gunnarsdóttir and Anne Balanant. The audio was composed by Áki Sebastian Frostason.
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM - ART STREET - Kaupvangsstrćti
DJ Doddi Mix will warm up for the evening’s concert.
9:00 PM – 10:30 PM - GRAND CONCERT IN THE ART STREET - Kaupvangsstrćti
Various Icelandic artists will perform.
SVALA – JÓNAS SIG – SLAKA SÓL – MAGNI – BIRKIR BLĆR
The band for the evening will be composed of various local musicians.
THE CONCERT WILL BE BROADCASTED ON RÁS 2
Sponsored by Eimskip and Landsbankinn.
The concert is in collaboration with Exton.
9:30 PM – 11:30 PM - CHURCH STEPS
A WAKE FOR PEACE
Candles for peace will be sold to raise money for AED devices. The candles will be sold and the commencing of Akureyrarvaka and from 1:00 PM downtown in the town center.
10:00 PM - GRĆNI HATTURINN CONCERT VENUE
The band Valdimar.
11:00 PM - TORFNUNEFSBRYGGJA
Midnight cruising with the boat Húni II. DJ Ívar Freyr will play songs connected to the ocean.
This program is subject to change.
Temporary road closures 24th – 26th of August.
From 6 PM Friday to midnight on the 24th of August the Arts Alley will be closed due to the installation of the stage that will be located at the bottom the Arts Alley. Parallel to this installation the pedestrian street in Hafnarstrćti will close to traffic. The stage will be removed after midnight on Saturday and will these streets open again to traffic on 10 am Sunday morning.
From 8 AM Friday to midnight on the 24th of August Hafnarstrćti will be closed from Austurbrú to Suđurbrú due to the Ghost House in the old theatre. Routs from Ráđhústorg (main square) til be closed from 11 am to 7 pm on Saturday 25th of August, parts of Skipagata, parts of Strandgata and lastly parts of Túngata.
• Under the church steps.
• Hof cultural house, handicapped accessible
• Parking lot/car park by Skipagata, handicapped accessible
• Akureyri Art Museum, handicapped accessible
Parking will be available at the following locations:
• Hof Cultural Center
• City Hall
Those who attend Akureyrarvaka are prohibited to bring dogs to the festival according to the Town Statue on the keeping of dogs.
All usage of drones is strictly prohibited unless with the expressed permission of the authorities of Akureyrarvaka and the ATC tower at the Akureyri Airport.
AKUREYRARBĆR - AMTSBÓKASAFNIĐ Á AKUREYRI - BAUTINN - BÍLALEIGA AKUREYRAR - EFLA VERKFRĆĐISTOFA - EIMSKIP
EIMUR - EXTON - FAB LAB - HÓTEL KEA - HS-KERFI - HÚLLADÚLLAN - LANDSBANKINN - LISTASAFNIĐ Á AKUREYRI
LYSTIGARĐUR AKUREYRAR - MENNINGARFÉLAG AKUREYRAR - MENNTASKÓLINN Á AKUREYRI - MINJASAFNIĐ Á AKUREYRI
MJÓLKURSAMSALAN - NORĐURORKA - N4 - NÝSKÖPUNARMIĐSTÖĐ ÍSLANDS - RAFTÁKN - RUB 23 - SJOPPAN VÖRUHÚS
SUNDLAUG AKUREYRAR - SUSHI CORNER - VAĐLAHEIĐARGÖNG - VISTORKA- 1862 NORDIC BISTRO
Visit Akureyri would like to extend a warm thank you to everyone that helped or contributed to Akureyrarvaka.