The 131st Islendingadagurinn, also known as the Icelandic Festival of Manitoba, will take place virtually from July 31st to August 3rd. In the Icelandic spirit of perseverance, the festival is overcoming challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and will continue to celebrate Icelandic heritage and culture on social media and the festival’s website. For the first time, anyone around the world can tune in and participate in the festivities!
Typically, the festival takes place in Gimli, Manitoba, Canada, fondly known as “New Iceland.” Gimli welcomes around 50,000 visitors who are eager to learn about Icelandic traditions, celebrate the culture, and participate in interactive competitions throughout the long weekend. This year’s celebration will include virtual running races, a virtual Icelandic fashion show, a virtual sand castle competition and much more. The festival will also feature a pre-recorded “music from Iceland” series. A full schedule of events can be found on the festival’s website.
During these uncertain times, the festival is grateful for donations from sponsors and partners. If you’re interested in supporting Islendingadagurinn, you can make a donation on the festival’s website. Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated.
To prepare for the celebration, make sure you sign up for the Icelandic Festival’s newsletter. And don’t forget to follow the festival on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube!
Let us know if you’ll be tuning into any of the virtual events below in the comments or on Twitter!