Iceland Airwaves directing manager Grímur Atlason pledges to throw a punk concert outside the Russian embassy and Russian Orthodox Church every Thursday at noon to protest Pussy Riot’s treatment. As many may no doubt be familiar, the Russian punk rock band were arrested last March after performing a song in a church calling for Russian President Vladimir Putin to be removed from power. They have been in jail ever since, and were recently denied bail. They face seven years in prison for “hooliganism”. The case has aroused international attention and protest to what is seen by many to be a political arrest. Iceland has been no exception when it comes to protesting the detention. Last month, protesters gathered at the Russian embassy, leading to one arrest. Now, Iceland Airwaves directing manager Grímur Atlason has pledged to hold a punk rock concert outside of the Russian embassy and Russian Orthodox church every Thursday at noon, to voice disapproval for the continued detention of Pussy Riot. According to his Facebook, the planning stages are still ongoing, but he has thus far gotten Bubbi Morthens to sign up, and many other bands are expected to take part as well. The trial of Pussy Riot is due to end next week, with the prosecuting attorney calling for at least three years in prison for the band.
“The Poor Give The Rich Second Hand Domestic Appliances” is the title of an announced event, scheduled on December 23, the last business day before Christmas, locally known as Þorláksmessa. The event was announced on Facebook last Monday. —Thursday afternoon, over 800 people had RSVP’d. The event is occasioned by utterances made by Vilhjálmur Bjarnason, member of Alþingi on behalf of the Independence Party, during recent discussions about next years State Treasury budget. Vilhjálmur said that lowering the VAT on domestic appliances would benefit those economically worse off, even as the VAT on food is raised, since the poor can
The Seventh Yule Lad, Hurðaskellir (Door Slammer), will be launching his new experimental electro-punk album “Door Sounds” at Kex Hostel tonight. The album, co-produced by the energetic Ghostigital duo Einar Örn Benediktsson and Curver, features loops of doors slamming, hinges creaking, keys jingling and knobs turning over synths and a mix of dub and hip hop beats. The album marks Hurðaskellir’s musical debut and has been met with generally positive reviews, the Grapevine’s music contributor Bob Cluness even went as far as saying that he “didn’t hate it.” “I have been naturally attracted to rhythm for centuries,” said Hurðaskellir. “Last
On Wednesday, the Progressive Party’s Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi “Barbershop” Sveinsson met with France’ socialist Foreign Minister, Laurent Fabius. According to the Icelandic Foreign Ministry’s press release, the two discussed relations between the countries in the fields of culture, business, tourism, developments in the Arctic, geothermal energy, defence matters and NATO, as well as recent events in Ukraine, the Middle-East and global warming. While this is certainly an impressive set of topics, the press release does not reveal any obviously newsworthy statements on behalf of either Minister. According to picture which accompanied the press release, however, the duo must also
The rough weather in Iceland this past week has kept the Icelandic Association of Search and Rescue extremely busy, reports Vísir. Yesterday Ársæll Search and Rescue Team filmed and posted a video of their efforts to dig out a car stuck in the snow. Post by Slysavarnafélagið Landsbjörg. As those who have left the house in the past few days know, Iceland has been experiencing some bad weather and road conditions remain precarious. The Search and Rescue teams have had to assist many drivers of late—to stay safe consider checking out Iceland’s Road and Coastal Administration’s road map which documents
Though it did not crack the Top 10 Holiday searches in Google’s “Year in Search” for 2014, Iceland is on Google’s list of “rising holidays” – destinations that have seen the biggest increase in searches this year. The Independent reports that the destination which has seen the biggest increase in searches in 2014 is Italy but that Iceland follows shortly behind in second place. A possible reason behind this jump in interest is Iceland marketing itself as a stop-over destination for North America. Several flights will be launching next year with Wow Air taking off for Boston and Washington DC
DV stockholders’ meeting, held this Wednesday, voted for Björn Ingi Hrafnsson as the Chair of DV’s board. This was reported by Kjarninn. Media under Björn Ingi’s control have, so far, been based on very different editorial policies than DV’s critical and investigative reporting. Björn Ingi’s plans for DV remain to be seen. Critical, investigative, irritating The news medium DV, operating on print and online, is seen by many as a crucial source of critical and investigative reporting. Among other things, in November 2013 the paper initiated the coverage of the leaked Interior Ministry document, a scandal which, a year later,