Are you ready for some design, Reykjavík!? The annual Design March festival kicks off today with a host of exhibitions, workshops, openings, and events throughout the city celebrating all things DESIGN. The festival got underway earlier today with the first of a series of talks taking place at the National Theatre of Iceland titled ‘The Magic of Creativity.’ You can still catch one talk and a panel discussion if you head over there now. Be sure to check out the entire programme on the Design March website so you don’t miss any of the fun happenings over the coming days. Or, better yet, take a gander through the exquisite Grapevine Design March pull-out in the current issue, where you can see everything that’s going on and read up on the who’s who of Icelandic design while you’re at it.
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 obvsiously 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 so to stay safe consider checking out Iceland’s Road and Coastal Administration’s road map
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,
The tale of pair of Icelandic cats who became best friends made it onto Reddit’s front page yesterday. The story of the lonely Lancelot who was befriended by the neighbour’s cat has warmed the hearts of internet surfers worldwide. “Lancelot likes to go outside, but is only allowed out on a lead, so he doesn’t make a lot of friends,” wrote Lancelot’s owner Anna Guðbjörg. “He’s usually over-excited when a cat walks through our yard and bolts at them. But this one cat started to stop by and hang out with him on our porch. Then Neighbor Cat, started coming
Musician Ólafur Arnalds has been unable to pick up a painting, gifted by a friend and sent to Iceland via mail, from the customs office , because an official receipt for the work does not exist, reports Vísir. As the painting was made by Ólafur’s friend as a gift to the young composer, it has never been ascribed monetary value. Besides, presenting someone you’ve given a gift to with a document specifying its fiscal value is generally considered bad form. After a recent exchange with the Directorate of Customs, Ólafur posted the following on his personal Facebook . Ólafur’s Facebook