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Starting Tonight: Ljósanótt

Starting Tonight: Ljósanótt

Published August 31, 2016

Parker Yamasaki
Photos by
Art Bicnick

On August 31 the doors of Reykjanesbær burst open in a proud and colorful display of culture and tradition. Due to its proximity to the now closed US Naval Base, Keflavík became known known in the 1960s as the gateway to American music, and is credited for bringing rock n’ roll to sheepish teens — changing Icelandic culture for good. For your music fix, check out a tribute to Iceland’s golden-boy popstar, Páll Óskar, or join in the traditional dance on the harbour. Art galleries are open to the public and pop up markets and street performances will be on every other corner. Keflavík’s rock n’ roll museum opens its doors and small concerts will be held in backyards and small stages. Art performances litter the peninsula and good food runs throughout. The festival comes to an end on Sunday, but not before a giant outdoor concert on Saturdaynight, paying homage to the incredible cultural heritage of the area. And of course, there are fireworks. Admission is free!

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