Spirits were high in downtown Reykjavík yesterday, as several thousand protestors took to the streets to march in the annual SlutWalk celebrations. The SlutWalk’s organizers estimate that the event—which closed with an Austurvöllur concert featuring Úlfur Úlfur, Mammút, Reykjavíkurdætur and Friðrik Dór— drew well over 20,000 attendees, thereby surpassing their goals for a record-breaking 2015 Slutwalk.
“We are in the clouds right now, simply overjoyed,” Helga Lind Mar, one of SlutWalk’s organizers told Grapevine over the phone earlier. “It’s simply historical, such a great number of people from all walks of society marching with us, taking a firm stand against sexual violence in all its forms.”
“Partaking in the SlutWalk is an important declaration, that you are no longer willing to live in a society that condones sexual violence,” Helga Lind continued. “And the fact that so many did means officials can no longer remain complacent, it means that they must now listen, and act accordingly, whether that involves clearer guidelines for the police or improving legislation. Sensing the solidarity from every corner of our community right now, it’s amazing and empowering,” Helga Lind said in closing.
Grapevine photographer Art Bicnick was on the scene yesterday, his trusty camera in tow. Check out his photos from the event, below.