Reykjavík Culture night will be celebrated for the 14th time this year. Last year almost a third of the Icelandic population participated in the event which makes Reykjavík Culture Night by far the most popular of all Reykjavík events.

Many ideas have come up and it is expected that down town Reykjavík will be vibrant with miscellaneous and colorful events on the 22nd of August, ending with the fantastic fireworks display at 11pm.

Music everywhere and in all shapes and sizes is a must on Culture Night. Classical Icelandic music from the 60’s blends in with opera tunes, which again lead to thumping rock rhythm. Musicians perform in many locals in the city centre as well as outdoors. This year the Reykjavík Jazz festival celebrates 20 years of success. For that reason there have never been as much jazz music on Culture Night. The idea is to surprise the festival’s guests with music in places they would never have expected to find it.

There are all kinds of happenings in the city centre of Reykjavík on Culture Night. Everything from traditional artistic forms like poetry, literature, drama, dance, photography etcetera, to walks, games, sports, food and lectures. You can say that the variety depends on the inhabitants in Reykjavík as they are the ones creating the program.

The Cultural institutions in the centre of Reykjavík play an important role on Culture Night and participate by offering a vivid program. All museums are open until late and entertain guests with diverse happenings. The churches Dómkirkjan, Hallgrímskirkja and Fríkirkjan welcome people to enjoy a variety of musical happenings, from pop to classical choir music. 

One of Culture Nights traditions is inviting one of Iceland’s communes to participate in the festivities. This year it’s Árborg that will hold forth in Reykjavík City Hall with an exciting program.

Every year the Reykjavík Culture Night comes up with a new theme to inspire participants while organizing an event. The theme of 2009 is "The Town’s Houses".

On Culture Night the festival’s guests are invited to visit a home in the city centre and have some waffle and coffee and to get to know the hosts. The idea came from one of the inhabitants in the area and has been a great success.

Full schedule - in your pocket ( pdf 269 KB)

Aug. 18, 2009
Höfuðborgarstofa „Menningarnótt 22. ágúst 2009“, Náttú Aug. 18, 2009 URL: [Skoðað:Sept. 20, 2021]
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