Culture Night extends over ten days
According to the City of Reykjavík, the changes this year are in accordance with civil protection advice and are aimed at ensuring that large gatherings are avoided.
Menningarnótt is usually the first Saturday on or after 18th August and commemorates the founding of the city. It is one of the biggest events on the calendar and usually includes large open-air concerts that attract tens of thousands of people.
The City of Reykjavík has this year advertised grants of 100-500,000 krónur that everybody can apply for. The grants are to be used for artistic or cultural events. The City has doubled the amount on offer in the form of grants, as the emphasis of this year’s Menningarnótt is on small events at shops, galleries, private homes, and elsewhere, and not on large public events funded directly by the City.
The recent National Day celebrations on 17th June were also quite different this year, with fewer events on offer and less advertising. This, it was hoped, would avoid the formation of crowds.
The Menningarnótt programme will be advertised fully, it has been confirmed. It is not yet known how many events there will be each day.
“It will be exciting to see who applies and we encourage everyone who wants to host an artistic event, dance show, karaoke, or whatever else to apply for a piece of the pot,” says the City of Reykjavík’s Elfa Björk Ellertsdóttir.
Asked about the famous Menningarnótt fireworks display, Elfa says it is too early to confirm whether or not it will happen this year.