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Húsavík opens ESC museum after Eurovision film fame

18.10.2021 - 16:09
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Húsavík, the northeast-Iceland town that took centre stage in the 2020 Will Ferrell blockbuster ‘Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga’ has opened a brand-new museum dedicated to the song contest, which is the world’s biggest non-sporting television event and is sure to boost interest in the popular tourist town still further. There was already a Ja Ja Ding Dong bar in town, among other Euro-touches.

“Yup, we are opening today, and it’s been a year in the making. Probably the most fun project I’ve been involved in. There is so much joy around Eurovision,” says Örlygur Hnefill Örlygsson, the curator of the Eurovision museum. “Of course, we welcomed this Eurovision adventure with open arms here in Húsavík and have used it as much as we can to build up a positive vibe in our town, and it has gone well.”

How did the project come together?

“We were phoning and writing emails all winter and all spring, collecting all this together. The remarkable thing is that these are things everyone knows. They are items that are part of the nation’s soul and the nation’s history, and much of it was just in cupboards, or even boxes in people’s attics. Now these items get to bring joy again, like they did on the big stage at Eurovision.”

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Alexander Elliott
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