Children are the centre of attention this week in Iceland’s capital as the Reykjavík Children’s Culture Festival kicks off. It starts today and goes till April 14.
Check out this family-friendly tour combo of the Golden Circle with whale watching and a glacier adventure.
The Reykjavík Children’s Culture Festival is a 6-day event dedicated to young people. It aims to introduce those under the age of 16 to a wide variety of arts disciplines.
Take your family rafting on this tour in North Iceland
Youth from everywhere are encouraged to explore art by taking part in workshops and performances. The Reykjavík Children’s Culture Festival is a unique event as it places emphasis on participation, focusing on the child as an artist.
Throughout the week, kids are invited to participate in theatre workshops, circus, visual arts, storytelling, music, film, puppetry, dance and many other artistic endeavours.
The festival began in 2010 and is organised by the Festivals and Events Department of the Reykjavik Cultural Office and the Department of children’s culture in Reykjavík.
To help you get excited about this incredible youth event, we’ve selected a highlight for each day of the festival.
The full program can be found here; there are hundreds of activities to attend.
Tuesday, April 9 Viking Animals – The Secret of the Settlement
09:00 – 18:00 The Settlement Exhibition Aðalstræti 16, 101, Reykjavík
This activity gives children the opportunity to become budding archaeologists. They will be able to dig for bones and artefacts.
Admission is free for adults accompanying children.
Wednesday, April 10 Folklore Monsters
10:00 – 17:00, Culture House, Hverfisgata 15, 101, Reykjavík
Icelandic folklore is filled with a variety of odd creatures, and in this exhibition, children will have the chance to meet some of them. Graduate students from the Reykjavík Academy of Digital Entertainment at the Technical College have designed a technological introduction to the habitat of many Icelandic mythical creatures.
Thursday, April 11 Rhymes and Rap
16:20 – 16:40 Dalhús 2, 112, Reykjavík
Kids will be performing for kids in this activity. Students from the 3rd and 4th classes of an after-school program in Grafarvogur will bust out rap songs they wrote with the help of members of one of Iceland’s most famous hip hop groups Reykjavíkurdætur.
Friday, April 12 They Want to Live!
11:00 – 19:00, City library-Culture House Spöng, Spöngin 41, 112, Reykjavík
Throughout winter, students of Brúarskóli have been studying endangered animals. The students (aged between 8 and 16) researched the interrelatedness of animal and human life. The result is an exhibition of their creative work, designed to be a wake-up call.
Saturday, April 13 Sound and Movement
10:00 – 17:00, Kjarvalsstaðir, Flókagata 24, 105, Reykjavík
This exhibition is an exploration of how sound and movement affect the environment. The pieces are a collaboration between three schools in Reykjavík. The artists used a variety of materials and methods to create an interactive experience.
Sunday, April 14 Animal Parade Mask Making
13:00 – 16:00, Gerðuberg 3, 111, Reykjavík
The animal parade is an international initiative that is designed to empower students with knowledge and to teach them about climate change. The first Icelandic animal parade will take place on May 22, and this workshop is a chance for children to start working on their costumes.
Children will create all kinds of masks from recycled materials.
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