2018 Interlake Pulse - Spring/Summer - 6

By: Jenna Boholij

Interlakepulse * www.interlakepulse.com

T

he "Heart of New Iceland," is getting ready once again to
welcome over 50,000 festival-goers to the 129th Icelandic
Festival of Manitoba - Islendingadagurinn, taking place
this August long weekend, August 3-6, 2018.
This year's theme encourages people to celebrate Icelandic culture and heritage, but to also celebrate each other, and "Gather as
Family/Komum Fjölskyldunni Saman." For many the festival weekend serves as a family celebration and a gathering of relatives and
friends who have come from far and wide to be together.
Visit Viking Park, a beautiful new space created around the
famous Gimli Viking statue. The park is filled with elves, trolls and
runes and pays tribute to Norse mythology and Icelanders that settled in Gimli. Walk the pathways and read messages engraved in
the stones from the donors who helped to make the park possible.
Speaking of Vikings, Islendingadagurinn wouldn't be complete
without the Viking Village. Almost 100 re-enactors live like authentic 800 A.D. period Vikings on the Harbour Park Hill during the festival and will 'battle' each day. Visitors can also see Norse jewelers,
wood carvers and other demonstrations of authentic Viking life.
Enjoy live music all weekend long starting at the Harbour Stage
on Friday and Saturday with Sigur Rök, and Saturday Nite at the
Harbour, performances, ending Sunday in Gimli Park with the
Alternative Folk Festival. Jazz enthusiasts can also enjoy an intimate event Saturday evening on the top floor of Johnson Hall with
Music on the Rooftop.
Festival is a foodies dream with lots to choose from, from the
pancake breakfast at New Horizons Center, authentic Icelandic
food from Amma's Kitchen at the Cultural and Heritage Pavilion at
Gimli Park, and the many food trucks and local restaurants.
There's something for all ages to enjoy at Wondershows Midway
and rides, Beach Volleyball, Family Sports and the Sandcastle
Contest. Enjoy Icelandic inspired events such as Islendingadunk,
Fris-Nok and "Get Dinged," where participants dress up in traditional Viking costumes, eat a piece of Hardfiskur (dried fish), drink
a shot of Brennivín, chant "Islendingadagurinn", and practice their
best Viking roar!
Soak up art and culture at the Culture & Heritage Pavilion, Music
and Poetry in the Park and Fine Arts Show. On Monday enjoy
one of the longest running and largest parades in Manitoba and
head to Gimli Park afterwards for the Traditional Program. At the
Traditional Program we welcome special guests from Canada and
Iceland and honor the festival Fjallkona (Maid of the Mountain),
Mrs. Wanda Kathleen Josephson Anderson.
The festival offers affordable events thanks to the support
of all its sponsors, including the Government of Canada, the
Government of Iceland, the Province of Manitoba, the R.M. of Gimli,
Telus, Honest Agency and corporate and individual donors.
For a full program of events please visit icelandicfestival.com, or download the Icelandic Festival
of Manitoba's free app for Android and Apple devices.


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