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Sunday, August 17th, 2008, 08:38 PM
“Berry Days” Festival Celebrated in North Iceland

The tenth annual music festival “Berry Days” begins in Ólafsfjördur in north Iceland today. The festival, which ends on Sunday, is dedicated to chamber concerts, but other kind of entertainment is also scheduled for the festival weekend.

Festival organizer and artistic director Örn Magnússon told Fréttabladid that it had been decided a long time ago that “The Four Seasons” by Vivaldi would be played to commemorate the festival’s tenth anniversary.

“Violinist Elfa Rún Kristinsdóttir plays solo in ‘The Four Seasons’ and she will be supported by good people from the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, the Bach Orchestra from Skálholt and from other orchestras. Actor Gudmundur Ólafsson will read the sonnets of ‘The Four Seasons’,” Magnússon said.

Tomorrow a concert will take place in the old church on Kvíabekkur where music from old Icelandic script will be performed with old instruments. “Instruments will be used that we don’t see every day, like langspil [an Icelandic string instrument], harp and fiddle,” Magnússon added.

Visual artist Eggert Pétursson will open an exhibition of his most recent work in Listhús gallery in Fjallabyggd municipality.

The festival is called “Berry Days” because it coincides with the berry picking season in Ólafsfjördur, so festival goers can use the opportunity to pick blue and crow berries.

The festival’s slogan is “music and nature.”

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