Icelandic Festival

Icelandic Festival

First weekend in August
The Icelandic Festival, or Islendingadagurinn, held in Gimli, Manitoba, each year is one of the oldest ethnic festivals in Canada, dating back to 1890. The Icelandic settlers who emigrated to Canada after their homes in Iceland were destroyed by volcanic eruptions in 1875 wanted to do something to preserve their heritage and customs, and the current festival continues to reflect this interest in Icelandic culture. The events include choral singing and cultural and artistic displays. Participants dress in native Icelandic costumes and eat traditional foods such as smoked lamb and skyr, which is similar to yogurt. In recent years a film festival and sporting events have been added to the more traditional offerings.
CONTACTS:
Icelandic Festival
107-94 First Ave.
Gimli, MB R0C 1B1 Canada
204-642-7417
www.icelandicfestival.com
SOURCES:
GdWrldFest-1985, p. 33
IntlThFolk-1979, p. 63
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