Culture Night 2023

Culture Night is Reykjavík’s birthday celebration, this year the capital’s 237th birthday was being celebrated with over 400 events, big and small. Culture Night, as it is today, is the largest, most crowded and most diverse festival in the city and has been held since 1996. Tens of thousands made their way to the city center, to go to the museums that were open until 11:00 p.m., or to see other events such as concerts in Hljómskálagarður and at Arnarhóll, where many of the best and most well known musicians of the nation came together and played for the whole nation. The concert was broadcast live on RÚV and Bylgjan. There was definitely a great mood in the city center, a mood that Icelandic Times wanted to convey to its readers. See you next year, because Culture Night is the highlight of the summer for so many. The festival ends at eleven o’clock with Reykjavík City’s fireworks show putting an end to a great day.

The crowd at Arnarhóll

The band Á móti sól playing in Hljómskálagarður

The fireworks seen from Reykjavíkurtjörn

Páll Óskar closing the show at Culture night

The best view for the concert at Arnarhóll

Nylon made a great comeback after a 10 year hiatus

Mother and daughter duo conveying culture to friends and family

Magni from the band Á móti sól

Photographs & text: Páll Stefánsson
Reykjavík 20/08/2023 : RX1R II : 2.0/35mm Z