Reykjavík Peace Days

October 7

RIFF are hosting a screening of the documentary Naila and the Uprising, one of two interesting films about Palestine at RIFF this year, and a seminar at Bíó Paradís, Sunday 7 October at 15:15.

25 years after the signing of the Oslo Accords, the situation in the occupied Palestinian territory continues to deteriorate. Controversial decisions of the American administrations including the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel and the discontinued funding of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) are cases in point. What will the implications of these developments be on the prospects for the two-state solution and just peace?

Following the screening, Ambassador Feda Abdelhady-Nasser, Deputy Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the United Nations, will discuss the current situation and future prospects of peace in Palestine.

Moderator: Magnea Marinósdóttir, political scientist and former head of office of a women’s rights NGO working in the occupied State of Palestine and Israel.

The seminar is open to all.

Further information can be found here.

October 9

Imagine Peace Tower on Viðey Island will be illuminated for the 12th time in a beautiful ceremony on Tuesday October 9th at 20:00. The ceremony starts at 17:45 and will last until 21:00.

The Icelandic musician Högni Egils will be performing from 19:00-19:30 and the Icelandic musician GDRN will perform from 20:30-21:00. The concert will take place in Naustið, which is close to the Imagine Peace Tower.

Yoko Ono invites everyone to sail to Viðey Island free of charge. The first ferry will leave Skarfabakki at 17:30 and it will sail back and forth until 19:30. After the ceremony the first ferry sails at 20:30 from Viðey to Skarfabakki and until the island has been evacuated.

A free City Bus will run from Hlemmur bus terminal to Skarfabakki Pier from 17:15-19:00, and from Skarfabakki to Hlemmur from 20:40 and until the last ferry has arrived.

Further information can be found here.

October 9 – 17

Soka Gakkai in Iceland is hosting the poster exhibition From War Culture to Peace Culture, which opens on October 9 in Kringlan Mall. The slideshow highlights the importance of eliminating nuclear weapons, ensuring the safety of humanity, and strengthening work related to peace. It was first exhibited in New York in 2007 and has since been to over 230 cities all over the world.

October 10

Höfði Reykjavík Peace Centre is hosting an international conference coined The Imagine Forum: Youth on the Move in Veröld - House of Vigdís from 10:00 - 17:00 on October 10.

The main objective of the dialogue taking place will be shedding a light on this highly important role of young displaced persons and the valuable contribution of entrepreneurs and activists in creating positive change. Borders have a vast impact on young people fleeing arduous situations, seeking new opportunities and respect for their rights. They are forced to flee, exposing them to sexual and gender based violence, abduction, exploitation, forced recruitment, detention, hunger and death.

Despite their difficult situation displaced young people can and should play an important and positive role in shaping their future and establishing sustainable peace worldwide. Technological advancements have brought forth opportunities to empower, educate and train young displaced people.

Confirmed speakers include J.J. Bola, Pia Oberoi, Sophia Mahfooz, Nazanin Askari, Kathy Gong, Harald Quintus-Bosz and Adam Elsod.

Click here to register to the conference

Click here for the Conference Programme

October 11

The Icelandic poet and actress Eyrún Ósk Jónsdóttir is hosting a poem meditation in Sokka Gakkhai’s Culture Centre at Laugavegur 178. All the poems revolve around peace, love and friendship and are recited under the serene sound of soothing music.

Further information can be found here.