REYKJAVIK -- For clients looking to spend New Year's Eve getting
lost in music and blending with local revelers in a unique
destination, Iceland makes for an unusual option.
New Year's in Iceland is generally a time for Icelanders to
break the round-the-clock darkness by filling the communities with
light. Celebrations revolve around bonfires and fireworks, and this
year's activities are expected to be more involved than usual.
A gala event is being planned at Laugardalur Sports Hall and
Park. It will last from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. and will feature a dinner,
followed by dancing. Music will be performed by the popular
Icelandic group Studmenn as well as other artists.
A more refined event will be featured at Laugardalsholl in
Reykjavik. The theme party, Iceland's Thousand Years, will feature
international food and drink, and leading Icelandic artists,
musicians and entertainers will perform.
A highlight will be a three-piece Millennium Symphony of
composers who have based special works on three Icelandic poets.
Dancing will commence after the midnight celebration.
Prices and ticketing information for both events are available
through the Icelandic Tourist Board.
Icelandic Tourist Board
Phone: (212) 885-9700
Iceland's Thousand Years organizers
Phone: (011) 354 561-3800
Reykjavik also will play host to a millennium concert featuring
the 90-member Voices of Europe Choir, a gathering of musicians from
each of the nine cities chosen as Europe's cultural capitals for
Although the event is sold out, there will be an opportunity to
see the choir perform live in Iceland in the summer. On Aug. 26 and
27, the choir will hold a concert at Hallgrimskirkja Church in
Reykjavik as the launch of a tour of the nine European cultural
Prices and ticketing information will be available by
mid-October on the Reykjavik 2000 Internet site, at www.Reykjavik2000.com.International chorus to sing in new millennium in
REYKJAVIK -- A 90-member international chorus will sing in the
millennium here and in the summer will tour the nine European
Cultural Capitals of 2000.
The group, called the Voices of Europe Choir, is a gathering of
musicians from each of the nine cities chosen as Europe's cultural
capitals for 2000.
Iceland's own international star musician, Bjork, will perform
and write songs especially for the group.
Another Icelandic contributor will be Thorgerdur Ingolfsdottir,
who will conduct the choir through a score of music that will
include work specially composed for the event by Estonian composer
There also will be conductors from each represented city to lead
their own musical contributions to the event.
Along with Reykjavik, the other European cultural capitals
selected for 2000 by the European Union are Bergen, Norway;
Brussels, Belgium; Helsinki, Finland; Krakow, Poland; Avignon,
France; Bologna, Italy; Santiago de Compostela, Spain, and Prague,
To form the Voices of Europe, each of the nine cultural capitals
was asked to select 10 musicians between the ages of 16 and 23.
Representatives of each country convened in June to select the
songs for the choir's repertoire, including one song native to each
of the nine cities. A major goal of the event was to have the choir
sing in each of the cities' native languages.