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2023 Scandinavian Festival Features Iceland

The Scandinavian Festival was back at the Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead, Minnesota, and we had a wonderful time. The featured host country this year was Iceland!

Icelandic Roots was featured at several special events and was part of the week-long festivities.

June 20: 4-7 pm was the Grand Opening Reception of "The Icelandic Emigrant Journey" photography art exhibition curated by me (Sunna) at The Rourke Art Gallery + Museum in Moorhead with wine from Björnson Vinyard and Matthiasson Winery. You can see the book that accompanies the exhibit HERE.

June 22: 5 pm Festival Opening Ceremonies at Drekker with presentations of the flags and special guest speakers. My 6-year-old granddaughter, Tesla, was also in her Icelandic upphlutur dress for the ceremony.

IR Member, Heidi Herman, shared her Homestyle Icelandic Cooking for American Homes, Icelandic Folklore, and other books she has authored. She had readings and crafts about the Icelandic Yule Lads. She had a full and interactive vendor booth, too.

Other events on June 23 and 24 from 10-4 pm at the Hjemkomst Center:

  • Kristín Jónína Taylor performed on the piano.

  • Amma's Kitchen by the FM Icelandic Klub, served Icelandic food all day and every day. They were so busy and the food was delicious as always.

  • The North Star Nordic Dancers featured dances from all the Nordic countries.

  • Bud Larson, a local favorite, shared Hardanger fiddle music.

  • Folk Artist Pieper Bloomquist presented Hallson Icelandic Church Paintings.

  • Sunna Furstenau gave daily presentations on the Minnesota and North Dakota Icelanders, the Rourke Art Exhibition - "The Icelandic Emigrant Journey," and the features of the Icelandic Roots community.

  • A large group from Minneapolis came and set up a Viking Encampment and held demonstrations. They also were at the Flag Ceremony.

There was Face Painting, loads of vendors, plus much more.

Thanks to the Nordic Culture Clubs, the FM Icelandic Klub, Icelandic Roots volunteers, and all the others who made this a success!


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