Icelandic Culture Week in Beijing


An exhibition dedicated to Icelandic culture was opened in Peking University last Friday, 28 October 2011. The exhibition is organised by the Embassy of Iceland in Beijing in cooperation with the University. Later the same day, a Gala Concert was held at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing where Icelandic Soprano Sigrún Hjálmtýsdóttir, better known as Diddú, sang a duet with Pianist Anna Guðný Guðmundsdóttir. The Embassy and the China Associaiton for Friendship with Foreign Countries jointly organised the concert to celebrate 40 years of diplomatic relations between Iceland and China this year.

The exhibition opening at Peking University, which was also related to the 40 year Anniversary, is a part of the Peking University International Cultural Festival and came on the heels of the Nordic-Asia Poetry Festival, which is organised by the Iceland-China Cultural Fund. The Poetry Festival was held for the first time in Reykjavík last year and this year saw its second time running in both Beijing and Yellow Mountains. The Peking University Exhibition is about the Icelandic literature tradition. It is intended to raise awareness about Iceland’s participation in the Frankfurt Book Fair this year, where Iceland was the Guest of Honour. In addition, reasons why Reykjavik was chosen as a UNESCO City of Literature are presented at the Exhibition. Artist Sigurdur Gudmundsson did a performance at the opening.

A new travel guide book by Mr Wang Ronghua, former Ambassador of China to Iceland, was presented at the opening of the literature exhibition. Many works of Icelandic literature in Chinese translation are on display at the exhibition, among them the Sagas of the Icelanders in two volumes, the Eddas and works of Halldor Laxness.

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