Saturday, June 17, 2023
We look forward to paying tribute to Icelandic culture and music for the second consecutive year. On this special day, Tivoli Gardens will be packed with all the best from our Nordic neighbour.
More than 2000 pennants knitted using Icelandic wool
On 17 June, the decorations in Tivoli Gardens will be truly unique. Last year, volunteer knitters ensured that Tivoli Gardens could showcase the longest garland knitted from Icelandic wool to date. This resulted in around 2000 pennants, which we will naturally reuse this year. A few more will be added to the collection. You can enjoy this national flag spectacle on the Icelandic National Day in Tivoli Gardens.
Celebratory speech and large Icelandic choir at the Open-Air stage
The Icelandic ambassador to Denmark, H. E. Helga Hauksdóttir, will visit Tivoli Gardens on this special day and we look forward to her speech. This will be followed by five Icelandic choirs, who on the occasion will perform a joint concert on the Open-Air Stage.
Stalls and magical music
In the area around the Open-Air Stage there will be Icelandic stalls with yarn, clothes and other fine items. Margrét Arnardóttir, who is a popular Icelandic accordion player, will visit the area for a few hours during the afternoon/evening where her beautiful music will add magic to the wonderful atmosphere.
Ásta Stefánsdóttir and Lærke Bagger
An inspiring and creative experience awaits when Ásta Stefánsdóttir and Lærke Bagger meet for a conversation about knitting. Bring your knitting needles and yarns to the Orangery and enjoy the conversation between two amazing women who will talk about what inspires them, their experiences with knitting culture in Denmark and Iceland respectively as well as many other inspiring topics. A highly skilled accordion player, Margrét Arnardóttir will create the perfect atmosphere as she walks around the area from 17:00-19:00 playing her fine accordion.
Ásta Stefánsdóttir is the project manager at the North Atlantic House, a cultural institution in Copenhagen for Iceland, the Faroe Islands and Greenland. For the past 10 years, she has headed the knitting festival Pakhusstrik, which is held every year in September. She became a knitting enthusiast through her work, and her greatest joy is gathering knitters and inspiring them with presentations and fun knitting experiences. Ásta is from Iceland but has lived in Denmark for 29 years.
Lærke Bagger graduated as a textile designer from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen where she specialised in hand knitting. She started knitting when she was 8 years old and has been devoted to knitting all her life. Today, she is recognised worldwide. She has recently published the book Strik 2 (Knit 2) – an inspiring follow-up to her first book, Strik (Knit).
Helgí Björnsson rounds off the event
A festive evening awaits when the Icelandic star performer Helgí Björnsson makes an appearance at the Open-Air Stage in concert with Mads Mathias and the Tivoli Late Night Orchestra.
Tivoli Late Night Orchestra and Mads Mathias will delve into popular hits from the 1970s until now. Helgí will also appear on stage with some of his Icelandic hits.
We conclude this festive day with a beautiful firework display.
Iceland’s National Day is organised in collaboration with the Icelandic Embassy in Copenhagen and Icelandair.