March 1-3 • Nordic Lights Film Festival: For over a decade, the NLFF has highlighted films from across the Nordic countries. This year's festival kicks off with the Icelandic film Woman at War/Kona fer í stríð. Sponsored by SRSCA. Tickets to the opening night film and reception can be found HERE; festival tickets HERE.
March 2 • Þorrablót: Celebrating the eminent end of winter and historic month of Þorri, this dinner highlights the challenging food of Iceland's past, including preserved shark, "sour" lamb's testicles, lamb's head, and more. A culinary adventure unlike any other! Tickets HERE
March 4-6 • Bolludagur/Bun Day + Sprengidagur/Bursting Day + Öskudagur/Ash Wendsday: Get ready for the most delicious lead-up to Easter -- Bun Day (Shrove Monday), featuring delicious choux pastry bun filled with jam and whipped cream and topped with a chocolate glaze; Bursting Day (Fat Tuesday), featuring salted meat and peas eaten in excess; Ash Wendsay, during which Icelandic children dress in costume and go door-to-door, singing for treats.
March 10+17 • Traditional Icelandic Embroidery 102: SRSCA and the Nordic Museum present a two-session, six-hour workshop exploring traditional Icelandic embroidery techniques. This accelerated class is for people with experience with embroidery or cross-stitch. Ticket info soon.
March 17 • Mostly Nordic Chamber Music Festival "Afterquake": Renowned Icelandic-American cellist Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir and pianist Angelo Rondello perform compositions by contemporary Icelandic composers Jón Nordal, Páll Ragnar Pállsson and Þrúður Jónsdóttir. Tickets available HERE ($25 members / $30 GA).
March 23+31 • Traditional Icelandic Embroidery 101: SRSCA and the Nordic Museum present a two-session, six-hour workshop exploring traditional Icelandic embroidery techniques. This class is geared towards people with minimal needleworking experience. Ticket info soon.
April • Sumardagurinn Fyrsti / First Day of Summer: The beginning of summer is celebrated by Icelanders at the midpoint between the spring equinox and summer solstice. We will celebrate with a picnic! Details announced soon.
PAST EVENTS 2018
December 1–9 • Holiday Book Flood: At our inaugural Book Flood, we celebrated Seattle writers and Icelandic literature. Leija Farr, Andy Meyer, Sierra Nelson, D.A. Navoti, and Margaret Willson read from recent works to a packed house and the Book Flood Pop-up Shop highlighted books from Sjón, Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir, Andri Snær Magnason, and more. Thanks to the generosity of our audience, we collected over 75 books for our Mary's Place book drive. Thank you!
October 10–14, Taste of Iceland 2018: Musical performances by Vök and Gyða, delicious food from Hákon Már Örvarsson, and with Andri Snær Magnuson – just to name a few activities during this action-packed weekend.
May 5-7 - Grand Opening of the Nordic Museum: We were delighted to help the Nordic Museum usher in a new era and open a fantastic and beautiful new location. We welcomed the Icelandic President Guðni Jóhannesson, contemplated the soothing tones of the Icelandic Men's Chorus and the operatic quartet of Voices of Reykjavik, and rocked out to Mammút. What a weekend!
April 21 - Sumardagurinn Fyrsti: Thanks to all the folks who braved the brisk April afternoon to celebrate Sumardagurinn Fyrsti (only a couple of days late)! Salmon was crisp and tasty, only one pönnukaka was stolen by a crow, and the proverbs were apropos.