Iceland Naturally invites Bostonians to celebrate Icelandic culture with the return of Taste of Iceland March 16-20! The annual, five-day festival highlights the best of Icelandic culture, showcasing the Nordic nation’s cuisine, music, art, film and literature. RSVP to this jam-packed weekend here, and don’t forget to share your experience with us on Instagram and Twitter by tagging @IcelandNatural with #TasteofIceland. Plus — win an Icelandic Prize Pack by collecting pins at each Taste of Iceland in Boston event, then tweeting a picture of all your buttons to @IcelandNatural with the hashtag #TOIBostonChallenge by March 21. The more events you attend, the greater your chances of winning!
— FOOD: ICELANDIC MENU AT THE MERCHANT | Mar. 17-20
Icelandic chef Siggi Helga from Grillið restaurant will fly to Boston to create a delicious Icelandic dinner menu at The Merchant. Brennivin‘s 2015 cocktail champion, Kári Sigurðsson, will also make the flight from Iceland to join the Merchant’s Bryan Ames in concocting unique cocktails featuring Iceland’s favorite vodka, Reyka Vodka, and aquavit, Brennivin, to pair perfectly with your dinner.
WHEN: March 17-20 | 4 — 11 pm
WHERE: The Merchant | 60 Franklin St | Boston, MA | 02110
RESERVATIONS: (617) 482-6060 | themerchantboston.com/#reservation
— MUSIC: REYKJAVIK CALLING AT THE MIDDLE EAST | Mar. 18
Boston is proud to host the Reykjavik Calling concert in collaboration with WERS on March 18 at The Middle East in Cambridge. This Icelandic-American concert will feature Icelandic artists Fufanu, whose new album Sports just dropped on Feb. 3, and Mammut, who won best album of the year and best song of the year at the 2014 Icelandic Music Awards. The Dirty Dotty’s, Boston's favorite pop-motown band will share the stage with Mammut and Fufanu. Admission to the free concert is granted on a first-come, first-served basis, so come early! (Must be 18+ to enter.) Not going to be in Boston on March 18? No worries, you can watch the concert from the comfort of your own home! Iceland Naturally will live stream the Reykjavik Calling concert over our Facebook, Iceland Naturally.
WHEN: Saturday, March 18 | doors: 8:00pm | show: 9:00 pm
WHERE: The Middle East Downstairs | 72-480 Massachusetts Ave | Cambridge, MA | 02139
— ART: VISUAL ARTS DISCUSSION at SoWa | Mar. 19
Join Björg Stefánsdóttir, director of the Icelandic Art Center, for a discussion on Icelandic visual arts. Stefánsdóttir will offer insight into how Iceland (with a population of 340,000) is able to sustain a thriving contemporary art scene. Hear how Icelandic art has spread across the world, through the artist-driven community and The Icelandic Art Center. Check back here for more information on this year’s Taste of Iceland art event!
WHEN: Friday, March 19 | 5:30pm
WHERE: The Kingston Gallery at SoWa | 450 Harrison Ave. #43, Boston, MA 02118
HOST: Björg Stefánsdóttir
— LITERATURE: THE WRITE STUFF AT WBUR | Mar. 16
Celebrate Iceland's rich storytelling tradition with a discussion led by Iceland’s First Lady Eliza Reid. In addition to being first lady, Reid is also a Reykjavik-based writer and editor who co-founded the Iceland Writers Retreat. Iceland is one of the most popular destinations for creative minds, and Reid will focus her talk on what makes Iceland so inspirational for lovers of the written word. You must RSVP to reserve a space at this event.
WHEN: Thursday, March 16 | 5:30 — 7:00pm
WHERE: WBUR | 890 Commonwealth Avenue | Boston, MA | 02215
HOST: Iceland’s First Lady, Eliza Reid
— FILM: ICELANDIC SHORT FILMS AT THE BRATTLE THEATER | Mar. 19
The Icelandic film industry’s premier festival, Stockfish, is screening its short film program on March 19 at the Brattle Theater in Harvard Square. The short film division of the Stockfish festival, aptly dubbed Shortfish, focuses on highlighting up-and-coming Icelandic filmmakers. The Shortfish screening at the Brattle Theater will include six short films, including Shortfish 2016 winner Like it’s up to you from director Brynhildur Þórarinsdóttir. Admission to the screening is free and will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis.
WHEN: Sunday, March 19 | 12:00 — 2:00 pm
WHERE: The Brattle Theater | 40 Brattle St | Cambridge, MA | 02138