A laurel and a hearty handshake from the curatorial committee!
Welcome to the big, big, big ninth year of núna(now), the Icelando-Manitoban cultural convergence. We are amazed and delighted to have been around this long, and next year, when we move into double digits, we will no doubt be flummoxed anew.
But there’s so much good stuff to come before then! This year we return to the format in which we started, so the bulk of our events will occur over a week, in classic festival style. And a week of wonders it will be!
We begin on April 17 at the Winnipeg Art Gallery with the world premiere screenings of not one but three beautiful new films. These artistic works include Heimþrá (In Thrall to Home), a bewitching crossover of grief, family history and misty Icelandic mysticism as documented by artist/filmmaker Erika MacPherson. Works by Jaimz Asmundson and Kaoru Ryan Klatt are also featured.
The next night, at Winnipeg’s fine new live music venue The Good Will, foundations will be shaken and tiles will clatter from the roof as the mighty Apparat Organ Quartet takes the stage. Picture yourself on a musical spaceflight with the Silver Apples, Tangerine Dream, Pink Floyd and Harry Bromley Davenport as your musical entertainment, crank the danceability factor up to eleven, and you’re getting close.
At the same location a few days later comes another night of music not to be missed. Icelandic DJ Flugvél Og Geimskip (Airplane & Spaceship) will provide scary, spacey beats; Julia Ryckman will perform soft Scooby Rock numbers as her alter-ego Slattern; and what if Skinny Puppy were reincarnated as a pair of Winnipeg fat cats? You’d get Ghost Twin, a duo of dream desperadoes bum-rushing Pachelbel through a tin can factory. It’s hard to believe this is all on one bill, but it is.
The greatest act of occult resuscitation since the heyday of T. G. Hamilton will occur in Winnipeg on April 24th, in Gimli on the 25th and in Arborg on the 26th. This is the Guttormur Guttormsson Salon Series, readings – raisings, really – of four long-buried short plays by the Bard of the Interlake. This is genuine Icelandic-Manitoban cultural history, compelling and weird, and you will not get a chance to see its like again soon.
And, in what may prove its highest-profile event ever, núna(now), in conjunction with the Winnipeg Art Gallery, has commissioned a sculptural work from Theresa Himmer, an artist whose spangled creations have enhanced the natural beautyscape of Reykjavík for years. Her creation, Waterfall, marks the fact that the WAG building was opened the very same year Winnipeg and Reykjavík became sister cities. Waterfall will be officially unveiled in its place at the northern tip of the WAG building on the afternoon of April 25.
All of this and more will keep you happy this April; and never fear, núna(now) will also help celebrate Iceland’s Independence Day on June 17th with an evening of stunning Icelandic Vaudeville.
It’s our pleasure and privilege to help bring all these events to you, our audience. We remain extremely grateful to you; to our patrons, whom you may thank with some patronage of your own should you choose; and to our advisors and friends. Volunteers who lend their services are our dear and cherished pals. There would be no way to put on this convergence without all of you, and no point either. We thank you!
Above all else, we hope you enjoy this truly unique series of events, and that the eternal mystery that is the shared Icelandic-Manitoba history becomes both clearer and more beautifully abstruse.
Takk fyrir, everybody!