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Reykjavík Imagine Peace Tower illuminated by Yoko Ono tonight

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  • The Imagine Peace Tower A beautiful work of art illuminating the night sky. Photo/Visit Reykjavík, Roman G.

You can join Yoko Ono at tonight's illumination ceremony for the Imagine Peace Tower. This is the eleventh time the Peace Tower, which is located on Viðey Island, off the north shore of Reykjavík, is illuminated. Best of all, participants will be ferried to the island for free.

Buses will take people from Hlemmur square to the ferry, which will sail for free between 18:00-20:20, and visitors to Viðey tonight can take advantage of free guided tours of the island. The illumination ceremony will take place at 9:00. This is a wonderful opportunity to visit one of Reykjavík's best hidden gems and one of the most beautiful landmarks, the Peace Tower.

The Peace Tower
Located on the Icelandic island of Videy, Imagine Peace Tower is an outdoor work of art conceived by Yoko Ono. It was dedicated to John Lennon by Yoko at its unveiling on October 9th 2007, John Lennon’s 67th birthday. Each year since then Yoko has travelled to Iceland to illuminate the vast tower of light – and it remains lit from 9th October until the day of Lennon’s death, December 8th.

Yoko Ono has visited Iceland each year to illuminate the tower. She explains that Iceland is a spiritual place:

"I always feel such a strong energy when I return there. Love, peace, understanding and the power of nature are easy to forget in today’s fast-paced modern life. In Iceland, particularly on Viðey, it becomes easier to remember how important these things are to us all and to the planet. John would have loved it.”

Free bus and free ferry rides

Yoko Ono invites everyone to sail free to Viðey Island for the ceremony of the illumination of the Imagine Peace Tower with the Viðey Island Ferry.

5:45 pm –  8:10 pm: The City Bus rides from Hlemmur bus terminal to Skarfabakki pier every 20 minutes. The City Bus is free of charge from Hlemmur bus terminal to Skarfabakki pier and back again.
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm: The ferry rides from Skarfabakki pier to Viðey Island.
9:45 pm – completion of emptying the island: After the ceremony the ferry rides from Viðey Island to Skarfabakki pier until the island has been evacuated.
The City Bus will run to Hlemmur bus terminal from Skarfabakki pier until the last ferry ride has arrived.

The programme starts at Viðeyjarnaust near the Imagine Peace Tower. The ceremony‘s host is Valur Freyr Einarsson.
6:30 pm: Guidance by Reykjavík Art Museum about the works of Richard Serra.
7:00 pm: A guided tour about the history of Viðey by Reykjavík City Museum.
7:30pm: Music performance by Sóley Stefnánsdóttir.
8:40 pm: Graduale Nobili choir of performs at the Imagine Peace Tower art piece. Yoko Ono speaks at the ceremony and the Mayor of Reykjavík, Dagur B. Eggertsson.
9:00 pm: The illumination of the Imagine Peace Tower
9:30 pm: The musician Svavar Knútur performs at Viðeyjarnaust.

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