Icelandic Pop-Up Embassy in Amsterdam!
H.E. Kristján Andri Stefánsson, Ambassador of Iceland to the Netherlands, will on the 6th of June 2023 open a Pop-up Embassy in the heart of Amsterdam. This outreach initiative builds on the already strong connections between our two countries and aims to exhibit some of the best of Icelandic culture and contemporary art while exploring the possibilities of future cooperation. The Pop-up Embassy will be located at Cloud Gallery Prinsengracht 276, in the middle of the UNESCO World Heritage area of Amsterdam, the Grachtengordel, and will be open until and including the 11th of June 2023. The Pop-up Embassy is open to the public and free of charge, and anyone can visit and experience for themselves the unique and vibrant culture of Iceland.
As a part of the Pop-Up Embassy we will put on an exhibition of contemporary Icelandic art, titled Outside looking in, inside looking out, featuring works by some of Iceland‘s most exiting artists such as Hildigunnur Birgisdóttir, who will represent Iceland at the Venice Biennale in 2024. You can read more about that here.
Dutch and Icelandic actors will show excerpts from two plays by Tyrfingur Tyrfingsson, Kartöfluæturnar and Helgi Þór rofnar on Friday the 9th of June at the Pop-up Embassy, first at 16h and again at 18h, open to all while there is space. Tyrfingur himself, along with the actors, will then be available for a Q&A with the audience. You can read more about Tyrfingur and his plays here.
Icelandic music has inspired many and we hope to inspire you with the concert of up-and-coming Icelandic jazz guitarist Mikael Mani and the talented singer Anna Soley, will perform at the Pop-up Embassy on Saturday afternoon the 10th of June at 15h, open to all while there is space. You can find their Spotify profiles here and here.
Utilizing geothermal energy
With abundant renewable hydropower and geothermal resources harnessed in the 20th century, Iceland is entirely self-sufficient when it comes to electricity and house heating. In fact, 85% of the energy mix in Iceland comes from renewable sources. It’s a unique situation worldwide, allowing the energy transition to focus on transport, fishing vessels and aviation. To promote the cooperation and exchange of knowledge in the geothermal sectors of our two countries we will, alongside Green by Iceland, set up a panel discussion on the development of geothermal energy, regulatory issues, societal concerns, and national and local government policies and incentives. Participants include:
- Ms. Rósbjörg Jónsdóttir, the managing director of the Iceland Renewable Energy Cluster,
- Mr. Hans Bolscher the Secretary General of Geothermie Nederland,
- Mr. Sigurður Atli Jónsson the CEO of Arctic Green Energy, and
- Mr. Antoine Lochet, a Counsel at BBA//Fjeldco.
If you are interested in attending, please register at [email protected].
For further information, please read more about the event here.
Business opportunities in Iceland
Dutch companies interested in exploring opportunities in Iceland can make appointments with our trade attaché. To do so, please contact [email protected].
The Embassy of Iceland to the Netherlands would like to thank Business Iceland, the Icelandic Art Centre, Cloud Gallery, the City of Amsterdam, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, Geothermie NL, Renewable Energy Cluster, Arctic Green Energy, BBA Legal, Icelandair, Play, Ísey Skyr, Icelandic Glacial, Einstök, and everyone else who helped in making this Pop-up Embassy a reality.
We will offer Icelandic citizens living in the Netherlands the chance to apply for passports on location in Amsterdam. This will be possible on the 8th (11h-17h) and 9th (9h-16h) of June. Please make bookings at [email protected].
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