Tórshavn’s Culture Night 2018 (Mentanarnáttin), an evening with numerous free of charge cultural events for all, will take place on 1 June, reports Kvf.fo.
The event, which has been held annually since 2001, has grown in popularity over the years and is referred to by some as ”Lítla Ólavsøka” (The mini national holidays) as the streets of Tórshavn are normally packed with people – Faroe Islanders as well as guests from abroad – during the event.
Tórshavn’s Culture Night has grown from a relatively small scale cultural event to the significant national cultural event it now is, with hundreds, or perhaps thousands of people visiting museums, galleries and exhibition spaces across the Faroese capital – as well as various festive concerts, which are also part of the program.
What is more, shops will be open until late, ”so you can add a spot of retail therapy to your night of culture”, to quote Visit Tórshavn.
Visit Tórshavn has the following to say about the event:
”It’s a chance for everyone, visitors and residents alike, to really see how the town ticks. Businesses and offices open their doors for a glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes; the hospital might invite people inside to discover more about what it does; even the courthouse could be open to the public for a rare insight into the hallowed world of the law. With events changing from year to year, you never know what exciting adventures might be offer! And, of course, Tórshavn’s museums, galleries and exhibition spaces also host bespoke presentations to mark Culture Night. Know what? Perhaps the best thing of all? It’s free!
Culture Night is definitely one of the best times to visit Tórshavn. The whole town takes to the streets and there’s a veritable buzz in the air as people wend their way from one event to another. This is a real family occasion – children and adults of all ages enjoying the vibrant atmosphere in town – and, naturally, there’s music everywhere – on the streets and in the churches and there are often special concerts, too.
What’s more, the shops are open as well until midnight so you can add a spot of retail therapy to your night of culture – what could be better! Naturally, restaurants and cafés are open, too, offering the chance to put your feet up as you wander around town or, perhaps, pause for a bite to eat. Just be sure to book a table in advance as it’s the night everyone’s in town!
Why not end the night with a boat trip from the harbour? In June in the Faroes, it’s light until late into the evening and the chance to see Tórshavn twinkling in the magical evening light of high summer is a special treat. Either take to the water onboard one of the venerable old wooden boats preserved from generations past or skim the waves in a high speed RIB inflatable – the choice is yours, but it’s a chance you shouldn’t miss!”
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