The annual celebration of all things Iceland comes back to Chicago April 11 – 14 and part of its cultural offerings will make a stop at Logan Theatre (2646 N. Milwaukee Ave.) on April 13. The company organizing the Taste of Iceland, Iceland Naturally, is commemorating 20 years of showcasing Iceland’s culture to metro cities like Chicago, where the Taste has quite a footing in the music, film, dining and arts scene.
Logan Theatre will host the film portion of the festival, which is one day only and will present a short movie from Iceland’s premier short film festival Stockfish. The short film division of the Stockfish festival, aptly called
Having visited Iceland two years ago, the Taste of Iceland is a nostalgic, usually excellent gathering of cultural affairs from the country that so many people have visited recently, thus sharing its culture far and wide. It brings together a small Chicago crowd that have one thing in common, and I am happy to be part of that local community and relive my Icelandic memories every time the festival comes around. It always gives the feel that Iceland is right around the corner… like I never left. In case you are curious, you can read my experience of traveling to Iceland here and see what I enjoyed about it.
From free music shows to an exquisite take on Icelandic food, the festival opens up Iceland for anyone to reach in and feel for what they want to learn, in the process meeting new musicians, chefs, filmmakers, creative cocktails and reconnecting with old friends who hold a shared experience. Chicago’s strong connection to the country is exemplified by this festival and the businesses, artists and travelers that live here and support Iceland. Since its tourism is booming, chances are you’ve been there or know someone who has.
If you love Icelandic art or want to explore new territory, check out the free movie screening and a list of other free events that make up the Taste of Iceland!
Featured photo: The Secret Lagoon was one of my most cherished spots in Iceland. Photo: Ariel Parrella-Aureli