Widow of Beatles member John Lennon Yoko Ono will be paying her annual visit to Iceland this October, to signal the illumination of Imagine Peace Tower in memory of her late great husband John Lennon on Monday 9th October, which marks his birthday. Located on the Icelandic island of Videy, just outside of the cruise ship central and main harbour area, Imagine Peace Tower is an outdoor work of art conceived by Yoko. It was dedicated to John 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, which then remains lit from 9th October until the day of Lennon’s death on December 8th. According to Yoko Ono: “Iceland is such 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.” The illumination is set at 9 pm.
The programme for the illumination ceremony in Viðey Island 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. Refreshments can be bought in Viðeyjarnaust and Viðeyjarstofa.
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. Between 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. Between 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm, The ferry rides from Skarfabakki pier to Viðey 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.