All the city lights of Reykjavik will be turned off the 28th of September 2006 from 10:00 – 10:30 PM. A renowned astronomer will talk about the stars on national broadcast radio, everyone is invited.Lights off – Stars on is a grand scale happening that marks the opening of the Reykjavik International Film Festival. The City Council of Reykjavik and its neighboring municipalities have agreed to turn off all the city lights in the capital area for half an hour while a renowned astronomer talks about the stars and the constellations on national radio.
This is an idea by Andri Snær Magnason, an Icelandic writer of poetry, children’s books, plays and novels. Þorsteinn Sæmundsson PhD astronomer will talk about the stars.
What a romantic idea! I do hope it’d gently nudge people out of their routines and houses to lay out their deck chairs, pour some wine, and have a chilling good time while admiring the sky – something that perhaps have been overlooked or ignored in the hustle of daily lives – while listening to the astronomer (hopefully with a baritone, magnetic voice) talk about the constellations. It’d perhaps inject some sensitivity, perspective and gratitude to wind down and appreciate our nature and ourselves.