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Yoko Ono's IMAGINE PEACE TOWER on Viðey Island will be illuminated in a beautiful ceremony for the 17th time on October 9th at 8 pm in memory of John Lennon. October 9th is John Lennon's birthday and the IMAGINE PEACE TOWER will be lit until December 8th, the anniversary of his death.
The Reykjavík City Museum, Reykjavík Art Museum and others will offer a program on Viðey before the ceremony which starts at 5:45 pm and lasts until 9:30 pm.
Ferry ride and City Bus
Yoko Ono offers all guests a free ferry ride to Viðey Island. Keep in mind that due to high demand in the last few years, only up to 5 passengers can be booked on the same ticket.
Buses will drive from Hlemmur bus terminal to the Skarfabakki pier every 30 minutes. The first bus will depart from Hlemmur at 17.30 and will run until 19:00. Passengers pay a general admission fee.
Refreshments can be bought in Viðeyjarnaust and Viðeyjarstofa.
Various events hosted by the Reykjavík City Museum, and Reykjavík Art Museum among others start at 5:45 pm and last until 9:00 pm.
5:45 pm: Walking tour with the Reykjavík Art Museum of the works of Richard Serra and Yoko Ono.
6:00 pm: History walk with the Reykjavík City Museum.
6:45 pm: Walking tour with the Reykjavík Art Museum of the works of Richard Serra and Yoko Ono.
7:00 pm: History walk with the Reykjavík City Museum.
Program at the IMAGINE PEACE TOWER:
7:40 pm: Singer Emilíana Torrini as well as artists Pétur Ben, Helgi Jónsson, Markéta Irglová and Tina Dickow will perform at the Imagine Peace Tower.
7:55 pm: Speech by Ms Amina J. Mohammed the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations
7:58 pm: Speech by the Mayor of Reykjavík, Dagur B. Eggertsson.
8:00 pm: IMAGINE PEACE TOWER is lit under the song Imagine by John Lennon and Yoko Ono.
After the ceremony the ferry sails from Viðey Island to Skarfabakki Pier starting at 8:30 pm, or until the island has been evacuated. The City Bus will run from Skarfabakki pier to Hlemmur bus terminal from 8:40 pm until the last ferry arrives.
IMAGINE PEACE TOWER is an outdoor work of art conceived by Yoko Ono, located at Viðey Island, honouring the memory of her late husband, John Lennon. Each year, on his birthday, IMAGINE PEACE TOWER is re-lit in a ceremony and beams with a stream of lights high into the sky until it is turned off on the day he died, December 8th. The art piece is a symbol of John and Yoko’s fight for peace. IMAGINE PEACE TOWER has the shape of a wishing well where the words “Imagine Peace” are written in 24 languages all around the art piece, and refer to the song “Imagine” by John Lennon, co-written by Yoko Ono.