Since the release of Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga the Icelandic town came under the spotlight of Eurovision lovers and fans. The movie was shot in Húsavík in 2019 and it had positive influence for the tourism of the town and now Húsavík will get even more famous as it will be the hometown of Eurovision Museum. Örlygur Hnefill Örlygsson is the director of the Exploration Museum in Húsavík and the founder of the Eurovision Museum he came up with the idea to open it in his hometown after the success which Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga had.
In February, Icelandic government had a meeting during which they decided to support the development of the Eurovision Museum in Húsavík. Museum in Húsavík is set to open this August, according to museum founder, Örlygur Hnefill Örlygsson.
In the days following the film’s release, me and the team behind the Exploration Museum have started to look at ways to use this incredible opportunity to revitalize the town and its tourism after the huge setback caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Örlygur Hnefill Örlygsson. the museum’s crowdfunding site
“The team has since then started collaborating with Iceland’s EBU member broadcaster RÚV as well as FÁSES, Iceland’s official Eurovision fan club in order to establish in Húsavík a temporary museum dedicated to the Eurovision Song Contest. We have also met with the ABBA Museum in Stockholm and, since July 2020, we are in contact with the European Broadcasters Union, which expressed its interest to assist the project becoming a reality.”
The museum will be showcasing the Eurovision history as well as the history of the Icelandic national selection for Eurovision, Söngvakeppnin. The song from Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, “Husavik” got nominations at The Critics Choice Awards, 93rd Academy Awards, Grammy Award and last December the soundtrack of the movie broke the record as it has been streamed more than 100 million times. Even though it didn’t win an Oscar, the performance of the song became the most-watched clip of the 2021 Oscar on Youtube.
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