On Friday, June 26, 2020, something extraordinary happened for my small town Húsavík, with Netflix releasing the film “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga” and sparking unprecedented interest in my hometown.
In the days following the film’s release, me and the team behind the Exploration Museum 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.
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 Eurovision Museum in Húsavík will consist of three main exhibitions. The first exhibit looks at the history of the Icelandic qualifier contest “Söngkeppnin”. The second part of the museum is dedicated to the Eurovision movie and Húsavík’s role in the story of “Fire Saga”. The third section will tell the continental story of the contest and its participant countries through the years.
You can help us get the project off the ground by visiting our crowdfunding page!
See you soon in Húsavík,
Örlygur Hnefill Örlygsson