Greinasafni: Icelandic Times
Bruðuheimar Centre for Puppet Arts
Bruðuheimar has made its mark on the cultural landscape of Iceland and is renowned for its ability to combine storytelling and puppetry in a way that captivates and delights both children and adults alike. The centre, which was opened in 2010 by master puppeteer Bernd Ogrodnik and his wife Hildur Jónsdóttir, has proven to be a popular destination for both locals and tourists, and received over 20,000 visitors in its first year.  The Bruðuheimar Centre is a multi-functional facility comprising a theatre seating 75 people, a museum with interactive exhibits of all things puppetry, small conference facilities and a café that serves exceptionally well-received home-made dishes, all made from scratch. The Ocean Café opens onto a large deck that sits just a stone’s throw from the beach - an idyllic spot where you can enjoy a light meal from the menu. Many dishes served in the café are derived from Hildur’s own recipes - fresh vegetable soups and salads, home-made pizza, appetizing wraps and a variety of lovely cakes and deserts. “The ingredients used in our dishes are fresh, healthy and sourced locally as much as possible. Having been actively involved in bringing holistic food to Iceland for over 20 years, it was very natural for me to carry over my own approach to eating to our café menu. Many of the recipes used are my own creations and it has been exciting to be able to extend this to the public,” says Hildur.

Bruðuheimar also boasts an ‘adventure loft’ above the café where kids can play and dress up, as well as a reading corner where the book-worms can retreat for a quiet read. All told, Bruðuheimar may just be on its way to becoming one of the most sought-after child-friendly havens in Iceland. This summer’s piéce de resistance in Bruðuheimar’s collection of puppet theatre productions is the well known (in Iceland) folk tale Gillitrutt. The story involves a troll (Gillitrutt) and a farmer’s wife (Freya) and could very well be a social commentary describing the social, political, economic and ethical landscape of the Icelandic nation as it stands today. “This is my declaration of love to Iceland,” says Bernd, “and I believe that just as Freya learned from her mistakes, the government and bankers can learn their lessons as well.” There are many lessons to be learned from this little story, which despite its obvious relevancy, is nevertheless great entertainment for children of all ages.

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