Yoko Ono’s Imagine Peace Tower Illumination Ceremony

The illumination of the Imagine Peace Tower will be in a beautiful ceremony 9 October,  John Lennon‘s birthday, at 8 p.m. but John would have turned 75 years old this day. The programme starts at 5:30 p.m. and lasts until 9:30 p.m.

Ferry ride and City Bus

Yoko Ono invites everyone to sail free to Viðey Island for the ceremony of the illumination of the Imagine Peace Tower with the Viðey Island Ferry. 
5:15 p.m. – 7 p.m.: The City Bus rides from Hlemmur bus terminal to Skarfabakki pier every 20 minutes. The City Bus is free of charge from Hlemmur bus terminal to Skarfabakki pier and back again.
5:30 p.m. - 7:20 p.m.: The ferry rides from Skarfabakki pier to Viðey Island.
9 p.m. – completion of emptying the island: After the ceremony the ferry rides from Viðey Island to Skarfabakki pier until the island has been evacuated.
The City Bus will run to Hlemmur bus terminal from Skrafabakki pier until the last ferry ride has arrived.


The programme starts at Viðeyjarnaust near the Imagine Peace Tower. The ceremony‘s host is Felix Bergsson.
5:30 p.m.: Family Lab by Reykjavik Art Museum
6:00 p.m.: A guided tour about the history of Viðey
6:30 p.m.: Music performance by Ólöf Arnalds
7:45 p.m.: The Male choir of Reykjavik performs at the Imagine Peace Tower art piece
8:00 p.m.: The illumination of the Imagine Peace Tower
8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.: The music band Friends 4 ever performs at Viðeyjarnaust
Refreshments can be bought in sales tents outside of Viðeyjarnaust and Viðeyjarstofa. An art exhibition by Kyoko Ono, Yoko Ono´s daughter, will be opened at Viðeyjarstofa after the illumination.


The Imagine Peace Tower

The 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, the 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, 8 December. The art piece is a symbol for John and Yoko’s fight for peace. The Imagine Peace Tower takes has the shape of a wishing well where the words “Imagine Peace” is written in 24 languages all around the art piece, but the English words refer to the song “Imagine” by John Lennon. Yoko Ono invites all guest of the lighting of the Imagine Peace Tower to write their wishes on a note and hang it on one of four wish trees, which will be located at Viðeyjarstofa and Viðeyjarnaust at Viðey Island and at Reykjavik Art Museum, Hafnarhús, and Visit Reykjavik main office.

More than one million wishes for peace have been delivered from all over the world concerning the Imagine Peace project and the Imagine Peace Tower.