Húsavík Town Launches Oscar Campaign

The town of Húsavík in Iceland has launched a campaign in support of the Oscar shortlisted song Husavik – My Home Town, performed by Will Ferrell and Molly Sandén in the Netflix film Eurovision Song Contest: The Story Of Fire Saga.

The town of Húsavík is home to 2,300 people for whom fishing was the main export until about 25 years ago. Now, more than a third of all jobs in Húsavík are in tourism and have been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic. However, the song Husavik from the Netflix film has lifted spirits and become a sort of an anthem for the town.

So, when Husavik was shortlisted for Best Original Song at the 93rd Academy Awards, the town sprung into action and launched its own Oscar campaign in the hope that it will help revitalise the town. Moreover, work is underway to build a museum dedicated to the Eurovision Song Contest, set to open in Summer 2021.

The Eurovision Museum will consist of three main exhibitions: the first will cover the history of the Icelandic qualifier contest Söngkeppnin, while the second is dedicated to Húsavík’s role in the story of Fire Saga, and the third will tell the continental story of the contest and its participant countries throughout the years.