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Bjork in free concert to save Icelandic landscape

 Bjork in free concert to save Icelandic landscape
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Pop singer Björk has performed at a free open air concert in her native Iceland organised in protest at plans to develop heavy industry on the island.

An estimated 30,000 people attended the event – around a tenth of the country’s population.

The aim was to voice objection to plans by US company Alcoa to build aluminium smelting facilities in the north of the country.

“Of course it would be great if the smelting works didn’t happen,” she said. “But I think the most important thing is that everyone rises up and feels they have a say in the matter and that it’s not just a few politicians making all the decisions. People should have a say in the decision-making process, so it’s sort of like an awakening.”

The concert, which featured other Icelandic acts such as rock group Sigur Ros, also aimed at celebrating the country’s natural environment.

Its volcanic landscape makes it the world’s top producer of geothermal energy. The planned smelting plant would use power generated by such resources to produce a quarter of a million tons of aluminium per year – the price of which has soared on world markets.