On the 2nd of September, 2016, Sölvi Fannar arrived in Kyrgyzstan, in the heart of Central Asia for the Second World Nomad Games. This year athletes from 62 countries came together in Cholpon-Ata to compete in 26 different sports.
Sölvi decided to compete himself in the Mas-Wrestling tournament. He was very impressed by the opening ceremony. “I have never seen an opening ceremony like the World Nomad Games. I couldn’t believe it,” he commented. “The skill of the horse riders, riding their horses literally on fire; it was incredible!”
Sölvi suggested using hashtags #GameofThrones or #TheRealGameofThrones to promote the World Nomad Games on social media, adding that “the Nomad Games are a big part of the world of Game of Thrones”.
“All I had known about Kyrgyzstan previously was bride kidnapping,” he continued. “I was fascinated that such traditions still exist somewhere, because Vikings in the ninth century had the same tradition too. People from Central Asia share the same nomadic spirit as Vikings. The world is much more connected than we think it is, and DNA testing is showing it. There is something special about Central Asia. I feel that the people I’ve met there so far are very welcoming, close to nature and strong but still very open.”
After attending II WNG, Sölvi Fannar visited Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan. He conducted several public lectures and a charity event for children with cancer about acting, cinema production and cinematography.
On September 6th, the Eurasian Creative Guild (London) in collaboration with Art Studio Muse (Bishkek) organized a Q&A session in Sierra Coffee, where Sölvi Fannar talked about his life philosophy, career experience and artistic path. Filmmakers, PR specialists, artists and students attended the meeting.
On September 8th, the Bishkek School of Public Relations together with Promo Tank Research Institute (Bishkek), Art Studio Muse (Bishkek) and the Eurasian Creative Guild (London) organized a charity event and invited Sölvi Fannar to talk about PR in cinema. With the common effort of those who attended the meeting, a total of 5100 som (approx.75 USD) was gathered to buy equipment – a linear accelerator (LINAC) – for children with cancer.
Sölvi Fannar Viðarsson is an Icelandic actor, musician, dancer, writer, poet, model, health professional, poet, multi-sport athlete and performance artist. Sölvi has been called a renaissance man in the mass media because of his numerous talents, the poet being dubbed
Iceland’s Bruce Lee. He is also the agent for actor and strongman Thor/Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson (The Mountain from Game of Thrones).