Inspiration from the vikings

by hanne on 03/08/2007

in Community + Creativity

Every summer 600 “vikings” from Denmark and abroad gather at the annual Moesgård Viking Moot Festival,

Scandinavia’s largest and probably oldest Viking market.It all started with some viking-style crafts courses in the 1970′ies and year by year the craftsmen attracted more and more attention and more and more people made a picnic out it and came from Århus to watch. The idea has developed to an event that has 25,000 visitors during the weekend. The date is always kept close to the Saint Olai Day at 29th of July known as the traditional marketday in the old Århus (Aros). As Moesgård is less than 8 km. away from where I live it´s an obvious opportunity to go and see what’s up. A unique source of inspiration within reach: A colourful and festive market just like it was more than 1000 years ago where you can meet and watch craftsmen, traders, warriors and riders of Icelandic horses acting out the life of the Vikings.

To most of the visitors the crowning moment is when the warriors engage in fierce fighting and when the riders show off their horse-riding skills, what they do twice a day – Saturday and Sunday – at 12 and 3 pm.

To me the highlight is the opportunity to enjoy all the varying crafts, especially the design of clothes and jewellery, and tools.

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1 Helene August 3, 2007 at 4:17 pm

Yeah!! Viking crafts is the best kind ;-) but the fighting is kind of fun too…

2 Dawn August 3, 2007 at 6:30 pm

Wow, such fun!! I am so jealous and would love to go to the festival.

3 Mike Cichon August 9, 2007 at 4:48 am

For those of us who can’t get to Scandinavia on a regular basis, a similar event takes place in Gimli, Manitoba each year on the August long weekend. The Islendingadagurrin has been going strong for 118 years now, and for the past four years has featured a living history Viking encampment complete with merchants, artisans, villagers and warriors. Check out: http://www.icelandicfestival.com

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