Celebrating the Impact of The Vikings.
The Follow The Vikings Roadshow is a Creative European Project that celebrates the cultural and historic impact of The Vikings. Craig Morrison, the creative director of the Roadshow, has commissioned several contemporary artists from all over Europe including actors, musicians dancers and film makers to create a visual celebration of Viking heritage.
Performed live at 12 important Viking locations, each show will be unique - some will be held in exterior locations, while others held in interior venues. All will use modern projection technology in a new and captivating way, producing a pan-European complement to already existing Viking markets and events.
Working with staff from each participating partner, each site will seek professional and amateur artists and performers, as well as members of the public, both young and old, to be involved in their local event.
These events will, therefore, be more than just a performance by a visiting troupe of artists. They will support the development of new or enhanced career skills for the professional artists and the partners’ staff. They will support the artists in international co-operation and open opportunities to internationalise their careers. This will also offer opportunities for members of the local communities to acquire new skills that can be used to further their careers in whatever artistic field they wish to pursue.
PLEASE BE ADVISED THE FOLLOW THE VIKINGS ROADSHOW IS SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN AGED 12 YEARS AND OVER
Roadshows Coming Soon
22nd september, 2018
The roadshow will be performed on the Saturday 22nd September 2018. There will be two performances at 14:00 and 16:00 and the event will be held in Harstad Kino.
The event is co hosted by Sor Troms Museum and Lofoten Viking Museum. The audience will be welcomed by the choir from Lofoten Viking Museum singing a new version of Rolandskvadet. The cast are drawn from Vikings from Norway, Sweden and Poland, who will, battle, dance and perform in English and Norwegian.
24th november, 2018
The roadshow will take place on Saturday 24th November 2018 with several performances throughout the day and evening.
The performance will take place in English at Mareel; the UK's most northerly music, cinema and creative industries centre, operated by Shetland Arts Development Agency. Sited right on the edge of the North Sea on the historic Hay’s Dock quayside in Lerwick beside the Shetland Museum and Archives, Mareel offers a stunning setting for performance, production, studying or just relaxing with a coffee enjoying the view and watching the seals and seabirds bobbing just outside the windows.
9th February, 2019
The event will be held in the hall 'Portið' at the Art Museum in Reykjavik on Saturday 9th February 2019. There will be a number of performances throughout the day and evening
The roadshow will be introduced as one of the highlights of the Reykjavik Winter Lights Festival. The performance will include Vikings from the Viking group Rimmugýgur, who will perform in English and Icelandic, along with a group of teenaged dancers.
2nd march, 2019
York’s grand finale performance will take place on Saturday 2nd March 2019 at 17.00, 19.00 and 20.30 in the centre of York, which was the capital of northern Viking Britain.
This final event for the Follow the Vikings project will take place at the end of the JORVIK Viking Festival 2019. York will also host the final seminar for the project on Thursday 28th February which will include a special VIP evening where the work of many of the creative performers involved in the project will be showcased. Following the roadshow there will be a VIP reception for Destination Viking Association Partners and key representatives from across Europe.
Ticket prices are: £5 adult / £3 concession
14th - 18th August 2017
Set within a purpose built reconstructed fort in Warsaw, the event took place inside the Long House and was delivered in Polish with a full cast of Polish actors, dome from the Jomsborg fort itself. The Jomsborg Reenactors also featured as warriors, showing accurate methods of combat.
21st - 25th August 2017
Delivered in English and Norwegian, the Avaldsnes event was staged within a large wooden barn at the entrance to the Nordvegen History Centre.
9th - 13th October 2017
The Follow the Viking event in Denmark took place on the 13th of October on Culture Night in Denmark, one of Copenhagen's most well-attended cultural events. When the schools begin their autumn holiday the association Kulturnatten creates a festive evening, where the entire cultural life of the city works together to create joy and inspiration for all of us.
31st March. 2018
Taking place in Dublin, Ireland, during Easter 2018, the roadshow was part of a wider festival being hosted by Dublinia called Vikingfest which celebrates the cultural and historic impact of the Vikings.
Living history demonstrations, weapon displays, coin minting workshops, as well as Viking ships moored and on display in the River Liffey at Wood Quay. The Roadshow took place at the historic amphitheatre at Wood Quay, in the heart of what was Viking Dublin.
2nd April, 2018
Waterford Treasures was the host for Ireland’s first International Viking Festival taking place in Waterford City, Ireland’s Oldest City. Taking place across across the Easter weekend, the 30th of March to the 2nd of April, the Festival culminated in a spectacularly fierce Viking Roadshow on Easter Monday in the The Apple Market.
2nd - 3rd August 2018
Held as part of the annual Catoria Viking festival, the Follow the Vikings event was held in the evenings of Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd August 2018, at Torres de Oeste.
The performance took place at the Torres de Oeste fortress, which was built a thousand years ago to repel Viking attacks. Participants experienced one of the key locations of the Viking presence in the Iberian Peninsula within an incomparable setting, by the River Ulla.
The roadshow was performed in Galician for the local audience by a cast from the Viking world of Norway, Sweden and Poland; supported by local cast and dancers, with a ten minute performance by Troula Animación drummers together with Úrsula Theatre.
31st August, 2018
Vikingagården Gunnes Gård, Sweden
The Follow the Vikings Roadshow took place on Friday 31st August 2018 following the Gunnes Gård Annual Viking Market.
The event was held outside in the park next to Vikingagården surrounded by reconstructed Viking Age houses, burial mounds and forest. The finale included drummers, dancers and storytelling along with live music performed by local youth groups. The performance was performed in English and Swedish
List of Artists
Craig Morrison. UK
Mieko Shimizu. Japan
Peter Morris. UK
Audio for Rise to Valhalla
Specialist Ancient Viking Musicians:
Gun Bjurberg. Sweden
Per Runberg. Sweden
Corwen Broch. UK
Kate Fletcher. UK
Specialist Traditional Craftsmen
Tablet Weaver: Anna Madejska. Poland
Jonathan Atteridge. UK
Hartung and Trenz. Germany
Ant Dickinson. Spain
Cecilia Westerberg. Denmark
BJarni Svanur Friosteinsson. Iceland
J.J. Jamieson. Shetland
Palle Malmros. Sweden
Pilot Theatre. UK
Bjorn Jakobsen. Sweden
Ann Kathrin Granhus. Norway
Damian Dibben. UK
Craig Morrison. UK
Please see each location for particulars
Please see each location for particulars