State Fairgrounds, Raleigh NC - 10am - 5pm, Saturday Dec. 7th, 2019

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The 2019 Scandinavian Christmas Fair will be from 10am-5pm Saturday December 7th, 2019 at Holshouser Building, NC State Fairgrounds. Click here for directions

2019 Main Stage Entertainment
10:00 Doors open
10:30 The Triangle Spelmanslag performs traditional and contemporary folk music from the Nordic countries
11:30 Welcome: National Anthems with Vasa Drängar & presentation of the National Flags. Guest speaker: Magnus Natt och Dag, Honorary Consul of Sweden
12:15 ScanDans performs traditional folk dances from the Nordic countries
12:45 The Vasa Drängar Swedish Men’s Choir of Atlanta sings traditional Scandinavian and seasonal songs
1:30 Announcement of Silent Auction Winners
1:40 Folk Costume Show featuring the national costumes of Scandinavia
2:00

Gangspil - Two of Denmark’s leading folk musicians take us on a tour of the music traditions of their home country! Joining them this year is the great Norwegian guitarist Vidar Skrede!

3:30

ScanDans performs traditional folk dances from the Nordic countries

4:00 Traditional Lucia Procession
4:30 Raffle Drawing and Announcement of Silent Auction Winners
4:40 Dancing around the Christmas tree followed by “Julgrans Plundring” (Looting the Christmas tree!)
5:00 The 2019 Scandinavian Christmas Fair closes
For the Kids!

Santa's Workshop, where childern can make Christmas crafts and write letters to Santa

Julgransplundring of the Christmas Tree

Ring dances around the Christmas tree
Lucia procession

Ongoing activities
Authentic food and beverages for sale

 

Performers

Gangspil GANGSPIL
Sonnich Lydom & Kristian Bugge with Vidar Skrede
Two of Denmark’s leading folk musicians will take you on a tour of the music traditions of their home country! Joining them this year is the great Norwegian guitarist Vidar Skrede!

Sonnich (accordion, harmonica, vocal) is a master of Irish, French-Canadian, and especially Danish traditional tunes. For the past 25 years he’s been leading the revival of diatonic accordion and harmonica in Danish folk music. Sonnich holds a special place in his heart for the music of the Western Island of Fanø, where his family is deeply rooted. He is best known for his work with the ULC trio and later quintet. ULC received the Danish Music Award in the category "Folk Album of the year" in 2001 and 2004.

Kristian (fiddle, vocal) specializes in the strong traditions of Danish folk music. He is very active on the Danish and Scandinavian folk music scene as well as in the rest of Europe and North America, both as a musician and teacher. At the Danish Folk Music Awards in 2012 and 2016 Kristian received the Danish Folk Artist of the Year award. More info at www.kristianbugge.com

Vidar Skrede (guitar) is from Haugesund, Norway. Vidar is a leading musician on the Nordic folk music scene and also a popular tune writer. He works and performs as a Nordic folk musician on guitar, Hardanger fiddle, flat fiddle and Greek bouzouki. He has a background in the traditional music from Rogaland in southwestern Norway and has a master degree in Nordic folk music from the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm. More info at www.vidarskrede.com

The Triangle Spelmanslag
Spelmans LagetThe Triangle Spelmanslag (Scandinavian folk band) studies and performs traditional folk music from the Nordic countries. Located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, these musicians use instruments such as fiddle, tramporgel (pump organ), nyckelharpa, hardingfele and accordion. For more information, contact Katherine Polk (919) 967-4967.

 

 


ScanDans

ScanDansScanDans presents the folk dances of Sweden Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland! The mission of the ScanDans organization is to showcase the rich cultural heritage of the Nordic countries through the presentation of traditional dance and authentic national folk costumes. Drawing from a performance repertoire of over 100 dances, the ScanDansers have educated and entertained diverse audiences at many local, regional and national events. For more information, visit www.scandans.com.


 

Vasa Drangar 2015Vasa Drängar
Vasa Drängar, a men’s choir from Atlanta, GA, was founded in 1996. This year marks their 11th year of performing at the Scandinavian Christmas Fair! They present and promote Swedish culture in Georgia and throughout the southeastern United States. They cover a wide range of musical compositions and genres and sing not only in Swedish but also in English and other languages. facebook.com/vasadrangar/

 

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