FOLLOW THE VIKINGS PROJECT OVERVIEW
This project brings together a network of partners from across the Viking world to broaden and develop the audience to Viking heritage and its sites across Europe and to explore audience development through the use of new technologies.
The aim is to bring together a group of artists and actors to exhibit in Europe to present the Viking story through theatre, art and literature and work with local artists to develop their skills in this field.
Developing as a catalyst for creativity today The Follow the Vikings project is a multi-faceted project to promote, celebrate, transfer knowledge and skills and facilitate the exchange of tangible and intangible cultural material relating to the Viking World. It presents a tremendous opportunity to add value to and build on the Council of Europe’s Viking Cultural Route
The objective of the Follow the Vikings project is to make the trans-national Viking Heritage accessible and understandable to a world-wide audience. This will contribute to maintaining and developing Europe as the No. 1 Global Heritage Tourism Destination. It will boost local economies and local employment and through the networking activities, will help knowledge transfer and quality improvement at heritage sites throughout Europe.
The project will create a large and lasting network among cultural artists involved in the preservation, presentation and marketing of Viking heritage throughout Europe and further afield. The project will take advantage of the network already established by the Destination Viking Association and support the extension of this. The project will also support an intensified exchange of knowledge and experience between the artists, as well as supporting the creation of joint trans-national presentations and products on Viking legacy.
The project has 15 full partners and 10 Associate Partners who are all members of the DVA. The partnership is detailed below:
Shetland Amenity Trust
Iceland Saga Trail Association
City of Upplands Väsby
Southwest Zealands Museum
Ab Bengtskär Oy
Sør Troms Museum
York Archaeological Trust
Lofotr Viking Museum
Concello de Catoira
Vikingveien in Vestfold
National Museum of Denmark
Destination Viking Association
Manx National Heritage
Agency of Historical Projects “Ratobortsy”
Axencia Turismo de Galicia
L’Association les Vikings an 911
Jomsborg Vikings Hird
Rogaland County Council
L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site of Canada
Trelleborgen History Museum
Orkney Islands Council
The Vikings Are Coming
The roadshow tour will include 12 festivals (on average 4 per year) plus an additional roadshow bringing the artists and performances to the heart of the EU. Up to 8 artists from various backgrounds will be engaged seasonally to help deliver the production. They will work with both staff from each participating partner and local artists, performers and volunteers.
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 enhance 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.
The roadshows will be held during the summer season and will follow-on consecutively from each other. The aim is to tie these, where possible, to existing events or festivals as follows.
*Dates of exhibition to be confirmed.
2016 – Avaldsnes, Norway
Gunnes gård, Sweden
2017 – Ireland (actual destination to be agreed)
2018 – Galicia/Catoira/Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Lofotr & Harstad, Norway
Iceland (actual destination to be agreed)
2019 – Crossroads of Europe/Brussels Event