Monday the 23rd of June 2014 the summer solstice is celebrated in Denmark with an event called Sankt Hans Aften – or St. Johns Eve. It is the day where the medieval wise men and women would gather special herbs that they needed for the rest of the year to cure people. The Danes often meet at outdoor bonfire venues. Here the bonfire with the witch on top is lit around 10 pm. Beforehand, a bonfire speech is often made.
Here is a list of the events we would recommend around Sonderborg 2014. The tourist office has compiled a complete list. Please leave a comment if there is any you think we are missing.
Idrætshøjskolen – Swinging bonfire
There is a swing jazz band playing inside the school. Starts at 20 bonfire at 21.
By the Marina – Family event
It is from 19-21 and labelled as a Family Event. Rad more
Mølleparken – Local talents
Danish TV celebrity Bubber is the host. Local bands will play on stage. Music starts at 19 – main acts at 19.30 bonfire around 21.45. Read more
In front of Alsion – bonfire on the water
The symphony orchestra is playing a soldout midsummer concert inside. Afterwards entertainment should start outside Alsion. Bonfire on the water at 22.10 Read more
Universe – out of town
The theme park by Nordborg will stay open longer than usual. Reduced entrance cost from 16 onwards. Workshop for the first 100 kids. Bonfire speech at 20.45 – bonfire at 21. Park closes at 22. Read more
As we have writtenpreviously, tilting-at-the-ring (better known in Danish as Ringridning) is a popular sport in the south of Denmark. Nowadays, riders gallop towards a ring suspended on a rope and try to catch the ring on a lance they carry. However, this sport has a long tradition, and is to be expected, changes have occurred over the years.
During the summer, there are displays of historic tilting events at a track right by Sonderborg castle. During the weekly occurrence, one of the tilting families of the region (participation in this sport seems to be a family tradition) takes part in a re-enactment of such tournaments from days gone by on a small scale.
When I went to check it out I had expected to see a similar display to that seen at the modern tournaments, just in costume. However, I was surprised to finally make sense of statues of cocks standing in the middle of the course! In fact, rather than only grabbing rings from suspended ropes, the riders also attempt to grab rings that are suspended from the cocks’ mouths. Seeing the riders in action it was quite clear that this is no longer a practised tradition…the riders had infinitely more problems grabbing these rings than the more ‘normal’ ones!
Unfortunately these displays only occur in Danish school holidays (which end in the beginning of August in Denmark), so apologies for writing about it this late in the season. However, if you are visiting the area, now you have an excuse to come again next year!
We have previously written about the running race on the motorway but now the bike race has also been announced.
Sunday March 25th 2012 you have the chance to either cycle or walk on the motorway. There is a couple of different options.
For ‘the exercisers’ there is a cycle race with one or two loops on the motorway so either 48km or 96km. Price 100DKK
For families there is the option to cycle as far as you want. You cycle to a motorway exit of your choice and turn around. Price 50DKK
For walkers you can also walk as far as you want to an motorway exit of your choice and turn around. You will be walking in the emergency lane and dogs are not allowed. Price 40DKK Adult, Price 30DKK kids
Sønderborg Y’s Men Club will sell food and drinks in the start up area. For those who cycle it to the other end of the motorway by Kliplev there will be a tent with refreshments.
Signup is done by sending an email to email@example.com with names, addresses and age and you will get an email back with where to send the money.
It sounds like this is a first for Sønderborg. The sports college, IHS, is organising a tournament for b-boys and b-girls to battle it out over who has the coolest moves and grooves. We saw a couple of hiphop dance shows in London but I’ve never experienced a dancing battle so I’ll definitely check this one out.
There are two competitions, one for professionals with cash prizes and one for amateurs with sponsored goods as prizes. So if you feel hip you can join in and battle it out with other Sonderborgers. Participants who sign up before the day get free entrance 🙂
Apart from the competitions there will be a breakdance show by breakdancers from Ground Elements and parkour show from Team JiYo. Looking at these two groups videos alone it should be a fun night.
The leaves are turning red and brown, it’s getting cold and windy and the Danish schools are getting close to the Potato Holiday – autumn is here.
Monday October 17th the municipality in Sonderborg is celebrating the end of a project called Naturnet Als and the inauguration of a new set of walking guides (pamphlets and info boards) on nature paths on the island of Als.
After a speech by the vice-mayor a number of activities are provided by local organisations:
Crab catching from the bridge
Know your Danish trees
Bird spotting with the help of a guide at the bird tower
Learn about fish and animals from the lake from biologist and fishermen.
Presentation of the new folders.
Pancake making over fire
There is pumpkin soup and bread + a beer/soft drink for each visitor
A character called Chapper from a kids TV show will sing nature-rap-songs(?!)
UPDATE 12/10/2011: You are encouraged to take bike or bus to the event as parking will be an issue on the small roads. For parking opportunities (and a one way street introduced for this day to help traffic flow) see the map here.