This year’s Vestegnens Kulturuge was a mere shadow of its former self. The theme of Kæmperne kalder supposedy celebrated its finest hour, the six giant sculptures erected in 2016, but with barely a handful of events, nothing on local history and no opportunity for our traditional road trip.
A cross-kommune event did however take place on Friday 13th with the opening of the world’s longest Viking bridge, which we duly visited on Sunday.
Vikingebro (FB) is the outcome of a three year project between Albertslund’s Vikingelandsby and Hoje-Taastrup’s Kroppedal Museum to build a reconstruction of a Viking bridge in Store Vejleådalen, where the stream-cum-river crosses the Porsemose wetland.
Consisting of a 100m bridge and 700m path, it’s quite an impressive construction, making a pleasant stroll between the two attractions. Surprisingly, both were closed, and the only sign of Friday’s activities were a couple of abandoned portaloos. Kroppedal does however have a Viking exhibition on offer, and the project website (story) boasts an app with Google map showing Viking sites in the area and a film.
Far from a tabula rasa wating to be relandscaped and populated after WW2, in the ninth century AD this area was an important Viking settlement, with easy access to water and the sea in the shape of the Køge Bugt. This forgotten heritage is in the process of being rediscovered, with a Startling discovery made during Copenhagen light rail dig and the excavation of Vikingborgen, a ring fortress near Lellinge. So far a rather different approach is being taken to that of conventional outdoor attractions, with their focus on dressing up and family-oriented hygge.
Despite being surrounded by motorways and encroaching development, the old villages nearby retain a rural feel, and the now 50 year old Vestskoven is beginning to feel established. It’s all a world away from new town Albertslund and the well-rehearsed prejudices usually cast at Vestegnen.
Golden Days suffered from the main events around its theme, 1989, taking place elsewhere. The opening days saw a section of the Berlin Wall arriving at BLOX (more), later to go ‘on tour’ before coming to rest in Koldkrigsmuseum Langelandsfort, and a congress at KU on Europe 1989-2019 (event) opened by Lech Walesa. Most events had a less direct connection, commemorating the 1980s as a decade rather than 1989 as an event.
The usual magazine, with five essays, and a concept-driven book (Issuu | review) were also on offer. It all felt rather re-heated, not least with the British Museum’s 2014 Germany exhibition arriving at the National Museum in November.
- The Cold War:
- a lecture and community singing in a bunker in Roskilde (event)
- Bernstorff Slot during the Cold War (the palace was HQ for Civilforsvarsstyrelsens 6. kontor, then called Korpskommando, from 1939 til 2008, and has a bunker dating from 1953, now a rehearsal room for young musicians)
- a concert in the Stevnsfort bunker (event)
- a visit to the bunker under Urbanplanen