Moesgård Viking Moot

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Viking Age reenactment
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Moesgård Vikingetræf
StatusActive
GenreHistorical reenactment
Date(s)Last week of July
FrequencyAnnually
VenueMoesgård Museum
Location(s)Aarhus
CountryDenmark
Years active1977 - present
Previous event2019
Next event2022
Participants1,400 (2015)
Attendance24,400 (2015)
AreaMoesgård Beach

Moesgård Viking Moot is an annual historical reenactment event in Aarhus, Denmark with a week-long viking market and mock battles.[1] It is the largest Viking Age reenactment event in Denmark and is held on and near the beaches at Moesgård Museum. There are no permanent structures in the area so a temporary tent camp with markets, blacksmiths and kitchens is erected, modelled after the Great Heathen Army.[2] On the last two days of the event, tiding tournaments, single combat contests and mock battles are performed, featuring up to a 1000 participants and an Icelandic horse cavalry.[3][4]

The event was held for the first time in 1977. The reenactment was founded by Moesgård Museum which had previously held a weekend of lectures and crafts for children. In 1977 it was expanded to a week long event, with a market for jewellery, clothing and weapons. The market has since grown and is now the largest of its kind in Scandinavia.[5]

2015 event[edit]

In 2015 the event attracted 1400 participants from a dozen countries and 23,000 visitors and spectators.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kirstine Lefevre Sckerl. "Krigerrekord på Moesgård". Aarhus Stiftstidende. Retrieved August 10, 2015.
  2. ^ Vikingmagasin. "Moesgård Vikingetræf". Vikingmagasin. Retrieved August 10, 2015.
  3. ^ Moesgård Museum. "Program for vikingetræffet". Moesgård Museum website. Archived from the original on January 28, 2016. Retrieved August 10, 2015.
  4. ^ Mathias Svold Maagaard. "Se billeder af det store Vikingetræf". Lokalavisen. Retrieved August 10, 2015.
  5. ^ Moesgård Museum. "Vikingemarked siden 1977". Moesgård Museum website. Archived from the original on October 2, 2015. Retrieved August 10, 2015.
  6. ^ Kim Pauli. "Tilskuerrekord til Vikingetræf". Jyllandsposten. Retrieved August 10, 2015.

Literature[edit]

Konzack, Lars (2017). Viking re-enactment. In: Roued-Cunliffe & Copeland (ed.) Participatory Heritage. London, UK: Facet Publishing, pp. 37-46.

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