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Scandinavian Festival 2013

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by Geraldine Massey (subscribe)
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Vikings, LEGO & Danish pastries - Scandinavia in Brisbane
Have you ever dreamed of life on the high seas as a Viking? Do you love the creativity of LEGO? Does the mere thought of Danish pastries make you salivate? Are you a fan of minimalist and stylish furniture design? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then there's a festival just for you. You can dress like a Viking, roam the myriad of stalls and become an honorary Scandinavian for a day, along with more than 5,000 other happy revellers at this year's Scandinavian Festival.

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Image from Scandinavian Festival website

Last year the clubs of Denmark, Sweden and Norway got together to celebrate the 140th anniversary of the Danish Club in Brisbane. Well, everyone had so much fun that they couldn't pass up the opportunity to do it all again in 2013. The Scandinavian Festival has expanded this year to celebrate the food, culture, fashion, fun, art and history of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden at Austin Street, Newstead on Sunday 8 September, 2013.

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Image from festival website

I'm not sure what inspires all that Scandinavian ingenuity and creativity (I suppose you have to keep busy during those incredibly long summer days in the lands of the midnight sun) but this northern patch of the globe has inspired some of the world's most well-known creative and design companies. Lots of this creativity will be on display at the festival. IKEA (Sweden), Scanpan (Denmark) and Pandora (Denmark) have all supplied prizes for this year's raffle, and market stalls will include offerings from Dansk Vintage, Pixmie children's clothing, Dirt by Earth homewares and jewellery, Scandi Kids childrens products, and Kirkeby Art's Danish handmade glass from Gammelgård Glas.

A huge range of tempting, mouth-watering Scandinavian food will also be on sale. Think hot dogs, Danish open-faced sandwiches, Norwegian waffles, ice cream, and of course, those delectable pastries.

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Let loose your inner Viking at the festival. Image from festival website.

If it's culture you're after you can see some traditional crafts like Norwegian rosemailing (painting), visit the Viking encampment and display, or take part in traditional Scandinavian games. See displays of handball and floorball (an indoor cross between ice hockey and field hockey). The kids can enjoy the fun of the special LEGO play area while you enjoy something refreshing from the Danish Club Bar.

Event Details
When: Sunday 8 September from 10am to 4pm
Where: Austin Street, Newstead, Brisbane
Cost: Free
More Information: See the website here or the Facebook page here.

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Why? For some Scandinavian fun in the Spring sunshine
When: Sunday 8 September from 10am to 4pm
Where: Austin Street, Newstead, Brisbane
Cost: Admission is free
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