Follow the Vikings
Follow the Vikings International Roadshow is coming to Shetland on Saturday, 24 November 2018.
The audience will experience a stunning visual celebration of Viking heritage. A professional cast, accompanied by Hjaltibonhoga fiddlers and a troupe of local dancers, will retell the story of warrior poet, Egil Skallagrimsson. The actors will perform to a digital backdrop which includes the stained glass windows from the Lerwick Town Hall.
The roadshow, hosted by Shetland Amenity Trust, has been performed to sell out audiences in Copenhagen, Catoira, Dublin, Waterford and Stockholm. It then travels to Reykjavík before the finale performance in York in March 2019.
Roadshows are a great opportunity to not only get to know the history and heritage of the Viking age but also meet the talented actors, dancers and performers. Younger and older generations, locals and travelers are part of the events and we do hope that more and more people will be inspired through that creative endeavor of #followthevikings.
Shetland Amenity Trust is proud to be the lead partner in the Follow the Vikings Project. This is a four year, transnational project with 15 partners from across the Viking world.
The project will create a large and lasting network among cultural actors 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 these actors, as well as supporting the creation of joint transnational presentations and products on Viking legacy.
The project aims to broaden the audience to major and less well-known sites, museums, attractions, etc. relating the Viking story and to the legacy of the Vikings at large. It also aims to stimulate interest in the Viking world beyond the partnership and the Cultural Route.