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Midsummer Celebration

Svenska Kulturföreningen Vancouver

Already in the 10th century, the Vikings celebrated the lightest time of the year, which we call midsumme

Swedes celebrate midsummer on the weekend closest to Midsummer day June 24th.

In Vancouver we normally have our Midsummer Festival one week earlier.


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For the Swede's it is very important to make the flower wreaths for the hair

And to decorate and raise the midsummer pole.

For more information about the midsummer tradition follow this link (English)
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Preparing for Midsummer

Friday at 6 pm, us volunteers, meet to prepare for the midsummer weekend.

We make the garlands and rings for the midsummer pole.

We decorate with flower and use birch branches as the base.

On Friday night we also have live music and an open bar, and the younger crowd (including the young at heart) meet and have fun.
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The event opens at 10Am Saturday and ends Sunday at 4 Pm!

Opening ceremonies takes place around 11 followed by the decorating and raising of the midsummer pole.

Opening ceremony includes, singing of the National anthems, speeches by dignitaries, and dance around the midsummer pole.
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Kids and Adults have so much fun at the Festival!

There are lots activities, for both kids and adults, during the whole day.

The kids can make flower wreath's, dance around the midsummer pole, explore the troll forest, meet the Vikings in the Viking village, and much more.

Make sure you arrive early, lots of people are visiting us!
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At the heart of this event is the Festival Village Long house

One large audience tent with performers in the middle, offering audience participation dance and song.

The large stage is connected through its proximity and common cover.


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Festival Village Long house cont'd

The Festival Choir will delight the audience on Sunday

On Saturday the we have performances by artists like Charlotte Diamond and Abra Cadabra.


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Festival Villages

Around the long-house the participating nations, Denmark Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden, and the 'Vikings' have their villages.

These Villages features displays of national heritage, craft and food sales and many kids activities.


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Festival Villages cont'd

The 'Viking' village features a large Viking-ship, authentic Viking settlements, games and crafts originating from those days


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The Wife carrying contest

Win your partners weight in Beer!

In the olden days, in small town Finland, there was no social networking or internet dating – if a man wanted a woman from a neighbouring village he had to go and take her!

Wife Carrying Contest, where a “husband” carries a “wife” through an obstacle course for a prize. More ...
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In the Big Nordic Hall (main building)

Food is served and Scandinavian musicians are entertaining while we enjoy open faced sandwiches, meatballs and other Nordic treats.


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Contact SCS

  • Email us:
  • swedishculturalsociety@gmail.com
  • Meet us:
  • at Scandinavian Community Centre, 6540 Thomas Street, Burnaby, BC

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