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Nordic Village Bridge @ the Art Shanty Projects on Medicine Lake

If you haven't been to the Art Shanty Projects before, let me's a fun, cold, and unusual event - part ice fishing village, part art gallery, part amusement park... here's the description of the shanty that I and several others will be running, but there are many other shanties to enjoy as well. It's free and family friendly - but dress warmly! 

Part of the Art Shanty Projects, the Nordic Village Bridge Art Shanty is an ice shanty created and run by the staff and villagers of Concordia Language Villages. Using cultural references to bridges and trolls in Nordic story and myth, our goal is to challenge visitors' assumptions about what it means to bridge cultures in our global community. Visitors can choose a culturally authentic name from one of our hosting villages, participate in language activities, and prepare to meet the cultural challenges posed by the troll hiding beneath our bridge. We believe that being playful helps us to step out of self-consciousness and into new roles and new languages, so we go to great lengths to make that happen; we dress up like Vikings, herd imaginary reindeer, and choreograph our own dances to Eurovision songs. Play along!


Valkommen! Velkommen! Tervetuloa! Come pick out an authentic Nordic name (your alternate identity for the day & the rest of your life, if you like)! Cross our bridge to be challenged by a live troll! See the Northern Lights after sunset and play culturally authentic games from the Nordic countries. Interact with Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, or Swedish speakers - other languages and traditions may pop up too, so be ready to cross some cultural bridges! Meet our celebrity goats, made famous in the Three Billy Goats Gruff. Story-time daily at 11pm and 2pm. You may also have a chance to…learn how to folkdance, find out about life at Concordia Language Villages, get married in the custom of one of the Nordic Cultures, apply for an internship with the Troll-Repatriation-Project, engage in drag goat racing, and much more!

Jan 14-15 Finnish/Danish 10-5pm

Jan 21-22 Swedish 10-5pm

Jan 28-29 Norwegian 10-5pm

Feb 4-5 Multi-lingual10-5pm


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  • Karen L

    Tak for the fun at the Nordic shanty. Great to meet you and hope to see you at more events.

    January 29, 2012

  • Jeanne

    I didn't see any other Meet-up people, you could of been there. I just didn't know. I got a lot of great pictures.

    January 29, 2012

  • Karen L

    Well I showed up and had a great time at the art shanties but did not connect with you all. Hope everyone enjoyed the fun. See you at the next event.

    January 29, 2012

  • Jeanne

    Why aren't we meeting before 10AM? All the demonstrations are at 10.
    Saturday, January 28

    10:00am Art Shanty Projects
    10:00am Knit or Knot
    10:00am Lessons and Soup @ Noon
    10:00am Make your own Studded Bike tires
    10:00am Occupy Shanty
    I will be there at 9:45AM. I want to see some of this.

    January 27, 2012

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