Bjørgvin Marknad is people. People who share a common passion. People with huge amounts of knowledge. People who are skilled in many crafts. People who are dedicated to preserving the culture and ways of their ancestors. People who keep crafts and ways of old alive. People who appreciate genuine craftsmanship. People who are eager to spread their knowledge. People who want to learn themselves.
As an organisation, our main goal is to arrange a market and a gathering – a viking and medieval festival, as we are officially called. In addition to the annual event, we strive to gather members for workshops and other activities as well, given initiative and resources. All this is achieved because these lovely people choose to spend their time and energy towards realizing this goal, on a purely voluntary basis. For this they deserve our gratitude and praise! We exist only because of their extraordinariness. As one of the founders, this makes me extremely humble.
Bjørgvin Marknad is a family. Through a series of presentations, and in no particular order, I would like to present our family to you.
Donald & Wenche J. Shaw
Don and Wenche are a long time running vikings together. Wenche practices many different handcrafts and Don spends a lot of his pastime making music instruments. He says he loves making instruments and trying to play them as well. The rest of us enjoy and appreciate the environment they create together. It is always a pleasure to come by their tent, enjoy a chat, a toast and a laugh.
Don says that they would visit maybe three to four markets in a normal year. ‘Before corona, Gudvangen was our main holiday for the year.’ They have been vikings for about eight years now. Three daughters and their children have joined them over time.
Don quote: ‘I’m a Viking 🙂 I just love hanging out with friends and having fun. It’s nice to remove yourself from the realities of life. I love history, trying to relive it and educate others. My focus is on exploring instruments.’ Don has learned a lot over the years and says: ‘I knew little on Vikings before I entered the tribe. Schools are falling short with the real story.’
They define friendship as the best thing about being a part of the viking scene. ‘Evenings when the public have left the camp’ is a special time to enjoy a market. About Bjørgvin Marknad, they say that it is a fun and a friendly event with a relaxing environment. They inform that they will continue with the viking life for as long as they can. ‘Because we enjoy the friendships.’
At their home they have spent quite some time and effort on their ground creating a very nice place for small private gatherings for family and close friends, by building a small house with an indoor fire pit, a boathouse and even a sound studio. We have joined their lovely family for an occasion or two, and enjoyed a gathering for old time vikings and younglings, sitting, talking, singing and watching the fire.
We appreciate these lovely people and are most fortunate for having them at Bjørgvin Marknad, and for the joy they spread.
Come back in a while for more 🙂