The Tordenskiold festival in Frederikshavn, Denmark, 1998-2010. A naval hero in a society at war

Author/s Dan Henry Andersen
Publishing Year 2011 Issue 2011/37
Language Italian Pages 16 P. 37-52 File size 288 KB
DOI 10.3280/MER2011-037003
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The Tordenskiold festival (Tordenskioldsdage) in Frederikshavn, Denmark, started in 1998 and is presently the largest maritime historical festival in Northern Europe. The local social and economic background is discussed, especially relative economic deprivation due to closure and downsizing of heavy industries, but it is concluded that the festival began due to the special ambitions of a group of teachers at the Frederikshavn Production School, and that the festival derives its success from local interest and the generosity of the municipality. It is argued that maritime historical festivals and reenactment will inevitably contain anacronisms and mixing of historical epochs, but at the same time they are powerful tools for connecting to the past.

Keywords: Frederikshavn; Denmark; Peter Wessel Tordenskiold; Maritime historical festival; Public History

Dan Henry Andersen, Un eroe danese in tempo di guerra. Il festival di Tordenskiold a Frederikshavn dal 1998 al 2010 in "MEMORIA E RICERCA " 37/2011, pp 37-52, DOI: 10.3280/MER2011-037003