UWTSD students celebrate Norwegian Constitutional Day


The University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s Dr. Tyra Oseng-Rees has organised a celebration to mark Norway’s Constitutional Day on 17 May. The day is a national holiday in Dr Oseng-Rees’ native Norway, similar to St David’s Day in Wales. Dr Oseng-Rees has organised traditional celebrations which will take place at the Norwegian Chruch in Cardiff in collaboration with the Welsh Norwegian Society.

Annikken Fossberg Henriette Heimdal and Emilie Fevang

The celebrations commemorate the signing of the signing of the Norwegian Constitution at Eidvoll on 17 May 1814, which declared Norway as an independent country. Norwegians celebrate by holding street parties which include a children’s parade, games, speeches, and traditional costumes. The Welsh-Norwegian society has celebrated the day every year since the society was formed in 1995. Dr Oseng-Rees said:  “It has always been easy to be a Norwegian settled in Wales. The Welsh people are very friendly and accommodating and I love living in Wales. It was also when I researched the history the Norwegian society and putting this into context I understood the heritage of Norwegian maritime merchandises. I realised that at some time unusual close bond between the Norwegians and Welsh people goes far back in history. This is something we at UWTSD and Swansea College of Art want to develop and I am very excited that we have three film and photography students taking part in documenting the celebration of the Norwegian Constitutional Day in Cardiff.”

The day will be documented by three Norwegian exchange students who are currently studying Digital Film and Photography at UWTSD’s Swansea College of Art. Emilie Fevang, Annikken Fossberg are both international students on the university’s BA Digital Film and Television Production course and are due to graduate this summer. Henriette Heimdal is due to complete her MDes Photography in six months’ time and has been part of Swansea College of Art’s entrepreneurial incubator space. They have combined their talents and will be attending the day to make a documentary about the cultural celebrations. They said: “We are very fortunate to be able to document the Norwegian constitutional day in Cardiff. We always loved celebrating this day in Norway and we think it is amazing that the Welsh Norwegian Society is organising this in Wales. Hipp Hipp Hurra!”

Students from UWTSD are invited to attend the celebrations which begin at 10.30am outside the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff. The procession will make its way to the Norwegian Church in Cardiff Bay at 10.45am. Once at the church, the Norwegian flag will be raised and the national anthem sung. There will also be speeches and the Welsh Norwegian Society will be laying a wreath at the war memorial. This will be followed by coffee and Norwegian waffles at the church and traditional games. There will also be a drinks reception and sit-down meal in the evening. Transport is available from each campus. If you are interested in attending, please contact Gruff Owen.

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