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The 42nd festival of Nordic cultures features music, dancing, cooking and craft demonstrations, lectures, vendors and activities for young and old. For one weekend in April, writes the Ventura County Star, “California Lutheran University is transformed into a Scandinavian wonderland.”
For kids, the festival includes a Children’s Theater, performances by community children’s groups, and a puppet show of the Hans Christian Andersen stories. Each child can pick up a Children’s Passport, visit each Scandinavian country’s craft booth where the passport will be stamped, and receive a reward for visiting each country. A special treat, for young and old, is creating a decorated head wreath.
Festivalgoers can visit an authentic Viking Village, as well as a Saami sliddastallan, or community gathering. They can try their hand at Dala horse croquet and play an ancient Viking game called kubb. Scandinavian food is always a highlight of the Festival. Lefse, aebelskivers and other Scandinavian favorites are available in the food court.
Performers include acclaimed storytellers Stina Fagertun of Norway and Robert Seutter (aka True Thomas), the musician and entertainer Ross Sutter, the ABBAFAB tribute band, and Finnish, Scandia and Swedish folk dance groups.
This year there will be genealogy booths with experts on hand as well as the opportunity to purchase Family Tree DNA testing kits.
Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for teenagers. Children are free. Parking is free. This event is a major project of the Scandinavian American Cultural and Historical Foundation. For information, visit scandinaviancenter.org or find us on Facebook.