Torgdagen – The Value of The Local Coastal Culture

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Every year since 1977 the coastal culture from the local areas surrounding Bergen, especially towards the west, has been celebrated at en event called “Torgdagen i Bergen”. This area supplied the city with much of its food, workforce and other resources. However, the value of this and of the culture was not very appreciated in the more “refined urban” circles in Bergen. But time changes and now this is a gathering of traditional ships and boats of many sorts, performing local artists, Farmers Market and traditional “fast food” vendors. Many people dress up in local clothes of pre-WWII style. And a good time is being had by all.

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The people living around Bergen (where I myself live) are traditionally called “striler”. Initially this was a derogatory name – today it is an honorary one.

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Local vessels of all sorts have an important place in a coastal culture.

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Some more inspired by Viking ships than others.

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The place to be if you want to have a good look around.

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Some ladies are selling traditional food and items.

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Some just relax.

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One needs to see what is going on.

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Or think about what to do next.

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And youth will be youth …

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And romance will always be there …

PS The comments section is ABOVE the photos 🙂

PPS Since summer is (more or less) here, my postings will be even more erratic than usual, but hopefully I’ll be back from time to time.

 

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