Quieter, colder Valborg?
The weather did not cooperate all that much, but around 10 000 students and youth apparently still made it to the park in the morning and afternoon of April 30th. Stadsparken generally saw a lot of foot traffic that day, with families and people of all ages taking over for the traditional bonfire at the end of the long day.
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A traditional Valborgsmässoafton fire on the night of April 30th.
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Song, music and flames
Neat video by Alexander Lang about the end of the Valborg day in Stadsparken – and the Fun Fair by the park…
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Lunds Kommun’s Park Rules and Tips
The Municipality has laid down a few rules for Valborg celebrations in the City Park:
No glass bottles, furniture or bikes (park it outside); no barbecuing on the grass (fire hazard); no peeing just anywhere (there are portable toilets, see map below); no leaving garbage behind. The central fountain will be cordoned off, so swimming there is probably not the best idea. Safety patrols will circulate in the park.
Water will be offered for free near the Stadspark café from 10am to 3pm. Authorities expect over 15 000 people to head to the park on April 30th.
The celebrated Lunds Studentsångförening will hold a few free public concerts over the weekend.
On April 30th, they will sing out winter first in the hospital foyer at 16.15, then in Lundagård at 17.45. But their most famous concert takes place on Labour Day (May 1st). There is an official ceremony with the Dean of the University at 12:30, but the main event is at 18.15, on the stairs of the main University building (near the fountain in Lundagård). The annual event has been televised live for decades (TV4).
Preview of a traditional Valborg song:
(More info http://www.studentsangarna.nu/main, in Swedish only!)
The traditional Siste April competition between Nations will happen in Lundagård this year (not Stadsparken as we previously understood)!
This means rope pulls, cream pies, and lots of silly fun. April 30th at 10am. Cheer on your nation’s team!
Nations’ parties begin early, continue late
Afraid that beginning celebrations early on April 30th will not be enough? Or that you won’t be quite fiesta-ed out after the day at Stadsparken? Neighbouring nations join forces to offer Siste April mega-parties.
Hallands and Västgöta have brought back Kvalborg on the evening of Thursday the 29th, while Sydskånska, Helsingkrona and Krischansta wrap it all up again this year with Tegelbruket on Friday night.