Walpurgis Night in Borggården becomes Virtualborg at home – with hat donning ceremony, spring-themed songs and speeches
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For nearly 50 years now, the Linköping University Male Voice Choir has arranged a hat donning ceremony and welcomed spring with song in Borggården at Linköping Castle on Walpurgis Night, a wonderful and highly appreciated part of the Linköping celebrations on this special day. The tradition had to be changed last year as a consequence of the pandemic, and we were treated to a remote event instead. Participation broke all records, with over 3,000 viewings on and immediately after Walpurgis Night. Again this year, physical celebrations in Borggården are not possible, and the Linköping University Male Voice Choir has been forced to realign.
“Walpurgis Night is an important tradition for many people, and we are longing to offer hope and spring joy to our audience again this year. In 2018, we used digital methods to broadcast from the live performance in Borggården. This makes it possible for many more people to take part in the celebrations, which is a wonderful and important feeling”, says Christina Hörnell, conductor of the Linköping University Male Voice Choir. “Most of all, of course,” she continues, “we would like to sing together and meet the audience live, but while we wait for this to be possible, we are this year releasing a film. We see this as the best solution. Now we hope to beat last year’s record for the number of participants.”
The Linköping University Male Voice Choir and conductor Christina HörnellThe new film, produced by Björn Rallare, will be released on Walpurgis Night, 30 April 2021. It includes a traditional hat donning ceremony, spring-themed songs in new guises, and speeches from Jan-Ingvar Jönsson, vice-chancellor of Linköping University, Carl Fredrik Graf, county governor, and August Goldhahn, chairman of the StuFF student union, who also is song artist and managing chairman of the Linköping University Male Voice Choir.
Jan-Ingvar Jönsson, vice-chancellor of Linköping University
August Goldhahn, President of the StuFF student union.
Carl Fredrik Graf, County governor.
Get your student hat out from the wardrobe and join in, but at home. We look forward to seeing you at a rather different Walpurgis Night celebration!
When: 30 April, 3.00 pm
Link to the Walpurgis Night film: lkss.se/valborg.
The film will remain available for viewing after the event.
For more information, please contact:
Christina Hörnell, conductor of the Linköping University Male Voice Choir