The aims of the Welsh Norwegian Society
To strengthen existing bonds and create greater understanding between the people of Wales and Norway
To organise special events and social functions with a Norwegian flavour
To encourage participation in cultural skills and activities related to Norwegian heritage
The Welsh Norwegian Society celebrates the special relationship that exists between the two countries. The Society is open to anybody with an interest in all things Norway - our members include Norwegians living in Wales and beyond, people with family links to Norway, and others who have a particular interest in Norway and enjoy some of the Scandinavian traditions that are celebrated in Wales. Membership covers all ages and includes those that speak Norwegian, those that don't and those that would like to. A friendly, informal welcome is extended to anyone who wishes to join us.
Regular traditional Norwegian Coffee and Cake gatherings take place at the Norwegian Church Arts Centre, Cardiff Bay allowing new and old members to meet, speak a little Norwegian if they wish and enjoy special occasions through the calendar.
Syttende Mai, the 17th May, Norwegian Constitution Day is celebrated in true Norwegian style every year with a 'tog' (a march) from the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay to the Norwegian Church. There the Norwegian flag is raised and the Norwegian anthem sung followed by coffee and Norwegian waffles, and traditional games for families to enjoy together. A dinner is held in the evening to continue the celebrations.
Midsummer is an important date in the Norwegian and Welsh Calendars and the Welsh Norwegian Society hold an annual Midsummer Garden party for all to attend to celebrate the Solstice.