History only exists if someone tells about it! That is why Nyborg's heyday and cultural heritage are reenacted through the staging of big events, where education and inclusion of local citizens are the key words. The town centre shall again buzz with activity, just as in the days when Nyborg was the seat of the Danish parliament, and when kings resided in the town.
The first weekend in July, the Danehof market is held. Here a piece of Danish history, unique to Nyborg, is brought back to life. When the king called the parliament together, the whole country literally came to Nyborg, which meant jousting tournaments, entertainments and market stalls. The market gives an authentic experience of the town's history and creates medieval excitement in the town.
Days of Battle
The second weekend in September, the gates are opened to the Days of Battle. Warriors from all over Denmark as well as other European lands meet here to train medieval swordfighting and other battle techniques to gain greater understanding of how they fought in the Middle Ages. There are also education programs during the market and other activities besides the Battle, where two armies let loose against each other under a rain of arrows and with cannonballs flying - there is a cannon at the castle from the late Middle Ages. This is the largest battle of its kind in Denmark and brings the Middle Ages to life in a dramatic manner.
Christmas in the Old Royal Town
Last but not least, we celebrate Christmas in the Old Royal Town the second weekend in December. This Christmas market has, within just a few years, become a festive tradition for the townsfolk. Christian III often held Christmas in Nyborg, his home base, which meant increased activity for the people of the town. They had to shop and prepare for the royal Christmas at the castle. The whole town got in a holiday mood, which is exactly the feeling and the activity level Christmas in the Old Royal Town celebrates and recreates.
Of course, big events like these require close collaboration with local government, museums and area businesses. It's also very important to include the people of the town, with the potential for their developing a sense of local ownership of such projects. In Nyborg there are already many citizens and volunteers who support events; in fact, without their help and involvement, such activities would be impossible.