Learning about the agricultural history of Denmark

By Larissa Kuiper, Lindokuhle Mlombo and Jack Wilson

In Denmark we talk a lot about the big differences between the city and the countryside. But is the contrast really that big? Or is it just a myth?

Every year in September, the cultural-historical festival ”Golden Days” comes up with a new theme with new perspectives and disciplines.

This year, the festival delves into Danish history under the title ‘’Golden Days in the Country’’ and invites the public to an extensive festival with over more than 200 events from September 1 to 17. Through art, architecture, thinking and science, the exhibitions dig deep into Denmark’s rural origins.

Denmark is the ripe grain horizon under the summer blue sky and here, where the road turns, the man in the field, the grazing cattle and the harvest in the barn. These are just clichés that many Danes have. But Denmark also has manure tanks, depopulation and decay. To make the Danes aware of their history and to learn about the effects and consequences that are waiting in the future, various lectures are given and participants can also visit exhibitions and museums.

Today, many of the answers to the current energy crisis, climate crisis, food crisis and biodiversity crisis can be found in rural areas. But is the countryside the problem or the solution?

This article is written for farmers in the Netherlands and could be published on: https://www.boerenvee.nl/