Bornholm is the first region in Europe and the first island community in the world to be awarded the World Craft Region title. The strong spirit of the island community is evident in the vibrant crafts, museums, biennials and international educational opportunities that all put Bornholm firmly on the international stage. Thanks to a centuries-old craftsmanship tradition and well-preserved techniques, the island continues to represent innovative artists and craftsmen who work with ceramics, glass, textiles, metal and wood. Bornholm has deeply rooted cultural traditions.
There are many amateur music and theater groups that have been successful in many competitions. The island's greatest pride is the famous Danish painter Oluf Høst, whose romantic paintings can be admired at the Rø Art Museum, and writer Martin Andersen, whose family home in Nexø is open to the public. Many other Bornholm museums also invite you to visit.
In the summer, the island is teeming with music, there are many festivals and concerts of classical music (many of them in historic churches - rotundas) and jazz; all with top Danish and foreign musicians.
Bornholm is the first island in the world to receive the title of A World Craft Region - the highest recognition in the world of arts and crafts. Bornholm is the first island in the world and the first region in Europe to become a World Craft Region. Bornholm is home to outstanding art and craft artists, museums, biennials and an international educational institution. Historical traditions and well-preserved techniques go hand in hand with today's innovative artisans.
KADK Bornholm is one of the leading European educational institutions in the field of glass and ceramics. The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design, Bornholm (KADK Bornholm) is one of the leading European educational institutions in the field of glass and ceramics. KADK offers a dynamic and international high-quality program in education, scientific and artistic research. Bachelor of Crafts in Glass and Ceramics is an undergraduate artistic education, based on 3 and a half years of study. The program is rooted in a strong tradition of Danish craftsmanship and is conducted in English.
Bornholm represents the largest number of craftsmen per square meter in Denmark. Bornholm is well known for its many skilled artisans who create the image of an island where quality and aesthetics are paramount. Here, the artists are inspired and can work freely, but at the same time draw on a strong dependency. Bornholm's artisans are different - not only in temperament, expression and choice of materials, but also in the basic working conditions, inspirations and presentations. The specific atmosphere, unusual landscapes, excellent light and, finally, the abundance of raw materials that can be processed, have attracted crowds of artists here, also from abroad. In few places in Europe we can find as many artists - sculptors, jewelery, ceramics and glass designers as on Bornholm. Bornholm has many names, but it certainly deserves to be called "the island of artists". The specific atmosphere, the extraordinary landscapes, excellent light and, finally, the abundance of raw materials that can be processed have attracted crowds of artists, also from abroad.
In few places in Europe we will find so many artists - sculptors, designers of jewelry, ceramics, glass, as in Bornholm. For over 100 years, the island has attracted creative souls - the visible trace of their presence are numerous art and handicraft museums, galleries, exhibition spaces and open workshops where you can watch artists during the creative process. The island is dotted with numerous painting, sculpture, carpentry, textile and jewelry workshops.
The main centers of arts and crafts are the towns of Gudhjem, Ronne, Svaneke and Allinge-Sandvig. Currently, about one hundred different art studios operate here.
Ceramics (keramik), operating on the basis of local clay deposits, predominate on Bornholm. The largest of these is the working museum, decorated at the Hjorths Ceramics Factory in Ronne. At Gronbechs Gard in Hasle we will see the best in ceramics from Bornholm. It is worth visiting Paradis Keramik in Bodnnycher near Nexo, Helle Lund-Hansen (HEKA Stentoj) in Nexo, Jans Keramik in Dueodde or Eva Brandt in Ronne.
It is not difficult to admire the creative power of artists and small masterpieces created in numerous art glass workshops, where glass is formed using a traditional method - with the help of human breath. Many artists open their workshops for visitors to see and experience how the combination of sand and heat as well as the creative imagination and strength of human lungs create elaborate bowls, decanters, glasses, candlesticks, jewelry and unusual decorations.
Artistic glass schools (glashytte) occupy an important place on the artistic map of the island. These small but modern equipped studios are known in Europe and abroad. A visit to one of the smelters, where you can look at the process of melting and forming glass, is an undoubted tourist attraction.
On Bornholm one of the ancient customs is cultivated, typical especially for the inhabitants of Scandinavia, namely burning bonfires during the shortest summer night. Large bonfires are burning on the coasts near most towns. This tradition goes deep into pagan times.
Herring smoking ritual is another carefully cultivated tradition. Only on Bornholm have so many smokehouses survived. In several restaurants located near the smokehouses you can order something like a Swedish table (Fiskebuffet). The sum of 120-180 DK gives us the opportunity to eat unlimited quantity, composed of dozens of different dishes and snacks.
According to local legend, the island's caring spirit is a small and good-looking troll called Krølle Bølle. He lives with his family in the Langebjerg forest, near the ruins of Hammershus Castle. He is a small prankster, playing under the cover of night - with his whole family - constant pranks on Bornholm's hosts, but he is also a loyal protector of the island.
According to local legend, during the Swedish invasion of the island, the brave troll scared them so much that they turned back to Sweden in panic. Currently, Krølle Bølle has transformed into the symbol of the island and the favorite of the youngest tourists visiting Bornholm (there are even delicious ice cream called Krølle Bølle, although according to legend, the troll prefers blueberry jelly).
Artistic craft on the island was initiated by the production of so-called Bornholm clocks, their collection can be viewed at the Bornholm Museum in Rønne. Today, the creators of artistic ceramics and artistic glassware as well as textile products maintain numerous traditions here. They run workshops where the production of products is combined with their sale.
Historic workshops and manufactories have survived in over a dozen villages of the island, where old technologies are cultivated and unique products are produced. "Home specialties" are small jewels made of local granite or wood.