The Rebild Festival 2019

On July 4th we gather together in the Hills in Rebild to celebrate the American Independance Day. It is the biggest celebration of July 4th outside the United States. A festive day with lots of atmosphere, happy people, good music, fantastic keynote speakers. The Rebild Festival is open to everyone.

The Tall Ships Races 2019
At the same time as the Rebild Festival the Tall Ships Races 2019 in Aalborg is taking place.
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Danish Keynote Speaker Ole Sonnichsen

Ole Sønnichsen is a journalist and author. He graduated from the Danish School of Journalism and San Francisco State University. Today he is the publishing director of Storyhouse, a new non-fiction publisher under Lindhardt & Ringhof.
Since 2010, Ole Sonnichsen has spent a lot of time focusing on the story of the 300,000 Danes who emigrated to America between 1850 and 1920. He is the author off the two books "The Journey to America" which came out in 2013. Volume 2 came out in 2015 (books only in Danish).

U.S. Keynote Speaker Henrik Fogh Rasmussen

Henrik Fogh Rasmussen is the founder and president of Argonne Global, a consulting firm engaged in business expansion and investment projects focused on technology and emerging markets. He is also the chairman of the Center for Expeditionary Economics, a non-profit organization focused on fostering entrepreneurship in post-conflict and post-disaster zones around the world.

Previously, Mr. Rasmussen was the co-founder and managing director of Cimbria Capital, a private equity firm focused on the agribusiness and water sectors in North America and Europe. He was also the founder and president of the consulting firm Rasmussen Public Affairs where he built an international team of consultants advising corporate clients on geopolitical issues.
Mr. Rasmussen started his career at DCI Group, a global consulting firm based in Washington D.C., where he advised corporate clients on geopolitics and managed teams of consultants in the United States and Europe.

Born in Denmark, Mr. Rasmussen was active in Danish grassroots politics and served as a platoon commander in the Royal Danish Army before moving to the United States in 2000 and becoming a U.S. citizen in 2010. He has been active in the Danish-American community for many years and served on the board of the Museum of Danish-America in Elk Horn, Iowa from 2010 to 2015.

Mr. Rasmussen holds an MA from the University of Pennsylvania and graduated summa cum laude from Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia. He currently lives in Richmond, Virginia with his wife and three daughters and is active in his local community as a member of the First Presbyterian Church and the advisory board of the Wilson Center for Leadership in the Public Interest at Hampden-Sydney College.

U.S. Ambassador to Denmark Carla Sands

The U.S. Ambassador to Denmark Carla Sands will bring greetings at the Rebild Festival from President Donald Trump.

Entertainment

Tamra Rosanes is known as Denmarks Queen of Country, and on her newest album, which will be released in March 2019, she shows new sides of her musical and songwriting talents.
“Home is where the heart is” is sung on the title track “Divided Heart” a sentence which is the theme of the album. The  pioneers left Denmark for  America,  making a new life in  their new home, but simultaneously missing their homeland.  Tamra knows this feeling, since she moved from USA in 1972 to start  a new life in Denmark. Last year she received her Danish citizenship, and is now a dual citizen, which made her reflect even more on her identity and where she belongs.

 The albums songs are based on the story of the 300,000 Danes who emigrated to the USA in the years 1850-1920. Some of the songs on the album are well known Danish evergreens from the “Højskole sangbogen” (Grundtvig School songbook)  and well known Danish hymns.   These songs were translated by the Danish immigrants, who had brought their fatherland songs with them across the Atlantic Ocean to their new home.  Tamra found these translations during  research  work at the Danish Archives in Elk Horn , Iowa, and Blair , Nebraska, The American Folk Life Center in Washington D.C. and at the Danish Emigrant Archives in Aalborg, Denmark.

 The songs on the album , some of which are poems written by the Danish pioneers and  set to music by Tamra, are about the Danish immigrants life in the New World, about their longing for their homeland, about their identity and roots, and about the challenges they faced on the way to achieving the American Dream. Some of the songs are original songs written by Tamra about  her own challenges  in her new country, Denmark. The theme of the album is also related to the complicated present day migration and immigration challenges around the world.

 “Divided Heart” is produced and arranged by Noah Rosanes, and is authentic Americana full of soul, longing, and storytelling about the hopeful Danes who settled in the prairie and elsewhere in America.