Please note that parts of the program will be in Swedish and that some of the activities will require that you to reserve a ticket. You find the whole program to the festival and booking details below.
The festival is dedicated to exploring the wondrous world of fungi and their net-like underground web of mycelium. It offers a conversation with the charismatic star biologist Merlin Sheldrake, author of the popular science bestseller Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures; creative workshops and a special menu in the café developed in collaboration with David Zilber.
Join a foraging workshop with Roland Rittman and Zenia Samlersen and enjoy a unique musical performance by composer and musician Cosmo Sheldrake, who incorporates recordings of natural sounds into his music. When the sun sets, Hupenhesis begins – a performance by this year's artist Carola Grahn.
Prepare for a day with nourishment for your mind and senses! And dress sensibly in layers as many activities take place outdoors.
The festival is funded by Region Skåne.
Tickets to the festival
The festival program is composed of different events, and some have limited capacity. You can pre-purchase tickets for the events here to ensure a spot. If tickets remain on the day of the festival, these will be released (for free) on a first come first serve basis to visitors, who inquire in person at the ticket desk of the shop.
Wanås Konst Club members join all activities for free and pre-book with booking code.
Food and drink
The café serves casual food, drinks, coffee and cake until 5:30 pm. A mushroom themed menu has been created for the occasion in collaboration with David Zilber. Gluten-free and vegetarian options.
Parking is included in your ticket. Round trip bus trip from Copenhagen and Malmö can be booked here. If you book a bus and want to stay for Carola Grahn’s performance, we will organize taxi pooling to Hässleholm’s train station.
Questions, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
All day 10 am–5 pm
Permanent Collections and Exhibitions
The park consisting of around 80 permanent works indoors and outdoors and this year’s exhibitions: Young-Jun Tak: Wish you a Lovely Sunday (video installation in the Hay Barn) and Carola Grahn: Trädgränsen (works in the sculpture park) are on view
How Included in admission. Grab a map in the Main Barn.
The Magical World of Mushroom: drop-in creative workshop
Together with the artist Gurli Kruber we will explore mushrooms, plants, and our own creativity. Try making mushroom prints, inspired by the shapes and colors of nature and learn how to make pigments from mushrooms and plants.
Where Wanås Konst Studio in the Main Barn, the pink room and the outdoor Studio patio
How Drop in, included in admission. Art guides will be present. Kids should be accompanied by an adult.
Experience the work Puff Ball Field, which consists of artificial mushrooms, by the artist Roxy Paine, who is also known for his "trees" in the sculpture park. Immerse yourself in a world of discovery and learn about the secret lives of mushrooms, their underground networks of mycelium, the roles as decomposers and much more.
Where Wanås Konst Studio in the Main Barn, the yellow room
How Drop-in, included in admission
11 am–12.30 pm Mushroom excursions (foraging) with Roland Rittman and Zenia Samlersen
Join the Swedish field biologist Roland Rittman – edible mushroom and wild herb collector – from Skåne or the Danish knowledge-sharing mushroom enthusiast Zenia Samlersen on an excursion that will give you new perspectives on fungi. Let the experts guide you through their personal take on the kingdom of mushrooms that live among the artworks within the "sculpture forest"
Where Collection point for Rittman: Yoko Ono, Wish Trees. Collection point for Samlersen: The main parking lot
How Limited spots, pre-booking recommended. Roland Rittman guides in Swedish and Zenia Samlarsen in English. Practical shoes for walking in the forest recommended. Also at 2 pm
11 am–12 pm Art tours in the sculpture park (Swedish and English)
How does nature, the weather, and animal life in the forest impact the artworks and their lifespan? And how does nature influence our experience of the works in the outdoor collection? Join one of our knowledgeable guides on a different kind of art tour of the sculpture park.
Where Collection point outside main entrance, Main Barn
How Limited spots, pre-booking recommended
12.45–2 pm Finding Friends in Fungi: A Conversation between David Zilber and Merlin Sheldrake
Star biologist Merlin Sheldrake, author of the bestseller Entangled Life – How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds and Shape Our Futures opens up the wonderous world of fungi to us in conversation with David Zilber, Noma's former head of fermentation, chef, futurist, and bestselling cookbook author with The Noma Guide to Fermentation.
Where Wanås Konst Studio in the Main Barn, the green room
How Limited seating, pre-booking recommended. In English. Also at 3.30 pm.
1–2 pm Art tours in the sculpture park
Also at 11 am. Please see above for info.
2–3.30 pm Mushroom excursions (foraging) with Roland Rittman and Zenia Samlersen
Also at 11 am, Please see above for info.
2.15–3.15 pm Cosmo Sheldrake
Open air concert Experience a unique musical performance by musician and composer Cosmo Sheldrake, who creates music with his own recordings from nature. The concert will follow a brief introductory conversation between Cosmo Sheldrake and Wanås Konst's artistic director Milena Høgsberg.
Where The sculpture park at Poul Gernes’ Pyramide
How Included in admission. No pre-booking necessary.
3.30–4.45 pm Finding Friends in Fungi: A Conversation between David Zilber and Merlin Sheldrake
Also at 12.45. Please see above for info.
6.00–7.00 pm Hupehensis – performance by Carola Grahn in collaboration with Svanholm Singers
Hupehensis, occuring in October each year, is the sacrificial night ceremony of the Anemone Order. At dusk, the order gathers in the forest behind Wanås castle at a sacrificial birch altar decorated with animal antlers. With fire, song and mystical rites, the order is said to strive to "become one's own flesh" and appease the powers of the forest.
What happens at Wanås when darkness falls and visitors have gone home? Join a large-scale, interactive performance by the artist Carola Grahn in collaboration with the male choir Svanholm Singers and Stephanie Hayes. A performance that touches topics such as power, religious ceremonies, and the search for a way to live in balance with nature.
Where Starting point at the parking lot.
How Limited seating, advance booking required. Recommended for 15 years old and above. The performance includes a walk through the sculpture park at dusk. Warm clothes and boots are recommended.
The performance is co-produced with KORO – Public Art Norway