Three days of an all-women wood chopping competition.
If you happen to be in Berlin, these days, take a tour to Alexanderplatz. The historical square in the very heart of the German capital will be the stage of an unsual match between the national teams of Germany and Sweden: women from the two countries will engage in a wood chopping challenge. Another odd detail is that all participants will be between 50 and 90 years of age.
The match is sponsored by the brand-new Swedish EU Presidency, which is starting today, July 1.
The two teams will have to do the logging job all the way: logs are transported, delivered, sawn, chopped and cleaved by the women, who will be working in teams. Each day’s work is a common effort, generating positive energy. The sun is hot, the working women are sweating – the forest, the trees and the sound of pieces of wood hitting the chopping-blocks. New potatoes, dill and crisp bread are offered to passers-by who will get a taste of Scandinavian tradition and the cultural heritage of Germany’s northern neighbor. Swedish summer meets urban Berlin.
The two teams have three days to complete their task: transforming 30 cubic metres of logs into imaginative wood piles. The challenge involves cooperation, communication and getting to know each other across national and language barriers. Each day means making a common effort. It is a manifestation of female strength and community spirit, of making the countryside visible in the city and of the physical strength needed to generate energy.