About the Wadden Tide

First There Is A Mountain is the fourth Wadden Tide exhibition. The exhibition unfolds in Blåvandshuk, where the Wadden Sea borders to the north. 

Varde Municipality is hosting First There Is A Mountain in collaboration with the Varde Museums, the Western Sea Nature Park, the Wadden Sea National Park, Destination North Sea and Blåvandshuk Business Association. 

First There Is A Mountain is curated by Empathic Environments by Stenka Hellfach and Tyra Dokkedahl. 

The exhibition and dissemination program is supported by 15 June Foundation, Jyske Art Foundation, Statens Kunstfond, Augustinus Foundation, Blåvandshuk Activity Center, Region Southern Denmark, Culture Region Midt- and West Jutland, Wadden Sea National Park and Varde Municipality's Art Committee.


Wadden Tide took place in 2014, 2016 and 2019 as part of the Wadden Sea Cultural Region. In 2019, tourists from Denmark and Europe came specifically to experience the exhibition, which had 90-110,000 visitors. 

In 2021, Varde Municipality took over Wadden Tide as part of the municipality's investment in cultural tourism. Wadden Tide is to become a recurring art event taking place every 3 years. 

The vision is to become known locally, nationally and internationally as a free open-air exhibition with innovative art that discuss and frames contemporary themes and agendas in a local context. 


Wadden Tide is developed by professionals in the field og art who ensure interest and recognition internationally, nationally and locally. 


Varde Municipality is the project owner in close cooperation with the Varde Museums. 


Project manager employed by Varde Municipality, Culture and Leisure. 

Curator team

The exhibition is developed in collaboration with the curatorial team Empathic Environments; art historian Stenka Hellfach from Somewhere and architect Tyra Dokkedahl from Seriously Fun. The team has previously developed an Art Strategy for Varde Municipality.

Cooperation partners

  • Destination North Sea: The destination provides professional knowledge about tourism.
  • Wadden Sea National Park: The National Park provides professional knowledge about the nature and culture of the Wadden Sea.
  • The Vardemuseums/NaturKulturVarde/Learning: The Vardemuseums provide professional knowledge and contribute to the dissemination program and teaching courses
  • The Vardemuseerne/Janus Building: Janus provides artistic knowledge and contributes to the professional seminars.
  • Blåvand-Ho Erhverv: The business association contributes with knowledge and connections to the local businesses, food producers and restaurants in Blåvand.
  • Blåvand-Ho Citizens' Association: The citizens' association contributes with knowledge and connections to the locals in Blåvand as well as to the dissemination programme.
  • ProVarde, cultural institutions, the theater association Syvkanten in connection with the development of performances.
  • Other partners: Design.Fordi, Flying October, FULDENDT Consulting Engineers, Motel Garni, Mr. Forest, Wild Food Morten Vinding, Høfde4, Mette Martinussen's Food Theatre, Junge's bakery and pancake house

Planning committee

  • Kultur og Fritid, Varde Kommune
  • Vardemuseerne/JANUS
  • Destination Vesterhavet
  • Nationalpark Vadehavet
  • Blåvand-Ho Erhverv
  • Blåvand-Ho Borgerforening

A big thank you to all partners and everyone who supports Wadden Tide 2023