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A successful Medieval Festival

30. august 2011

The 17th European Medieval Festival was successfully held this weekend. The theme of the year was Churches, Convents and Christianity which was very visible throughout the festival. The two medieval churches, Vor Frelsers Kirke and Klosterkirken, provided an atmospheric setting for choir concerts, weddings and the regional plays

The European Medieval Festival

Each year during the last weekend in August, the streets of Horsens are filled with sounds of cheerful buskers, snaps from crossbows, and merry medieval music, when the European Medieval Festival 2011 conquers the streets along with its 100.000 visitors from around the world. Church bells, letters of indulgence and the sound of the church choir – faith in God and fear of the Devil.

This year, the Medieval Festival focuses on Churches, Convents and Christianity in the Middle Ages. Throughout the festival, there will be Gregorian song and religious processions, in which monks show off valuable relics and artifacts. Carpenters build a timber framed church tower, while the bell founder transform 25 kg hot liquid ore into a church bell. At the market the blacksmith is standing in a shower of sparks while hardening the edge of his new sword. The swordsman is polishing his armor, getting ready for the upcoming battle. Meanwhile, the cobbler is stitching up a pair of shoes and the dressmaker is putting the finishing touches on a beautiful dress for a noble lady. A feast is set with sumptuous dishes, and the food stalls tempt the hungry with smoked haunch of venison, steamed clams, sourdough bread and apple pie served on cabbage leaves. Thirst is quenched in mead, beer and seasonal fruit juice. When darkness falls, the watchman lights hundreds of torches, and a pleasant light spreads, in stalls and streets, from candles and bonfires. 5000 professionals and volunteers, dressed in medieval outfits, make the experience of being in the Middle Ages feel real.

The European Medieval Festival will be held the 26th and 27th of August 2011, in the center of Horsens.

Opening hours are: Friday the 26th, from 4pm to 11pm, Saturday the 27th from 10am to 11pm.

Entry to the festival is free of charge.

For yderligere oplysninger kontakt

Europæisk Middelalder Festival
Cultural Department
Rådhustorvet 4
DK-8700 Horsens
Tlf.: +45 76292310 / +45 20801347

European Medieval Festival

European Medieval Festival

2011: 26th and 27 th of August
2012: 24th and 25th of August
2013: 30th and 31st of August

The European Medieval Festival is always held the last weekend in August