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Tournaments and cockroach races at the Festival of Medieval culture in Mstislavl

July, 27-28 Mstislavl holds the VI Festival of Medieval culture “Knight Fest. Mstislavl - 2013”. The information is provided by Mstislavl district executive committee.

The festival opens at the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral with a morning church service in honour of soldiers born in Mstislavl and died in fights for their Motherland. Various events will take place in Central Square, in the city park, Zamkovaya Gora, the area of the Jesuitical monastery.

The festival’s program also includes processes and performances of knights’ clubs, history fashion shows, archery tournaments, tilts, sword contests and a fire show. The knight club “Zolotaya Shpora” will show horse fights, snatching blades from the earth in galloping, raising rings and shawls with a spear from the earth, etc.

The vagrant theatre “Gistrion” will offer the interactive program “Medieval show”. There will also be master classes in medieval dances, games, the performance “U karchme”, the farce “Wife in Love”.

Knight clubs will participate in taking a castle by storm and battles. The winners will be defined in two nominations “Seizure of a banner”, “Till the last ditch”.

Fans of history will have chances to go on excursions in the Jesuitical monastery, the Karmelitsky Catholic church visiting its towers and basements. Video shops will show the films “Robin Hood” and “Iron Knight”. There will also be an exhibition of decorative and applied arts.

The festival includes performances by the bands “Lity Taler”, “Yavaryna”, “Flammeya” and a soloist of the folk group “Hortitsa”. “PAWA” band will give a concert playing authentic medieval music instruments.

For the first time the festival will include cockroach races with the Madagascar hissing cockroaches, reaching 6-10 cm length.
The weightlifting program “Human body potential” is expected to be very spectacular: the extreme theatre “Berserk” will perform a number of extreme tricks.

New items of the festival are the International Martial Arts Championship.

240 knights representing 20 knight clubs have confirmed their participation in the festival. The festival has already become popular with the audience. Mstislavl welcomes a lot of tourists from all regions of Belarus and guests from Russia. They are attracted by an interesting program of the festival, possibilities to learn the history and architecture of Mstislavl who is named “Belarusian Suzdal”. Mstislavl’s park will become a camping site with a parking lot.

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