State historical-architectural, landscape and natural museum-preserve «Izborsk»

5 August 2016

The 10th International Festival of Battles’ Reenactment and Medieval Culture “The Iron Town”-2016 will be held in Izborsk on August 6 – 7.  

The organizers of the Festival are The State Committee of the Pskov Region for Culture, Izborsk State Museum-Reserve of History, Architecture and Land and the center for historical projects “The Valour of Epochs”.

About 250 re-enactors from Tula, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Pskov, Krasnoznamyonsk and Kazan will take part in the Festival.

The visitors will be able to see equestrian contests, a shooters’ tournament, a parade in historical costumes and a battle’s re-enactment, called “a Bughurt”.

A new theatrical program “The 17th century in the history of Izborsk” will be put up. The spectators will see a reconstruction of a 17th century fighting episode; will learn how to handle a musket and a real cannon.

Re-enactment of fighting episodes, called “Bughurts”, will be most spectacular events of the festival. Over 40 warriors encased in armor will take part in them.

A knightly tournament will be held in accordance with Medieval rules.

The visitors of the Festival will be able to play medieval games and buy goods and souvenirs produced by re-enactors.

A concert of two popular folk music groups - “Trikvertum” from St. Petersburg and «Spiritual Seasons» from Kharkov - will take place by the walls of Izborsk fortress. 

“The Iron Town” festival is one of the brightest summer events which are held in Izborsk, which attracts visitors from not only the Pskov Region, but also from other regions of Russia and abroad.  

The festival’s program

August 6, Saturday.

13.00 - 19.00 A Medieval Trade Fair. Taverns. Medieval games. A playground for children.
14.00 The opening ceremony. The introduction of historical reenactment clubs.

14.20 - 15.30 A Battle’s reenactment, a parade in historical costumes, tournaments.
15.30 - 16.00 A concert of folk music groups.
16.00 A theatrical program “The 17th century in the history of Izborsk”

17.00 Equestrian contests.
18.30 The “Buhurt” battle
19.30 A concert of folk music groups.


August 7, Sunday.

12.00 - 15.00 A Medieval Trade Fair. Taverns. A playground for children.
13.00 - 14.30 A knightly tournament.
14.30 - 15.00 Medieval music performance.

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