State historical-architectural, landscape and natural museum-preserve «Izborsk»
30 July 2017

The 11th International Festival of Battles’ Reenactment and Medieval Culture “The Iron Town - 2017” will be held in Izborsk on August 5 – 6.

Izborsk is the North Western gate to Russia, the holder of secrets of history. It is one of the most ancient Russian towns, first mentioned in Russian chronicles in 862.  In 1330 a new fortress was built in Izborsk on Zheravia Hill that withstood numerous sieges. Fighting the Crusades Izborsk deserved the name of a stronghold of Russia. Even enemies used to call it an “Iron Town”. In 2007 this name was given to the Festival of Battles’ Reenactment and Medieval Culture.

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”.

The visitors will be able to see a battle’s re-enactment, equestrian contests, a shooters’ tournament and a parade in historical costumes. A concert of two popular folk music groups - “Darkriver” from Vyborg and “Spiritual Seasons” from Kharkov - will take place by the walls of Izborsk fortress.

This year the guests of the festival will be able to enjoy a theatrical program “The 17th century in the history of Izborsk” as well asa parade in historical costumes. The spectators will see a reconstruction of a 17th century fighting episode; will learn how to handle a musket, a pike and a real cannon.

A knightly tournament will be held on Sunday 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.

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

The festival’s program:

August 3, Wednesday.

The arrival of re-enactors.

August 4, Friday.

08.00 – 24.00 The arrival of re-enactors.

14.00 – Creation of squads, assignment of tasks.

16.00 – A shooters’ tournament.

18.30 – A “Buhurt” battle.

August 5, 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 - A “Buhurt” battle.

19.30 - A concert of folk music groups.

August 6, Sunday.

12.00 - 15.00 A Medieval Trade Fair. A playground for children.

13.00 - 14.30 - A knightly tournament.

14.30 - 15.00 - A Medieval music performance.

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