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Medieval culture brings together people from seven countries in Belarus

A Festival of Medieval Culture was organised by an EU cross-border cooperation project in Polotsk, Belarus, earlier this month, as part of the city's 1150th anniversary festivities. The festival was co-financed by the EU-funded project 'Fostering Capacity for Tourism Development in Latgale-Utena-Vitebsk Cross Border Region' (BELLA DVINA 2), which is being implemented within the Latvia-Lithuania-Belarus Cross-Border Cooperation Programme. 
Medieval culture festival Rubon-2012 in PolotskAmong the main attractions were tilting matches for archers and knights-in-arms in accordance with the rules of Early and High Middle Ages, an attack of the medieval castle situated in a picturesque historic spot on the Western Dvina, and a medieval feast. The festival also featured music performances and shows by bands and groups from Latvia (Latgale region) and Lithuania (Utena region), workshops on crafts, medieval dances, medieval cuisine, rune reading and traditions.

Guests of the festival had a chance to try medieval food and listen to the unique music of medieval times. Latvian medieval re-enactment clubs came to Polotsk together with craftsmen from the region of Latgale who managed to carefully keep and develop traditions of old-time masters.

More photos from the Rubon-2012 festival