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

21 June 2018

11th Festival of Early Medieval Сulture “Isaborg” will be held in Izborsk on June 29 - 1 July 2018. The organizers of the festival are the Administration of the Pskov Region, Izborsk State Museum Reserve, Historical reenactment club “Usad’ba” (Pskov). 160 members of historical reenactment clubs from Pskov, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novgorod, Petrozavodsk, Sosnoviy Bor, Zhukovsky, Minsk, Tallinn and Dagda will take part in the festival.

“Triquetroum” music band from St. Petersburg will be performing at the festival. Bagpipes, drums, gusli, tambourine, horn will become alive in the hands of musicians.

The festival programme will begin on Saturday, July 30 at 11.00 at Truvor’s Ancient Settlement Site. This year the participants of the festival will focus on demonstrating and explaining the visitors the steps in making clothes.  The visitors will be able to watch reenactors make clothes. They will also try to comb the wool, break the flax, spin, weave, sew and dye the cloth. Tools any woman would need will also be produced: loom weights, reeds, needles … Children will be able to take part in an interactive lesson “Military traditions of Ancient Russia”.

At 14 p.m. the activities will start on the plateau above Gorodischenskoye Lake, where a parade of the participants of the festival and a battle’s reenactment will be held.  

The festival will finish on June 30 at 17.00.

Everybody is invited. Entrance is free.

“Isaborg-2018” festival programme

June30 (Saturday)

11.00a.m.  The official opening of the festival.The opening of the Historical Camp at Truvor’s Ancient Settlement Site for visitors

11.15 a.m. - 13.15  p.m.  Master classes in various crafts will be held. Visitors will learn how to make a reed, a loom weight, a needle from a bone, scissors, how to dye cloth, how to spin, weave, comb the wool, treat flax, sew and many other interesting things.  


  Truvor’s ancient Settlement Site will become a venue foran interactive lesson “Military traditions of Ancient Russia”, as well as for a shooting context, a master class inmedieval fighting techniques and a master class in setting fire with the use of a fire striker or by friction


13.15 p.m. – 13.45 p.m.  A concert of historical music at Truvor’s Ancient Settlement Site

14.00p.m.  - 16.00  p.m.  A parade of the participants of the festival and a battle’s reenactment. Military skills competition.

17.00  The closing of the Historical Camp at Truvor’s Ancient Settlement Site for visitors.

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