Knights attract lots of tourists
The Grunwald International Festival of Medieval Culture and Music brought together over 600 participants from Belarus and the CIS
The festival is held for the eighth time and is becoming more diverse from year to year: more military-historical clubs from different countries are keen to come to Belarus to test their military skills at the tournament and take part in the reconstruction of the famous Battle of Grunwald, which gave the name to the festival.
The Battle of Grunwald is a decisive episode of the 1409-1411 Great War when the allies, the King of Poland Władysław II Jagiełło and the Grand Duke of Lithuania Vytautas, defeated the troops of the Teutonic Order having united their efforts.
“The result of the Battle of Grunwald has completely changed political forces in Europe. This is an episode in our history of which we should be proud,” said the organiser of the festival and the head of Berserk extreme theatre, Alexander Rak, explaining the choice of the event that became the foundation for the re-enactment rally. “The Poles celebrate the Day of the Battle of Grunwald on July 15th with a large-scale festival. Lithuania also marks this event while we haven’t had anything similar for many years though our ancestors comprised half of the winners’ army.”
One can argue whether the history of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania is directly related to a contemporary Belarus yet the festival attracts crowds of tourists to Dudutki. The unusual spectacle was previously attended by those connected with the historical topic but now the knight’s festival is entertainment for a wide audience.
By Victor Kharitonov