(formerly “Peoples of the Ancient Baltic”)
Romanovo, Zelenogradsk (Kaliningrad region)
historical reenactors from Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, and Baltic Countries join a great festival held in a reconstructed Viking village, attended by over 10,000 people and aimed to revive the daily life and ancient traditions of inhabitants of Samland peninsula, who lived here in IX-XI centuries A.D...
Geographical, cultural and historical context
Kaup (translated from Old Icelandic "trading place", "fair") is the largest trade and craft centre on Sambia region, existed from early 9-th century till 1016. Kaup population was international (basically Old Prussians and Scandinavians), they controlled trade relations at the Baltic coast. People were engaged in amber and bone processing. Kaup is unique because it is still one of the last in Europe not fully researched yet Viking settlements located in the present day Mokhovoe, Kaliningrad region, Russia.
The ambitious project is started in Romanovo, not far from the Kaup settlement location, aiming to create a reconstruction of a Viking Village. Some of the structures are ready, and in the near future the other ones will be built, to represent all types of houses and workshops characteristic for the south-eastern Baltic region of the Early Middle Ages.
Event description and programme
Each year the Kaup Festival takes the visitors to a time travel back to the Vikings. Reenactment groups and musicians from different countries participate in the festival. The rich programme includes military competitions, tournaments and fortress siege, medieval crafts workshops, interactive games, contests and activities for children and adults, such as forge, pottery, joinery, playground for children, petting zoo, archaeological site, bow shooting range, handicraft shops, as well as a series of horse and fire shows, ancient and folk music and dances.
Please contact the Organizers for confirmation and further details.
Info & Contact
Center of historical reenactment “Kaup”
Tel.: +7 9114507386 (Angelica)
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/251413561725664/
VKontakte page: https://vk.com/kaup39
Zelenogradsk city administration
Tel.: +7 4015031362
Images: Center of historical reenactment “Kaup”
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