Whether you’re new to the Abbey Medieval Festival or are familiar with the tournaments and attend every year, this year is set to be bigger and better than ever! This blog will keep you updated as the program develops and we hope it will serve as a reference to keep you informed.
What’s new in 2018
The ultimate medieval experience – this year, patrons will have the pleasure of hearing the melodic tones of our harpist Raven Lamont; while they partake in authentic medieval h and washing prior to an evening filled with sumptuous food and enchanting performances. Our theme this year is around Peacocks, and please read our blog telling all about this subject to find out more. The banquet experience is something that you will think and talk about for a long time – you have to do it at least once! Wondering what’s to eat and drink? Wonder no more….Menu 2018 and Banquet Beverage Menu.
This year, along with existing four tournaments of the festival (namely the jousting, the Turkish oil wrestling, the tournament of strength and skill, the Archery), a fifth tournament will be added. Presented to you by Staraya ladoga (Stray Dogs), this group which is based around Brisbane re-enacts the periods from 900-1000AD, Dark Ages or Early Middle Ages.
This year, along with existing four tournaments of the festival (namely the jousting, the Turkish oil wrestling, the tournament of strength and skill, the Archery), a fifth tournament will be added.
Presented to you by Staraya ladoga (Stray Dogs), this group which is based around Brisbane re-enacts the periods from 900-1000AD, Dark Ages or Early Middle Ages.
The Rus Vikings from Staraya Ladoga offer the opportunity to observe the aspects of life of a bygone era and demonstrate influences gained through trade and the exploration of their surroundings. Their campsite displays traditional Rus Viking style tents, cooking hearth with period equipment, woodworked items including seating and chests made from patterns in archaeological Viking finds. Activity at the campsite includes traditional Viking activities—tanning of hides using traditional natural tanning methods, longbow archery, cooking and craft activities. Evenings are spent feasting, carousing with copious quantities of ale and mead, music and Skaldic verse. In between performances, the Stray Dogs work on clothing research and construction by hand, shoe-making, armour and weapon production by hand and social get-togethers. And this year, they present – The Holmgang!
In Norse society, a Holmgang was a duel, a means to settle a dispute through combat where resolution couldn’t be found through legal talks and negotiation. Social status was irrelevant, a person of any social status could be challenged. From Onomatopoeia alone, you can guess that this is going to be arduous – the Holmgang – is a Viking way to sort out disagreements. Practiced by early medieval Scandinavians, in theory, regardless of your social status, if you have been insulted or offended, you can call for a Holmgang. Examples of disagreement could be over matters of honour, property, legal or to avenge a friend. The duel can take place on a small piece of land, or even a cloak and Holmgangs can end in the death or incapacitation of the other – although the Abbey Medieval Festival Holmgang – will not. Holmgang can be translated to “to go to (or walk on) a small island”, or “island walk”.
The Holmgang was typically confined to the area of a cloak or hide placed on the ground—participants had to stay within this marked boundary.
At the Abbey Medieval Festival, this marks a new tournament, rounding out to five. The Holmgang will be conducted in a round robin cycle—a process of elimination until a combatant is victorious. The winner will be decided on Sunday afternoon where they will be presented with the Armfield Shield and an official Abbey Tournament trophy during the presentation of the champions.
Please keep in mind these festival rules which are necessary to keep everyone safe.
- The Abbey Medieval Festival is a licensed venue, and no BYO or consumption of alcohol outside defined areas is not permitted
- There is a first aid and medical response team onsite, they are located at the main gate (next to the Public safety Operations Centre), and there are mobile responders throughout the site. If you need first aid assistance, just talk to the security and safety team or one of our helpful volunteers
- Due to recent events, all patrons’ bags will be searched
- While the festival encourages our patrons to fully immerse themselves in the medieval experience, we ask that if you intend to bring a weapon (this includes replicas and some wooden items) to the festival that you will need to apply for a permit. As per 2017 we are charging $2.00 for the permit with all funds going towards the stain glass window preservation. For further information on this process, feel free to contact the Public Risk, Operations and Risk Manager via firstname.lastname@example.org
- Police, Security and Public Safety Officers are on site to provide for a safe, healthy and secure Abbey Medieval Festival
Get your tickets now to ensure you don’t miss out on any of the amazing experiences brought to you by the Abbey Medieval Festival team.