JORTH GAR – NEW VARANGIAN GUARD

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JORTH GAR – NEW VARANGIAN GUARD

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Jorth Gar is based on the Gold Coast in Queensland, but have affiliated branches from Stanthorpe, to Rockhampton, to Northern NSW. They are a professional, active group that can field the largest infantry battle force in Queensland and quite possibly Australia.

Jorth Gar concentrates its living history re-enactment primarily on the earlier Varangian Guardsmen of Viking origin, and their many exploits and accomplishments.

These Mercenaries were originally from Sweden and had spent many years of service with Prince Vladimir in Russia, taking down rivals and helping him to subjugate his lands. They had become furious with the Prince’s “incapacity to pay them correctly” and had demanded to be “shown the way to Constantinople”. When Basil II had requested military aid from Vladimir to take down his rival Vardhas Phokas, Vladimir sent these “unruly warriors” to help and rid himself of their financial burden.

Jorth Gar portray the original Scandinavian Mercenaries who were given to Basil II in 988 CE (as part of a military and trade alliance), who formed the nucleus of the Varangian Guard and became his imperial bodyguard in the palace and on the battle field. They cover up until 1066, where the composition of the Guard started to change, and the “Viking era” ended.

As the treaty between the Rus and Byzantines was also a trading one, many Scandinavian, Slav and Rus merchants and artisans would have accompanied this force to Constantinople to take advantage of this. Some would establish trade routes, others would seek employment in the Byzantine army to help equip its soldiers. Jorth Gar have a strong artisan / craftsman focus as a result.

Order of the Horse

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ORDER OF THE HORSE

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In the Year of the Horse came the ‘Order of the Horse’, a group of elite Medieval horse warriors.

Order of the Horse is a historical re-enactment group of elite riders and mounted/foot combat, who work along side many other groups. Order of the Horse conducts displays on 12th, early 13th and 14th century horses, cavalry, archery, armour and cooking. They also focus on the history of the 12th, early 13th and 14th century knights and their horses, clothing, etc, with a particular focus on the 2nd and 3rd crusades including Saracens.

The members of the group are veterans of the Abbey Medieval Festival and Tournament for last 15 years, that once belonged to other Abbey groups. This group is well respected by QLHF and ALHF and performs at other interstate events as well as the Festival. The members and horses are also internationally prized as one of Australia’s top Napoleonic equestrians. The head and founder of the group was also on the Abbey build board 2015 and is one of the key knights and performers that has been bringing trained horses to the Abbey for the last 10 years.

Blackwolf

Meet the Re-enactor Groups 2016

BLACKWOLF

 

It was a feature of medieval warfare that armies tended to live off the invaded land, foraging wherever they could. In Outremer, the Middle East as we know it today, crops were grown and gathered around the water sources. Controlling the water sources and supply routes meant that you controlled the land.

Invading forces attempted to set up supply lines but often in Crusader times, supplies from overseas failed to arrive and often was too little, too late. Supplies had to be easily transported, not spoil and all fresh meat herded “on the hoof”. To alleviate this, Blackwolf – a 12th-13th century Crusader group – traversed the caravan routes, posing as Bedouin Traders, trading where they could, often preying on opposition caravans for vital supplies.

 

Blackwolf were a mixture of European nationalities, local Armenian, Christian Arab, and mercenaries from the plains of the Danube, the Magyars and Kipchak. Any who would join Blackwolf to further Christian interests. This mix of nationalities demonstrated differing garb and customs, and, they use this to reflect a variety of cultures and traditions for the public interest. Some Blackwolf members are combatants, whose principal function is the crash and bash of medieval combat. They are also finding ways to enhance their camp each year expanding crafts and skills such as medieval medicine, Bedouin coffee ceremony, Bedouin cooking and cheese-making. Also adding bone carving and linen production from growing flax. The Bedouin tended to rob wild bee colonies where honey was used as a “currency” and the wax was used to make candles.

Black Wolf

Blackwolf have chosen to portray these Middle Eastern and Eastern cultures in their encampment because this was a little known and unexplored aspect of medieval life. The 12th-13th centuries is a fascinating time of social upheaval, progress and changes in thinking, trade goods and textiles. If nothing else, exposure to eastern trade, medicine and foodstuffs, even the game of chess, did much to renovate Western Europe. There is a great interest in medieval life, what they ate, what they wore and what were their customs so Blackwolf seek to present this to the public in an authentic and enjoyable manner.

 

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Meet the Jousters – Part 2 2016

Meet some more exciting new faces for the Jousting Tournament this year! Please welcome Jousters new and old:

Jouster Anthony Hodges – Australia

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Anthony is a full time horse trainer. He has been competitively Jousting since 2014, and is a member of the Kryal Castles Mounted Knights. He is regular participant in Jousting and Skill At Arms Tournaments, and was the 2015 Timeline Skill At Arms Champion.

Motto: “Ad vincere honorem – To conquer with honour”

 

Jouster Kimberly Belcher AKA Lady Freya Erynn – Australia 

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Lady Freya (Kimberley Belcher) is a 25 year old from Queensland. She made her debut at the 2015 Abbey Medieval Tournament, where she got to test her skills against some of the best. Returning this year, she is keen to compete again.

Kimberly has been immersed in jousting and medieval culture from the beginning of her riding. Training alongside the legendary pair, the Lady Elizabeth and her partner ‘Shanks’ and all the wonderful horses at Moonlight Manor, Kimberly has completed her joust training upon the horse Strider .

Descendant of a light horseman, she is ready to do her heritage proud and compete with honour, as she competes on home turf. The 2016 Abbey Medieval Tournament will be her second competitive joust. Competing in 15th Century German Gothic armour she’s sure to make an impression, and will be easy to spot in her green (Viridis) and blue (Caeruleus) colours, under the banner of the white stag. She’s confident for a great result from this year’s joust.

Motto: “per prudentiam, non virtutem – by wisdom, not power”

Jouster Luke Binks – Australia 

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Luke Binks is Australian born and bred, with a lifelong passion for knights and the chivalric culture of the middle ages.

Luke started to make armour, learn to fight and ride horses in 2001. The next year, Luke was competing in his first international joust. Since then Luke has competed in tournaments in roughly a dozen countries across the globe and lived on three different continents, all in search of like-minded people making “the ultimate pass with a lance, or a skilled clash of a sword.”

 

Stay tuned for part 3 of “Meet the Jousters 2016!”

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New Ticket Prices for 2016

Are you ready for the Abbey Medieval Festival 2016?!

We certainly are! So to get you started, we would love to give you some information on the ticket prices for this year.

medieval festivalTickets will on sale VERY SOON, so make sure you subscribe to our newsletter to be the first to know!

The Festival will run, like normal, over the 2 day weekend, on the 9th and 10th July, but if you’re just wanting to come for 1 day, your ticket price for an adult will be $31.50 if you prepay online, or $37.00 at the gate on the day.

If you’re wanting the full experience of the WHOLE weekend (both Saturday and Sunday), an adult ticket will cost you just $42.00 if prepay online, or $47.50 at the gate.

To watch any one of our amazing and authentic Jousts, grab your ticket at just $4.00 per person per session.

The Medieval Festival is an entirely different experience than you’ve ever had before, and we can almost guarantee you will find something you absolutely love here, so why not bring the whole family and enjoy a lovely day out, or the whole weekend! For a family ticket for just the 1 day, you’re looking at just $84.00 if you prepay online, or $90.00 at the gate. We would love you to bring the family for the whole weekend, and at just $92.00 for prepaid tickets ($99 at the gate), why wouldn’t you?!

If you are after the FULL experience, in your very own luxury seating, then our VIP experience is what you need. You will be treated to your own private guided entrance into the Festival and a carpark space for VIPs only. Once inside, you will be invited to indulge in a served morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea, along with your own VIP’s only bar. And a VIP only toilet aswell, so no long waits in lines! Premium seating at all Jousts is included in your ticket, so you won’t miss out on any of the action in the arena! A VIP ticket will cost you  $174 for the day, and with meals, drinks, and all Jousts included, this is great value for money.

If you would like to take it up a notch and really immerse yourself even more in the Medieval way of life, attending one of our beautiful Banquets is definitely for you. Gather some friends, have fun dressing up in some amazing and glorious clothing of that Era, and enjoy an enormous Medieval feast at our deluxe banquet tables! We host 2 Banquets, the first on the 25th June and the second on the 2nd July. You can purchase tickets to these Banquets online very soon, from $95 per ticket.

For more information on all tickets types including children, concession and carers, please see our website VERY SOON.

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Meet the Jousters – Part 1 2016

The Jousts at the Abbey Medieval Festival are one of the main attractions, and draw in people with a love of that Era, as well as the general public alike. We welcome the Jousters from previous years, as well as the new faces (and horses) to our 2016 Abbey Medieval Festival!

Please meet some of the Jousters for 2016

 Jouster Alison Mercer – Canada

Riding since childhood, Alison took up jousting in 2010 and rode her first international tournament in 2012. Since then she has ridden extensively throughout Canada and the USA. In 2014, she was the first western Canadian to joust in the southern hemisphere, winning Tournament Australis of the Southern Cross series, and making her debut at Abbey Medieval Festival. Alison is thrilled to return to Abbey in 2016 and counts Australia as one of her favourite countries to visit, even with the deadly wildlife.

Motto: Fortiter et Fideliter (Boldly and Faithfully)

Heraldry: Representing her family and her affinity for the Holy Roman Empire. The dexter side of the shield represents the Mercer coat-of-arms and the sinister side portrays the triband of the Archduchy of Austria as a homage to Kaiser Maximilian.

Jouster Justin Holland – Australia

One of the progenitors of the modern sport of jousting, Justin has been jousting since 1996, and since then has jousted in most states of Australia, New Zealand, Belgium, France and Poland. He was hired to set up and train the joust team for the new Kryal Castle, Ballarat, in 2012. Justin now runs Nova Hollandia Entertainment, a historical education and entertainment company in NSW, has been runner up at the Abbey Tournament 7 times, and Champion 3 times!

Motto: Invictus in animo (Unconquered in spirit)

Heraldry: Trois argent fleur de lys, gules ( 3 white fleur de lys on a red field).

Jouster Marc Hamel – Canada

Marc is a Veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces, armourer and sculptor. He has been a Jouster since 2006, and has participated in over 20 International tournaments in Belgium, France, England, Poland, Italy, USA and Canada. He was the Team Champion of the Lys d’Argent in Canada in 2012, has the Honor of Chivalry of the King John III (Poland 2013) and was Champion of the Revel (California,USA, 2014).

Motto: “Allons-y” meaning let’s go

Check back again soon for more on our Jousters for 2016!

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Meet Our New Event Manager!

With the Abbey Medieval Festival coming up again in July, we’d like to introduce to you our new, wonderful and very excited Event Manager for the Festival,

Colleen Ogilvie!

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A little from Colleen about herself, her life, and what about the Festival and her job that she loves!

“So, a little bit of ‘goss’ about me hey? The new Event Manager for the Abbey Medieval Festival!

Where to start.. I live locally at Bribie Island (and yes, my husband organised a pre-nup agreement – I had to be prepared to live here for the rest of my life or no marriage – so of course I said yes to this terrible demand!!)

I love horses (I have competed and even done a bit of horse archery!) and arty/crafty stuff. I love making things (when I have the time) and doing a bit of sewing – tending to make creative clothing without patterns – just working it out as I go! I love nature and getting out into the great outdoors – very much at home in a simple camping environment! Our family spent 2 months in 2015 travelling to the Kimberleys and doing the Gibb River Road – just loved it!!

I have a work history of being involved in office administration, events coordinating and running an award-winning family tourism business. However, one day in late 2011, I decided I needed to do something JUST for myself…. So, I volunteered at the Abbey Museum of Art & Archaeology as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Abbey Medieval Festival. No small task, but one I thoroughly loved – both the challenge and the ultimate fulfilment of supporting all the wonderful volunteers.

I was doing this role as well as being a wife, mother and running our charter boat tourism business so it was a pretty hectic time for a while until we sold the business in late 2012.

Volunteers have been a passion of mine since putting in place the volunteer team for the first local Urban Country Music Festival for the then Caboolture Shire Council.

So over the past 4+ years I have been involved in the Maxime Heroica (volunteer team) for the Festival. After the business sale, due to my range of skills, I have been able to work at the Museum in various roles such as helping with the Museum events, crowd funding, and group visits.

With Edie moving into other important growth areas of the Museum, it was a major unexpected surprise when this role was offered to me. I certainly did not see it coming!! I was both very humbled as well as excited to be more involved in such an amazing event. I see it as a way to support the Museum and it’s ethos as well as all the people involved in the Festival – the re-enactors, the volunteers, and the co-ordinators just to name a few.

I work with the ideals of co-operation and believing in people – working with our strengths as well as our weaknesses and finding the best way forward for all. Nothing is right or wrong – it is about the correct ‘fit’, leaving our personal ‘agendas’ behind and making the best decision to achieve the best end result.

I am loving the challenge and I have enormous support from the 25 other co-ordinators of the Festival, as well as the Museum staff, volunteers and of course Edie, Michael and the Board of the Museum. This is certainly not a role that can be done on ones own! It takes a team!

And an amazing team at that! I am VERY excited about what this years Festival will bring. Not just in entertainment and experiences, but in growing the sense of comradeship, goodwill and greater cooperation between all those involved.

I am really looking forward to enjoying this years Festival with you all!”

We welcome Colleen with open arms into this new role, and put behind her all of our support, belief and trust that she will, along with Edie and the entire team, bring you a bigger and better Festival than ever before!

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Are you our Graphic Designer for the 2016 Festival?

COMPETITION TIME!

APPLY NOW to win the opportunity to become our official volunteer Graphic Designer of the 2016 Abbey Medieval Festival!

How:

1. Submit your concept design for the 2016 Abbey Medieval Festival Poster using image/s from our 2015 gallery on this website before the 23rd of October to marketing@abbeytournament.com

2. Include in your submission a concept design for the Abbey Medieval Festival Facebook Page Cover Image.

3. Make sure you are a fan/friends of the Abbey Medieval Festival on Facebook Page.

4. Include a brief description of any history you may have with the Abbey Museum or Medieval Festival (visitor, enthusiast, reenactor, performer etc)

5. In 100 words or less, or 35 seconds on Video, tell us why you are the perfect person to be our designer for the 2016 Abbey Medieval Festival.

NOTE: This is not a paid position.

Winner will receive a prize of $1,000 AUD

Winner must be an Australian citizen or Permanent resident.


What is involved in being the Graphic Designer for 2016?

1. Working to briefs set by the Marketing Manager to develop the following collateral within set timelines;

Website Header and buttons

Social Media covers

Emails banners

Supporter logos

Ticket artwork

Official Program and Map

Flyers

Poster

Other groovy things as discussed between the Marketing manager and winner, subject to time available.

What you recieve as a reward for being the 2016 Graphic Designer?

1. $1,000 upon completion of accepted collateral

2. LinkedIn Endorsement

3. Body of Work for your portfolio, for an award winning significant regional event.

Please do not apply to be our Graphic Designer in 2016 if;

1. You do not have at least one day per week to devote to communication, artwork and edits, between the Beginning of November 2015 and the end of June 2016.

2. You do not have a passion for the Museum or the Festival.

3. You do not have a passion for engaging audiences through your artwork.

To let us know you are VERY KEEN, or for more information, please contact Sues on marketing@abbeytournament.com