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The Abbey Medieval Festival is the premier annual event in the Moreton Bay Region, of Queensland, which focuses on an accurate depiction of life in the medieval period. Each year up to 30,000 visitors converge on the site to enjoy this spectacular event. The festival allows visitors to become immersed in the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of life during this period. Participants come from all over Australia and New Zealand; these include re-enactors, exhibitors, musicians, street performers, and stall holders. This year there will be more than 40 different re-enactor groups comprising of more than a thousand medieval re-enactors, representing a thousand years of history in different time periods and regions with each team will displaying the traditional skills and crafts associated with their era and groups. The festival begins with banquets, a knighting ceremony, and expands into the week-end of jousting, falconry, feasting, song and dance. The event caters for visitors of all ages; suggested itineraries for families with children which are outlined on the website.
The festival has been successfully run by the Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology for the past 29 years. The museum has been a major cultural icon in the Moreton Bay Region since 1986. The proceeds from the festival go towards continual expansion, conservation of the collection and extensive educational programs. The philosophy of the museum is experiential learning through fun and participation.
The experience of this festival enables personal connections with the past, in the present day, facilitating incredible memories for the future.