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LEAD PARTNER IN THE PROJECT "CROSSROADS 2.0" AT THE VIKINGS FESTIVAL IN ELBLAG

2013-08-20
Project team members from I. Kant Baltic Federal University, acting as the Lead Partner in the Project "Crossroads 2.0 – Lagoons as the cultural and historical crossroads of peoples in the South-Eastern Baltic area" (LPR1/010/001) under ENPI CBC Programme Lithuania-Poland-Russia 2007-2013, visited II stage Reenactment and Music Festival in Elblag (Poland), "Peoples of the Baltic", which took place from 15 to 18 August 2013.


The Festival brought together over 300 re-enactors, musicians and craftsmen from Poland, Lithuania, Kaliningrad oblast and Byelorussia. The Festival organiser in Elblag was "ELBLAG-EUROPE" Association, the project partner.

During 4 days of the Festival over 7,5 thousand people visited its various events.

The Festival was taking the grounds by Elblag River bank, a stone's throw away from the Old Town. With its very wide-ranging programme the Festival offered many interesting experiences and attractions for both participants and guests. The visitors could try on the Vikings armours, admire and buy various pieces of craftwork and jewelry, they could try hand in pottery and make vase or crockery and even sail a Vikings boat replica. There were many competitions for children, like drawing, archery, pottery and even Vikings mini-fighting.

The Festival had a very nice atmosphere. Participants and guests were open and friendly and were eager to mix and share their impressions.

Alina Wisznewskaya, Elblang resident: «We are happy to have such event here. Each year we come to the Festival, and this year it is ever more ambitious and interesting. There are many international participants, music is very nice. We like it very much and hope to have the Festival next year gain.»

Elena, Kaliningrad: «We just came to Elblag for a weekend, and surprisingly found this great holiday! We wish to have more of such events.»

Anna Belova, "CROSSROADS 2.0" Project Manager: «The event shoes top level of organization, every visitor can find something to his or her liking, but most importantly, we can eye-witness the history and learn many interesting things about our cross-border territory.»




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