Traditional Rękawka Festival 2019

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  • Tuesday, April 23, 2019, 11:30 AM-6:00 PM

On 23 April, we go on a dazzling adventure back in time to the middle ages where we will learn the secrets of ancient medicine and magic. The Traditional Rękawka Festival at the Krakus Mound recalls pagan rites celebrating the arrival of spring and promising prosperity and a bountiful harvest in the coming year.

On the first Tuesday after Easter, we will discover what life was like in mediaeval settlements and learn how Slavic, Scandinavian and Hungarian tribes maintained hygiene, treated illnesses, cared for wounds and dealt with “unfortunate events”. We will seek advice from witches, Scandinavian goði, shamans, alchemists and herbalists, take a peek at a Slavic village and admire clothes worn at the time.

Events culminate with a re-enactment of a battle between Vistulans and invaders. But before the warriors raise their weapons, two witches engage in a duel to appeal to their respective deities to protect their troops. Events are organised by the Podgórze Cultural Centre, coinciding with celebrations of its 35th anniversary. (bf)

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