“MENSK STARAZHYTNY” 2018: AN OVERVIEW

1812 troops gunfire, clanking of the swords of the Medieval knights and Roman legionaries, festive fireworks – that’s how the site of “Mensk Starazhytny”, a festival of history and culture, echoed around the capital of Belarus. This year among the craftspeople of  the festival’s Town of All Trades a stall from St Elisabeth Convent was presented.

Looking back on how it went

For two days, September 8-9, within the frameworks of the City Day Celebrations the downtown of Minsk turned into one huge festive site with open-air entertainments, concerts of Belarusian musicians, sporting competitions and a half-marathon. And not far from the crossing of Pobeditelei and Masherova avenues historical reconstruction clubs  from Belarus and abroad set their camps. Minsk citizens and guests had an opportunity to take a selfie with a Roman legionary and a Belarusian nobleman from the Middle ages. One could try on suits of armour and a chain mail, as well as sit at a common table and taste some “soldier’s porridge” (porridge mixed with stewed vegetables and meat).

Nearby there was arranged an arena where for two days knight tournaments and reconstructions of the 1812 War battles took place. The guardsmen of the “Scottish Foot Troops” could show their strength and valour as well.

Did you know that during the times of The Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth a lot of Scotsmen immigrated to the territory of the modern Belarus? They were Catholics who refused to accept the Protestant faith and served in troops as mercenaries. Even the wealthiest family of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania had its own Scottish guards. This and more was told to the guests of the festival by the members of the “Scottish Foot Troops” club from the town of Molodechno. The club makes reconstructions of the life of Scottish mercenaries of the 16th century who served in the troops across the European continent.
"Менск старажытны" 2018
"Менск старажытны" 2018
"Менск старажытны" 2018
"Менск старажытны" 2018
"Менск старажытны" 2018
"Менск старажытны" 2018
"Менск старажытны" 2018
"Менск старажытны" 2018

 

What did the sisters offer to the guests?

The highlight of the sister’s display was the workshop on calligraphy. Visitors got acquainted with the technique of “exemplary writing”, as this art is sometimes called, and learned about the introduction of writing on the slavic lands.

Part of the stall was given to the selling of the products made in the convent’s workshops. Unique ceramics, stained glass souvenirs, as well as items made in the smithery and leather workshops of the convent were popular with the public. The sisters’ stall couldn’t do without gastronomic specialties, such as candied fruit, marshmallow and rahat lakoum.

Ярмарка мастеров, стенд Свято-Елисаветинского монастыря. "Менск старажытны" 2018
Ярмарка мастеров, стенд Свято-Елисаветинского монастыря. "Менск старажытны" 2018
Ярмарка мастеров, стенд Свято-Елисаветинского монастыря. "Менск старажытны" 2018
Ярмарка мастеров, стенд Свято-Елисаветинского монастыря. "Менск старажытны" 2018
Мастер-класс по каллиграфии. Фестиваль "Менск старажытны" 2018
Мастер-класс по каллиграфии. Фестиваль "Менск старажытны" 2018
Мастер-класс по каллиграфии. Фестиваль "Менск старажытны" 2018

 

As all that is good, holidays tend to come to an end very soon. Now Minsk has plunged into a post-festive mood. The citizens are sharing their emotions and impressions: social networks are a riot of hundreds of colorful photos. And very soon preparations for the next Birthday of our capital city (952th!) will start, where we’ll see each other again!