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Medieval and Renaissance Events 2017

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Published February 16th 2017
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It's time for another listing of those fairs, faires, fayres, carnivals, melees and other festivities that celebrate the medieval, renaissance and similar themes and Australia has a host of them.

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Festivals vary in terms of their size and focus, some cover several historical periods and contemporary and future themes as well. Historical re-enactors, colourful pageantry, jousting, battles, music, dancing, theatre, feasting, artistry and crafts are customary and many of the festivals feature medieval encampments and vendors of medieval style goods. If you like LOTR, GOT, LARP, Vikings and similar themes then you will most likely enjoy these events. The kids aren't forgotten either as most of the festivals are family friendly and have kids' activities and games as part of the program.

As it is as yet early in the year, the latest information on events may not be available and you might need to be patient until websites and Facebook pages are updated from last year's events. It also happens that dates, venues and programs can change along the way, so it's a good idea to the check out the latest information on the organisation's website and Facebook page before setting out to attend an event.

Here's what's on in 2017 by state and then by date:

NEW SOUTH WALES


1. ROWANY FESTIVAL
April 13 - 18, High Range

Rowany Festival is the largest event in the Kingdom of Lochac, in the Society for Creative Anachronism hosted by the Barony of Rowany. Expect some spectacular combat tournaments, arts, crafts and science classes, market stalls, singing, dancing, feasts and balls. Read more about it here.

2. IRONFEST "Lost World"
April 22 & 23, Lithgow

While full details are yet to be announced, it's sure to be an amazing weekend. There's not only the medieval but also steampunk, sci-fi, cosplay, pro wrestling and more. To keep up with the latest news as it becomes available see their Facebook page.

3. AUSTRALIAN CELTIC FESTIVAL
May 4 – 7, Glen Innes

This year's festival "Year of Ireland" offers a smorgasboard of music, food, stalls, exhibitions, ceremonies and events. See their Facebook page for the latest news.

4. BLACKTOWN CITY MEDIEVAL FAYRE
May 20 & 21, Doonside

See their Facebook page for more information as it becomes available.

5. VANGUARD MID-WINTER GATHERING
June 9 – 12, Wyee

Battles, games, workshops, feasting and more. Vanguard has an interest in combat throughout history so battles can contain groups from different historical periods from ancient times to the 17th century.onwards. See the event's Facebook page for the latest info.

6. WINTERFEST SDYNEY MEDIEVAL FAIR
July 1 & 2, Richmond

Check their Facebook page to keep up to date with information as it becomes available.

7. ST IVES MEDIEVAL FAIRE
September 23 & 24, St Ives

Dates are set but full details are not yet available. Check their Facebook page for updates.

Also keep an eye out for Coraki Events Medieval Melee.

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QUEENSLAND


1. HISTORY ALIVE: A JOURNEY THROUGH TIME
June 10 & 11, Fort Lytton National Park

History Alive features activities of the Roman, Viking, Medieval, Napoleonic, Colonial, Victorian and Modern Eras. Colonial Dance workshops, Fort Lytton Guided Tours and Historical Discussions, battle re-enactments, Viking Cooking demonstrations, the Medieval Tournament and cannon firings are some of the fun on offer. The kids will have plenty to do with Costume Competitions, Kid's Historical Colouring Corner and a variety of children's encampment activities. See their website and Facebook page for further information.

2. ABBEY MEDIEVAL FESTIVAL
July 8 & 9 - Tournament Days
June 24 and July 1 - Medieval Banquets
Caboolture

One of the most well known and popular historical festivals in Australia. Featuring jousting, feasting, performances, displays, workshops, music, falconry and much, much more. Tickets on sale in March. For more information see their website and Facebook page.

3. VIKING CULTURE DAY
September 10, Eagle Heights

Jorth Gar garrison of the non-profit New Varangian Guard Inc Living History Society are involved with a range of re-enactment events including the Abbey Medieval Festival. The Viking Culture Day highlights their skill at arms with armoured combatants, blacksmithing, weaving, food, archery targets, live archery javelin and axe throwing competitions and more. See their Facebook page for updates.

4. GOLD COAST RENAISSANCE FAIRE
October date TBA, Robina

Entertainment usually includes short plays, music, tournaments, market stalls, strolling performances, processions and special kids' activitiies. For full details see their website and Facebook page.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA


GUMERACHA MEDIEVAL FAIR
May 6 – 7, Gumeracha

Details TBA, see their Facebook page for updates.

TASMANIA


TASMANIA MEDIEVAL FESTIVAL
October 14 &15, Sheffield

See their Facebook page for more information as it becomes available.

VICTORIA


1. VICTORIAN GOLDFIELDS MEDIEVAL FAIRE
March 11 – 12, Ballarat

A great family-friendly weekend at this Medieval Faire in the Victorian Goldfields with Knights, Jousting and Encampments.See their Facebook page for uptdates.

2. GEELONG HIGHLAND GATHERING
March 19, Corio

The Geelong Highland Gathering is an annual celebration of Scottish culture. Featuring traditional Scottish food, livestock, Scottish breeds dog show, Heavy Games, Highland Dancing competitions, Scottish Country Dancing displays, military and Viking re-enactment groups, martial arts, a Celtic Market, Scottish music including a mass display of pipe bands and kids' activities and events, there really is something for everyone.

3. NATIONAL CELTIC FESTIVAL
June 9 – 12, Portarlington

Traditional and contemporary Celtic music in a range of venues, dance lessons, poetry, workshops for kids and adults and more. See their Facebook page for updates.

4. BATTLE OF BANNOCKBURN TIMELINE FESTIVAL
October 28 & 29, Ballarat
See their Facebook page for the latest news.

5. CAMELOT CASTLE MEDIEVAL VILLAGE FAIR
November 12, Yellingbo

Check their Facebook page for details as they become available.


Also of interest is the Early Arts Guild of Victoria an organisation which promotes Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Arts around Victoria and beyond. They hold occasional events featuring early music and dance. See their annual program for what's on this year.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA


BALINGUP MEDIEVAL CARNIVALE
August 26 & 27, Balingup

See their Facebook page for full details as they become available.

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