The European Medieval Festival reflects the market town of Horsens in the Middle Ages from the beginning of the period in 1350 to the end with the Reformation in 1536. For two days every year the entire present-day city of Horsens is transformed into a village from the 15th century.
The town is filled with stalls, active workshops, music, theatre, and entertainment.
The theme in 2013 focuses on the medieval castle and life behind the battlements with workshops, combat training, trade, and everyday pursuits. Outside the safety of the fortified walls, the enemy lays siege in their camp and brave knights prepare for the big charge.
Fire-eaters, drunkards and beggars mingle with festival goers while merchants, pilgrims, indulgence sellers, and whores hawk good advice, goods, and services to the sound of tramping horses, bagpipes and drums.
In the old churches, experience medieval weddings, and outside, knights battle fiercefully for the favours of the women.
Some 5, 000 musicians, knights, performers, craftsmen, stall holders and actors from Italy, England, the Czech Republic, Germany, Sweden and Denmark are on hand for the two-day event.
European Medieval Festival 2013 Website