|An insider's guide to little-known places to go and things to see in Dubrovnik|
A NEW-BORN CULTURAL EVENT WITH LOTUS-LIKE CHARACTERISTICS
Historical Fair is a new-born cultural event that brought back Dubrovnik its aureole. Young native people inspired by the vision of past times gave all their enthusiasm to make this event an unavoidable part of summer experience for any tourist.
So, if you are a person who likes to visit imaginary worlds from time to time, Dubrovnik just might be the perfect place for you. Walk down the ancient streets and squares of Old Town surrounded by knights fighting with swords, maidens falling into their arms, jugglers making fool of themselves just to make you laugh, dancers and singers reminding of the beauty of renaissance music... This is just the glimpse of what can be deeply engraved in your memory when you find yourself actually there.
I am not making this up, "Been there, done that!" Trust me...
A Renaissance Event
This unique happening that takes you five centuries back in time lasts for eight days in the beginning of July. Why so brief, you may ask? Well, 2006 is only the fourth year Medieval Fair started appearing in the great theatrical stage of Old Town. As I said, it is a new-born child.
It has been initiated by association Ragvsevm (pronounced "raguseum"), young people that are trying their best to make this event a whole summer experience. Their vision is so strong that if you keep coming back to Dubrovnik year after year, you'll witness its growth into a shining lotus...
In every corner of the Old Town you will be amazed by some scene from ancient past of Dubrovnik. These scenes are performed by the artists around the world as well as members of the association Ragvsevm. For example, as soon as you enter inside the walls of the Old Town and start walking down the main street Stradun, a young aristocrat couple in renaissance costumes will greet you with a reverence (old-fashioned bow when greeting someone and showing respect). They will pose for the photo and offer you a selection of hand-made parchments with old geographical maps.
The Fair itself is a combination of renaissance and medieval singing, dancing, fencing and various kinds of comic street performances with a historical theme. A special thing to mention is the medieval market that represents the core of the Fair. It is set in the oldest part of Dubrovnik, Boškovićeva Poljana. The market offers different hand-made products and souvenirs.
Ghosts in Rector's Palace
Those who like the skill of archery (or would like to try for the first time) can prove their precision ability right at the market. You will see the fun art of juggling and if you show some interest in it, ask where the daily workshops are kept. Some of the historical characters will point you in the direction of juggling.
Almost entire Medieval Fair is made in interactive way for you to be an integral part of it and feel the awakened old spirit of Dubrovnik. The culture that does not belong only to the people of Dubrovnik, but to anyone who can sense its values...
If you want to find out more about the projects of Renaissance Association Ragvsevm, visit their website: www.ragvsevm.hr