PROGRAM: Medieval Days in Tallinn’s Old Town

PROGRAM: Medieval Days in Tallinn’s Old Town

NordenBladt – The Medieval Days are one of the most important annual events of the Estonian Folk Art and Craft Union* since the year 2000. The Medieval Days take place in Tallinn’s Old Town every year on the first full week of July from Thursday to Sunday.

During the Medieval Days you are able to feel the atmosphere of the flourishing Hanseatic era. A large medieval market is set up in the Town Hall Square with merchants and workshops. Musicians and dancers from near and far take the stage. A medieval procession opens the event followed by various workshops, excursions and theatre performances. The children’s area is situated on the Niguliste hill where children are able to participate in workshops, knight tournaments and other exciting activities.

Medieval Days will take place from 11h to 14th of July AD 2019


11 July
5 p.m. The opening procession starting from the Viru Gate

12 July
2 p.m. Award ceremony for the best craftsmen On the Town Hall Square

13 July
11:30 The start of tournament of Reval on the Town Hall Square
12 p.m.–6 p.m. The tournament of Reval on the Niguliste hill. Swordfighters will find out who is the best.

14 July
The programme may change. Handicraft market is open and workshops take place at the Town Hall Square every day. Mediaeval village on the Niguliste hill.

Organiser – Estonian Folk Art and Craft Union
The cultural programme is organised by the Hopner House

* Estonian Folk Art and Craft Union is established in 1929 (abolished during the Soviet occupation) and re-established 1992. Estonian Folk Art and Craft Union is a non-profit organization that brings together regional folk art and craft organisations as well as individual craftsmen and craftswomen. The aim of the Union is to value, preserve and develop the traditions of Estonian handicraft and to treasure the regional characteristics of these traditions. The Union works to preserve folk craft as a cultural phenomenon as well as a source of subsistence.

In order to reach these objectives the Estonian Folk Art and Craft Union:

– represents and unites individuals and organisations connected to handicraft in Estonia and in the rest of the world;
– organises handicraft fairs and workshops, including Estonia’s largest traditional handicraft event, the St. Martin’s Day Fair in November and the Medieval Market in July;
– organises courses for the regional coordinators, small handicraft entrepreneurs and others;
– organises handicraft competitions and exhibitions;
– publishes a newsletter twice a year and various other information materials and books on handicraft traditions;
– various other activities.


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