Monday, 17 August 2015

The Prairie Paladin Medieval Market and Faire

The Museum of Antiquities at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) will host its annual Prairie Paladin Medieval Market and Faire on Saturday, September 26th, 2015.

As part of the national Culture Days initiative, the Museum of Antiquities is hosting its third annual medieval festival from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm in he Bowl and at Nobel Plaza on the U of S campus. The public will be able to enjoy combat demonstrations, a medieval market, musical and dance performances, games and children’s activities. The event will be run by Museum volunteers and community groups including the Society for Creative Anachronism, the Nordhere Viking Living History Re-Enactors, the Saskatoon Historical Fencing Society and the Saskatchewan Archaeological Society.

The museum’s previous festivals known as Weapons and Warriors and Return of the Kynge sparked an interest in the community, which led to the creation of The Prairie Paladin Medieval Market and Faire in 2014, which received more than 700 visitors.

“We are so happy to see how much the festival has grown in such a relatively short time since its inception,” said Courtney Tuck, the former event co-ordinator of the festival. “It is always so exciting to see so many members of the local community coming out, getting involved and engaging with history.”

This family-friendly medieval festival is the only one of its kind in Saskatchewan, making it a unique experience for local community members who are unable to travel long distances to other medieval festivals in Canada and the United States. The museum’s goal is to create a medieval festival that will generate awareness of past cultures that still influence the world today, including not only medieval European culture, but also the First Nations cultures of Saskatchewan.
The Museum of Antiquities, located in the Peter MacKinnon Building at the U of S, houses art work from the ancient Near East, Greece, Rome, and the medieval world. The museum’s collection contains both original artifacts and replicas.

For more information, contact:
Helanna Miazga, Museum of Antiquities
Room 116 Peter MacKinnon Building, 107 Administration Place
University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A2
(306) 966-7818

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