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Šilute Town Festival (Lithuania)

24-25.05.2019

This traditional festival is held annually each last Saturday of May, Šilutė town's birthday. It marks the 1511 year when the first tavern was founded in the pinewood. The celebration breezes with traditional culture of the Minor Lithuania region, but there are also many modern activities.

During the festival, people can visit various exhibitions and expositions as well as the festive fair where they can buy various souvenirs. A variety of performances, contests, sports competitions, shows of folklore and contemporary music performances are organized. School communities, youth organizations, as well as elderly people communities and business organizations participate in this event because it is one of the best ways to promote their activities, services and production. The event closes with spectacular fireworks.

The Šilutė Town Festival is one of the biggest events aiming at attracting tourists. It is organised by the Šilutė Culture and Entertainment Center.

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Baltic Stories Event Organising Workshop (Lithuania)

6.06.2019

Go and attend the Baltic Stories workshop in Lithuania! Working language: Lithuanian.

Register here.

Learn about:
• Public-private cooperation model. Why we need it?
• How to sell an event and attract sponsors,
• Instagram use for event promotion.

Rusne Festival (Lithuania)

15.06.2019

In June, all of you are welcome to the one of the biggest festivals in Rusne (the biggest island in Silute District, Lithuania). Rusne Festival for all the family!

• Entertainment for kids;
• Painting school;
• Attractions on water;
• “Song camp” for youth and the final concert;
• Lots of famous musicians and music bands.

Dni Morza_Sail Szczecin 2019 (Poland)

14-16.06.2019

Go onboard the most beautiful tall ships in the world on the Szczecin quay (Poland).

Enjoy oldtime watercrafts, live concerts and amazing start-of-the-summer weather.

Song and Dance Celebration (Latvia)

2019

The Latvian Song and Dance Celebration was established in 1873. In 2018, the Celebration was held in the spirit of the Latvian Independence Centenary. Roughly ¼ of the Latvian population attended the events.

The Song and Dance Celebration has been included in UNESCO's list of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

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Fest of Baltic Herring in Niechorze (Poland)

07.2019

The Fest of Baltic Herring is celebrated in July at the lighthouse in Niechorze (Poland).

You can enjoy:

• tasting herrings from our fishermen,
• sea shanties and meetings with old sailors,
• pirates playing with children,
• cooking competitions,
• regional products and craftsmanship fair,
• a sunset view from the lighthouse in Niechorze.

Let's be there: 54°05'47" N 15°03'57" E .

Hasselörodden (Sweden)

07.2019

Each year on the third Wednesday in July, about 30-40 genuine wooden boats ride from Hasselö to Fiskaretorget in Västervik. A distance takes about 4 hours, depending on the weather. The rowers gather at Hasselö in the morning, wearing clothes from the turn of the century, and then they row together to Västervik.

It has become a tradition of praise in the ancestral traces. This tour was carried out by the residents of the archipelago to sell their products on the market in the city.

When the boats arrive in Västervik, they are welcomed by the audience who wants to see a glimpse of the boats and its rowers. The city is filled with people and the rowers are celebrated with snaps when they come ashore.

In 2019, the boats will be making their cruise for the 40th time.

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The Pickled Cucumber Fair (Poland)

07.2019

The unique green fair in Kalisz Pomorski has a lot of attractions:

• lumberjack competition,
• drowning and picking out barrels with pickled cucumbers,
• Forest Village and eko-workshops,
• lottery and bungee jumping,
• lots of live music.

Rågödagen (Sweden)

07.2019

Rågödagen is a one-day celebration on the Rågö island full of activities revolving around genuine wooden boats from the area of Tjust and Västervik, for the whole family.

• a day that goes in the sign of hemp, crude oil and pine tar every third Saturday of July,
• listen to skippers telling stories and showing their boats and motors,
• meet professional fishermen,
• take part in a sailing competition and a flea market,
• sail or row a wooden boat to experience the feeling,
• visit the boat workshop or the exhibition about different boats used in the archipelago over time,
• try food and drinks served in the restaurant.

Access by passenger boat from Loftahammar.

The Slavs and Vikings festival (Poland)

2-4.08.2019

During the three days of the festival, Wolin transforms into a medieval commercial port. People from all over the world come here to see the most excellent craftspeople present their masterful products. The usually quiet and peaceful settlement becomes a stormy battlefield of the Vikings and Slavs. Wolin is a destination point for the reconstruction groups and the Slavs and Vikings culture explorers from different parts of the world.

The first festival took place in 1993. Its idea relates to the Scandinavian legend of a warrior stronghold Jomsborg. This is the key and at the same time one of the most frequently visited events in the Westpomerania region.

Gotland Medieval Week (Sweden)

4-11.08.2019

Welcome to the largest medieval festival.

One week, 500 events and 40,000 visitors. The Medieval Week is a paradise for all who like jousting, markets, church concerts, street theater, fire shows, storytelling, walks, lectures and more.

The festival runs mainly in Visby's medieval fairytale environments, but also in rural Gotland. Here you will laugh, socialize and enjoy life together with minstrels, noble people, paupers and many more.

International Lighthouse Day (Poland)

08.2019

The International Lighthouse Day is celebrated each 3rd Sunday of August next to the lighthouse in Świnoujście. Check what you can do there:

• Meet the lighthouse keepers,
• Try to win a running race to the lighthouse top,
• Listen to live music,
• See painting and photo exhibitions,
• Have a good time with your children.

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International rally of military vehicles (Poland)

15-18.08.2019

For a few days of August, Borne Sulinowo turns into a military town. Thousands of rally participants, dressed in unique uniforms of various historic period armies, hundreds of military vehicles, wonders of military technology surround reconstructions of historical and thematic adaptations. Everybody may feel like watching a war movie. Visitors can take a ride on a tank, amphibian or other incredible military vehicles.

During the event, musical concerts are held, and a lot of military products (authentic old uniforms, military clothes and accessories) are sold.

The biggest military rally has been organised in Borne Sulinowo for 13 years. The main purpose of the event is promotion of militaries, history and all Westpomerania region.

Banquet of Söderköping (Sweden)

30.08-1.09.2019

The Banquet of Söderköping is a historical event, held every year, and focusing on the periods of the Vikings and the Middle Ages. We offer a variety of quality experiences and activities, both fun and exciting as well as educational, for everyone. The children can try the work of an archeologist and they can also try out different kinds of crafts. The Banquet ends on Sunday with a festive procession through town.

You are invited for:

• Knights with horses in procession,                • Horseshows with horses from Iceland,                • Tournaments,
     • Battle shows,                                                                • Archery shows and competitions,                             • Jesters’ shows,
          • Open stage competition for best performance,          • Lectures on the life of the knights and other subjects,
               • Medieval games and plays for children and adults,            • The Nordic music festival.

Harvest festival in Westpomerania (Poland)

08/09.2019

The Harvest Festival celebrates wealthy crops and passage from summer to autumn.

In Drawsko Pomorskie (Westpomerania), the festival will hold a harvest parade, a traditional harvest celebration, regional fair, folklore groups performances and competitions for participants. Children are welcome :) .

Fish Soup Championship (Lithuania)

09.2019

The traditional Fish Soup Championship is held every first weekend of September in the Šilutė Harbour for small ships.

Every time, more than 3 tonnes of soup is cooked during the Championship. More than 40 teams participate to cook the best traditional soup and to win the Champion Ring.

The Championship is international as teams come from Poland, Sweden, Russia, Germany, Latvia and other.

Griffin Knight Tournament (Poland)

2019

The last documented tournament on the Ducal Castle in Szczecin took place in 1612. Now, we are reviving this amazing tradition!

• Guided sight-seeing,
• Knight tournament in three disciplines,
• Theatre performances,
• Ancient music ensembles,
• Jugglers,
• Flag throwing,
• Fire shows,
• Medieval rites,
• Fair of ancient and contemporary crafts.

Medieval Christmas in Visby (Sweden)

12.2019

Medieval Santa Claus? You can meet him in Visby, on the Swedish island of Gotland.

This December event links Medieval lifestyle with Christmas atmosphere.If the weather is particularly hostile, you can have fun in the Gotland's Museum or the Fenomenalen Science Centre.

Children will especially like theatrical plays and book reading with the Santa. Their parents will enjoy live music from the Middle Ages, and both will be amazed by the night fire shows.

Winter rally of military vehicles (Poland)

02.2020

Ride a tank through ice and snow.

In the former military zone of Borne Sulinowo (Poland), you will feel like in a winter war movie.

Festival of Lights in Klaipeda (Lithuania)

02.2020

In February, the "Festival of Lights" comes to Klaipeda.

Right after saying good-bye to winter celebrations, the city is meeting the “Festival of Lights” in mid-February. The project is only five years old but has been recognised as the most popular event of the winter season for good reason. With the slogan “The brightest event of the city!” the festival clears dusk and winter boredom away and brings thousands of citizens and guests of the city back on the streets of Klaipeda’s Old Town, which are transformed by means of unexpected solutions, colours and shapes.

Detailed programe: https://jurossvente.lt/en/lights-festival/#1548786656650-618fa40b-22d0

Photo by Domas Rimeika

Kaziukas' Fair in Šiauliai (Lithuania)

03.2020

Kaziukas' (St. Casimir's) Fair is a great idea to begin spring with good humour, lots of music and local taste.

End of Winter and Welcoming Spring (Poland)

03.2020

Burning or drowning an effigy of Marzanna is an ancient Slavic ritual related to end of winter and rebirth of nature in spring.

The Open-Air Museum "Grodzisko w Sopocie" celebrates the ritual pastime outdoors. Children and grown-ups can make their own Marzanna and say farewell to the winter season at the bonfire.

Free Time Festiwal (Poland)

2020

FREE TIME FESTIWAL is a bank of ideas on how to make your leasure creative and pleasant.

Do you spend time actively and creatively, with your kids, searching offstream touristic, cultural, sport and recreation attractions? Visit our 10 climatic zones!

• Tourism,                                                     • Culture and Science,
     • Bike Festiwal,                                              • Active Kids,
          • City of Gdańsk,                                            • Travelers,
               • Sports and Active Living,                              • Artwork of Gardening,
                    • Water sports, kayaking and fishing,               • Grill Festiwal, a cooking competition.

May Day celebration in Västervik (Sweden)

2020

May Day is traditionally celebrated with lights, warmth and social atmosphere. People gathered in Västervik's city centre enjoy fire show accompanied by outdoor music.

Archeological May Day (Poland)

2020

Take part in medieval crafts classes. Celebrate 1000 years old spring rituals and traditions. Experiment with ancient cuisine, play historical games or organise a picnic on your own in the Slavs and Vikings open air museum.

Picnic on the Odra River (Poland)

2020

Each year, MARKET TOUR Tourist Fair gathers tourists, good food and good fun lovers. Family games, food and beer area, concerts and other amenities on the beautiful Odra river's shore in Szczecin (Westpomerania, Poland) bring sun and great atmosphere!

Knight tournament at the Ekenäs castle (Sweden)

2020

Riddarspelen Ekenäs slott, or the knight tournament at the Ekenäs castle in Sweden, takes place every year at the end of May. It is attended by numerous lovers of Medieval-style entertainment and craftsmanship.

The Ekenäs castle is situated several kilometers from the city of Linköping, in the lake area, which makes participation in the tournament even more attractive.

Ship parade in Klaipėda (Lithuania)

2020

The sea and its people have always been an inspiration and will remain so. That is why summer is knocking on the door of Klaipėda in the name of the Ship Parade. This mid-May event has become one of the most social events in the city for bringing together more and more various initiatives and ideas each year.

The most desired part of the parade begins at sunset whereby marine tugs start their dance on the Curonian Lagoon. Water is lit up by brightly illuminated boats and the sky is painted with vivid fireworks.

Greifswald Baltathon (Germany)

Baltathons are a series of free hackathons taking place within the BalticMuseums: Love IT! project. Museums, touristic attractions, IT specialists and research institutions from Poland, Denmark, Sweden, Lithuania and Germany cooperate in creating IT-enabled tools for natural and cultural heritage attractions in the South Baltic Region.

The Baltathon participants are tasked with creating an information tool: an application based on the gamification which will contribute to greater interest and involvement of tourists visiting cultural institutions in the Baltic states.

The last Baltathon of the series will take place in Greifswald (Germany).

#HACK4BALTICMUSEUMS

Contact

Westpomerania Voivodeship

Department for Tourism and Economy

Magdalena Bulikowska

mbulikowska(at)wzp.pl

+48 91 44 19 132

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