The first festival of early medieval culture in Belarus gathered more than 1000 people in Radamlya

Aug 29, 2017

It is believed that the territory of the modern agrotown of Radomlya once settled the Radzimichy tribe, as evidenced by the excavations of the ancient settlement.
As scientists say, our ancestors lived here since the XI century. This unique historical peculiarity allowed local residents to lay the foundations of historical tourism in their homeland.

The two-day festival “On a visit to Radzimichy", on August 26-27, was held with admirable scope. On the huge, picturesque territory of the festival one could visit an open-air museum, the reconstruction of the Radzimichy settlement, the temple of Slavic idols, as well as theatrical pagan rituals. During the day, open workshops on weaving, pottery, cooking local dishes were held.

This year the festival became possible thanks to the funding of the European Union in Belarus within the framework of the project “Support to Local Development in the Republic of Belarus" implemented by UNDP.

"They say that Radamlya was the capital of Radzimichy settelment," said the Chairman of the Chavusy District Executive Committee Sergei Drozdovsky at the opening of the festival. "It has become a good tradition to hold a festival of early medieval culture in Radamlya. It's been the fourth time already. "

Sergei Drozdovsky also spoke about how much effort this year was invested in the creation of the open air museum of radzimichy: two half-dugouts, a fence, a street stove for burning ceramics, and, finally, the most spectacular object of the museum - the temple of Pyarun, were built. Wood sculptors created these works of art for the contest "Slavic Idols".

Ethnic musical bands "HardWood" and "Khmyalny Vіr" allowed delving into the early Middle Ages, and later in the dark on the background of the castle mountain, a magnificent fire show was held. More than 1000 people gathered in Radamlya to take part in the festival.

The UNDP Coordinator of Contests of Local Initiatives Natalia Adamchyk expressed her gratitude to the European Union and local authorities for their support. "The Chavusy district is the one that understands what is area-based development, and supports the grassroots initiative and actively welcomes partnerships. Today's holiday is great example of this, and it makes a significant contribution to the development of the tourist potential of the region, supporting handicraft and small businesses, " said Natalia Adamchyk.

Tatsiana Aliakseyeva, Press and Information Coordinator, Project Section, EU Delegation to Belarus, noted: “The EU in Belarus supports local initiatives because it is only locally, where you can solve those issues that cannot be seen from a different level. The way your life will change depends on your initiative and activeness.”

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The project "Support to Local Development in the Republic of Belarus" aims at combining efforts and establishing partnerships between authorities and civil society to develop regions according to their specific requirements. The project is funded by the European Union (budget € 5,400,000) and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme in partnership with the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Belarus. 

 

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