Swords drawn at Slav and Viking Festival
PR dla Zagranicy
Over 2000 enthusiasts from across the world took part in the 19th International Festival of Slavs and Vikings over the weekend in Wolin on Poland's Baltic coast.
In the thick of the action at the 19th Slav and Viking Festival, Wolin. Photo: PAP/Marcin Bielecki
This year's edition included pitched battles with scores of swords and axes swinging through the air.
Visitors to the ancient town on the Baltic were also able to peruse some more peaceful activities, with bakers rustling up bread the old-fashioned way, and potters displaying their wares.
A competition was also held for the most distinguished Viking beard, while ladies competed for the finest plaits.
Meanwhile, folk bands such as Percival, Birka Boys and Perunwit provided sonic entertainment, complemented by Belarus's medieval-style DiGrease’s Buffoon Theatre.
The International Festival of Slavs and Vikings was first held in Wolin in 1993, inspired by the theory that a Viking colony lived at the site in the 10th century.
The three-day event, which saw participants from 36 countries, closed on Sunday. (nh)