Historical Reenactment– a tool for cultural valorization and sustainable development of local community

The medieval fortification Râșnov Citadel in Transylvania, Romania attracts several hundred thousand visitors every year. We were contacted by the local municipality who wanted to establish a local historical reenactment group. The group’s mission: To disseminate Romanian history and preserve and develop local crafting traditions. The group was to focus on the time period 1212-1224.
Our task was to help them establish this local reenactment group and to give them practical know-how on how to organize historical festivals. We travelled to Romania on several occasions to facilitate workshops in research, the understanding of concept and genre, producing historical costumes, crafting, and sword training.
In August 2015, we organized a trip for 40 Scandinavian Viking reenactors to go visit Râșnov Citadel. There we met up with the newly established Romanian reenactment group. Together we made a spectacular historical event!
The project was a co-operation between the team members of Hands on History, Trondheim Vikinglag, Mioritics and Rasnov municipality. It was founded by the EEA-grants and the Norwegian Ministry of Culture.

Project video

The partnership continues

We are in the process of planning new projects with our Romanian partner! In August 2017 HoH team member Ingrid, Endre Fodstad from Kongshirden 1308 and Martin Nielsen from Alibier traveled to Transylvania to investegate the possibilities for further co-operation. Interesting plans were made. Stay tuned for updates.