Festival in Polotsk became the first Belarusian event within the Bella Dvina 2 project.
A Festival of Medieval Culture was organised by an EU cross-border cooperation project in Polotsk, Belarus, earlier this month, as part of the city's 1150th anniversary festivities. The festival was co-financed by the EU-funded project 'Fostering Capacity for Tourism Development in Latgale-Utena-Vitebsk Cross Border Region' (BELLA DVINA 2), which is being implemented within the Latvia-Lithuania-Belarus Cross-Border Cooperation Programme. Among the main attractions were tilting matches for archers and knights-in-arms in accordance with the rules of Early and High Middle Ages, an attack of the medieval castle situated in a picturesque historic spot on the Western Dvina, and a medieval feast. The festival also featured music performances and shows by bands and groups from Latvia (Latgale region) and Lithuania (Utena region), workshops on crafts, medieval dances, medieval cuisine, rune reading and traditions.