Costumed Characters launch Hanse Festival

Hanse Fest Costumed Chracters

Colourful costumed characters were posing for the media outside the Custom House on Tuesday morning to help launch the King’s Lynn Hanse Festival which takes place on 16 & 17 May, celebrating International Hanse Day and the 10th anniversary of the town’s membership of the new Hanse.

A fun-packed weekend of activities will celebrate the town’s 10th anniversary as a member of the new Hanse.

The Kamper Kogge

The Kamper Kogge

The King’s Lynn Hanse Festival promises to offer something for everyone with a host of interactive activities, music, food & drink, fireworks, a medieval procession through the town and a visit from the replica Hanseatic trading ship the Kamper Kogge.

Other events include live music from 5pm on King’s Staithe Square including the Jessie’s Ghost, Marga Musika (Lithuania), Roving Crows (England) and Arstidir (Iceland). Fireworks follow at around 10pm lighting up the river and waterfront.

Medieval dancing and a medieval market will be inside the Hanse House, along with a Hanseatic League ‘office’ to explain medieval trading customs of the time. But keep an eye out for the beggar, pickpocket, drunken soldier, crosslaced woman and general ne’er-do-wells who inhabit the dockside!

Hanse Fest Costumed Chracter male

The Saturday Market Place will be bursting with local food and drink producers and at King’s Lynn Arts Centre, interactive arts workshops will take place throughout the weekend where visitors can learn about the history of King’s Lynn as a trading port, and get creative with Hanseatic-themed crafts such as creating paper boats inspired by Hanseatic Kogge or designing trade maps or postcards from Hanseatic trading posts. Perfect for all ages and abilities.

Visitors to the Hanse House will be able to meet and discuss medieval crafts and guilds with the Cordwainer, Potter, Chapman, Alchemist, Spicer, Tailor, Painter, Cook, Blacksmith, Netmaker and Tiler. A Firebreather will add his skills to the show, and storytelling will delight all who stop by to listen. Have a Go Archery will be available for any to enjoy, alongside demonstrations of this ancient skill during the day.

Guided Hanse Walks have also been organised by the King’s Lynn Town Guides.

Sunday 17 May sees the culmination of the Hanse Crazy Composers project. 70 pupils from Whitefriars Church of England Primary Academy will perform some special pieces with the newly-formed Hanse Orchestra of King’s Lynn, which is made up of leading professional baroque musicians from the UK and guests from other Hanseatic countries – a unique initiative in the Hanseatic world.

 

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