Performing Arts

Music, storytelling, juggling, theatre, and similar artistic endeavors.

Pennsic 42 photos on Northshield Gallery

Jean Quinn-Davis, of the Kingdom of Northshield, reports that she has posted an album of photos from Pennsic XLII. The photos are available on the Northshield Gallery.

The wonders of the Bristol Renaissance Faire

For twelve summers, residents of the state of Wisconsin have been entertained by the comedy, music and medieval skills of performers at the Bristol Renaissance Faire. Mrinal Gokhale of the Milwaukee Express has the story.

The impact of Shakespeare's investment

In 1594, William Shakespeare made a move that gave him financial stability and, some say, changed the way he wrote plays: he purchased a one-eighth share in the Lord Chamberlain's Men. One of those people is Dr Bart van Es of Oxford University's Faculty of English Language and Literature, who claims that the purchase gave the playwright a better relationship with and understanding of actors.

Life of Elizabeth Woodville dramatized on BBC One

Best-selling historical novelist Philippa Gregory has inspired a new series, currrently running on BBC One, which tells the stories of Elizabeth Woodville, Margaret Beaufort and Anne Neville. The White Queen is based on Gregory's series The Cousin’s War.

"Bards welcome"

How do bards know when a private camp at the upcoming Pennsic War is welcoming to entertainers? Pelayo of the Kingdom of Ealdormere has the answer.

Known World Bardic Congress and Cooks Collegium VII

  • 29 August 2014 at 17:00 until 1 September 2014 at 12:00
  • Camp Wawbeek 1450 Highway 13 Wisconsin Dells WI 53965

Hosted by the Barony of Jararvellir (Madison, WI) in the Kingdom of Northshield (Wisconsin, U.P., Minnesota, western Ontario, North & South Dakota, Manitoba).

Ealdormere songbook online

Justinian Clarus of the Kingdom of Ealdormere, reports that his songbook, Cry of the Wolf VI, a completely prejudiced compilation of this Bard's and Their Majesties favourite songs, is available, is available online. The book is subtitled Marching to War with Trumbrand and Kaylah.

The CalonSound Project presents new works from Johann Steinarsson

Three new recordings from Johann Steinarsson are now up at The CalonSound Project.

Be Entertained at Pennsic

Lady Lorelei Skye, Dean of the Performing Arts College at Pennsic, has released the final schedule for the Pennsic Performing Arts Tent and Ampitheater – and invites you to enjoy the many new and returning performers.

Whacks and wenches at Three Barons Renaissance Faire

Members of the Society for Creative Anachronism were on hand in early June for the 21st annual Three Barons Renaissance Fair in Anchorage, Alaska. Bill Roth of the Anchorage Daily News offers a photo album with highlights.

Tribute to Chiara la Trombottiera

Hirsch von Henford of the West Kingdom's Golden Stag Players, has created a short video in tribute to Chiara la Trombottiera, who passed away May 30, 2013 of cancer.

The Known World Players Announce Future Pennsic Productions

The Known World Players have announced their production schedule for the next three Pennsic Wars.

Music at St. Cecilica's

At St. Cecilia at the Tower II, an event which took place May 18, 2013 in the Barony of Cynnabar, Midrealm, the Cynnabar Singers presented a program of period music. The program also included Martin's Bane from the Kingdom of Ealdormere. Videos are available to view on YouTube.

The dark history of Tom Fool

Each year, a jester is chosen to liven up life at Muncaster Castle, near Ravenglass in Cumbria, England. The custom goes back centuries to Tom Skelton, believed to be the original Tom Fool, a real-life jester believed to have a murderous past. (photo)

Knowne World Poetry Competition and PoetryDay -- Artisan's Row, Pennsic

To all Poets, and aspiring Poets, of the Knowne World, you are cordially invited to participate in Poetry Day at Artisan's Row on Monday, July 29, 2013 at Pennsic 42. Please bring your poetry displays and plan on doing some presentations and meeting aspiring poets throughout the day.

Bardic Arts Exhibition at Pennsic 42

Lorelei Skye reports that all bards are invited to participate in the Bardic Arts Exhibition at Pennsic 42 on Monday, July 29, 2013 from 2-5 pm.

Children's and Youth Choirs at Pennsic

Lady Rachel Dalicieux reports that this year's Pennsic War will feature a Children's Choir and Youth Choir performance at the Known World Choir and Friends Concert.

Discovering the Green Man

On her website Myth & Moor, Terri Windling, writer, artist, and book editor, looks at the Green Man in history, architecture, folklore and contemporary art. The blog article includes many photos.

Known World Players Pennsic Auditions for "The Canterbury Tales"

The Known World Players will hold auditions for the Pennsic 43 production of Chaucer's “The Canterbury Tales” this year on the following dates and times at the Amphitheatre:

Music and pageantry at AEthelmearc Coronation

The recent Coronation of Maynard and Liadain in the Kingdom of AEthelmearc was met with great pageantry and ceremony. Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope, former director of the known World Choir, shares video of choral pieces performed during the cermony.

Period concert in Washington D.C.

On June 1-2, 2013, Cantare, Inc. will present Collegium Cantorum under the direction of Timothy Kendall in a program entitled Chance Encounter, 1506, Part II of the occasional series "The Fayrfax Concerts" presenting Renaissance choral masterworks by Pierre de La Rue (c. 1542-1518) and Robert Fayrfax (1464-1521) at two sites in the Washington D.C. area.

[ANT] Egil's XXXIX

Come join us for the Ports of the Norse World! Please join us for Memorial Day weekend, Friday May 24 to Monday May 27,2013 at beautiful Lynx Hollow Park outside of Creswell, Oregon.

[NOR] Play with Fire Moot

The Barony of Windhaven will be hosting a "Play with Fire" Moot in Green Bay, June 14-16.  Since some of the projects we'd like to play with take more than a few hours, Lord Balthazar has graciously opened his backyard/field to us for free camping for the weekend.  Come for the day (Saturday) or come on Friday for the whole weekend! 

[CAL] Tournament of Valor XXXIV

Valor, the oldest running Tournament in the Kingdom of Calontir, is once again here…

[MER] Palio di Flintmarsh

Come join the Shire of Flintmarsh on June 1, 2013 as we celebrate a taste of Medieval Italy at the first ever Palio di Flintmarsh!

"The Sons of Calontir" at The CalonSound Project

Mathurin reports that Ld. Johann Steinarsson's song "The Sons of Calontir" is now available at The CalonSound Project website.

Work begins on Cardigan Castle restoration project

For years, officials at Wales' 12th century Cardigan Castle have dreamed of raising funding to restore the castle and turn it into a heritage center and site for open-air concerts. The castle is believed to be the birthplace of the eisteddfod,  a festival of poetry and music, dating to the 12th century.

[MID] Northern Oaken War Maneuvers

The Barony of the Cleftlands and the Shire of Falcon’s Quarry welcome you to the 17th Annual Northern Oaken War Maneuvers held in Wellington, OH on June 7 – 9, 2013. The site is open to the populace and furry friends on Friday, June 7 at 3 PM through Sunday, June 9 at 3 PM. This is a dog-friendly event, but please review the pet  policies regarding their attendance prior to arrival on site.

[NOR] Bardstock II

What is Bardstock, you may ask, and I'll tell you. Bardstock is three days of music, music-themed workshops, and more!

[AET] Bards and Bows, Now with Brewing

The Shire of Sterlynge Vayle is pleased to announce that Bards and Bows, Now with Brewing!! sponsored by the Damp Dragon Inn, on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at our traditional site, Camp Sertoma, Johnson Road (no number), in Windsor, NY. The site opens at 9:00 AM and closes when everything is clean on Saturday night. Anyone still lingering after 9:00 PM will be pressed into service for site clean up.