Performing Arts

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

World Music Festival Comes to Madison, Wisconsin

The world comes to Madison, WI September 21-23, 2006 in the form of the World Music Festival. The event will feature a variety of music from South America, Scandinavia and the Middle East.

Clan Tynker Performs at Pennsic Video

Fans of the performance troupe Clan Tynker will want to tune in to a YouTube video of the group taken at Pennsic 35.

Photos from Kolfinna's Festival of the Rose 2006

Ciar and Eilidh have posted photos from Kolfinna's Festival of the Rose 2006 which took place recently in the Kingdom of Caid.

An Tir Kingdom Bardic Championship

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Their Royal Majesties and the Barony of Dragon's Laire invites one and all to witness the contest to determine the next Kingdom Bardic Champion! Entries shall be judged individually on Saturday and conclude with an audience appeal performance on Saturday evening. Please join us on Sunday to witness the final portion where those with the highest Saturday scores will compete for the Championship and the next Kingdom Bardic Champion shall be declared! Location:
Barony of Dragon's Laire (Bainbridge Island, Washington)

SCAdian Musicians Perform in Powell River

Members of the local SCA chapter in Vancouver, British Columbia participated in a musical evening at Powell River's Boxwood Cottage garden recently where they presented a program of medieval music.

Lords & Ladies, Welcome Aboard the Floating Ren Faire!

For those who want the Middle Ages with all the comforts of a cruise: Mirth & Merriment Aboard The Carnival Miracle!

Bard of The Mists Competition

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Time has a way of passing swiftly. For those of us who are have not marked it's flow, be now aware of how fleet it's passage. The Bard of The Mists Competition is September 9th! The victor shall become the 25th Bard of the Mists.

Much entertainment and merriment is planned. As well as a Feast, with delicacies from the Silver and Silk Trade Routes.

In honor of the occasion, the theme piece will have two themes. Use Location:
Principality of the Mists (Santa Clara, California)

Raid on the Mountain

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Western Keep is holding Raid on the Mountain in Brookings as a local one day event, NOT our regular weekend camping at Hole in the Mountain campground at Lake Benton, MN. This event is to prepare and authorize fighters for Cecil's Siege (Fall Coronation in Vermillion, SD). We will meet on the south end of Hillcrest Park, in the elementary school parking lot next to the shelters. We will have heavy weapons and light weapons, but no throwing or archery since we're in city limits. The park has a playground area for children, modern plumbing, and is connected to the city aquatics park (one day pool pass is $3.00 per person, which gives you access to showers and snack booth). Location:
Shire of Western Keep (Brookings, South Dakota)

Papers by Re-enactors Sought for 42nd International Congress on Medieval Studies

The organizers of the 42nd International Congress on Medieval Studies, which takes place May 10-13, 2007 at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, have announced that they are seeking papers from re-enactors for this year's conference.

Grendel: the Opera

Grendel, a new opera from Tony Award-winning director Julie Taymor, opened recently at the Lincoln Center Festival. Based on Beowulf but told from the monster's point of view, the opera is sung in Old English by the humans while Grendel sings in contemporary language.

Pennsic Fools' Parade!

Feeling foolish? If so, join the rest of the performers, acrobats, musicians and other crazies for the annual Pennsic Fools' Parade Tuesday, August 15, 2006!

Known World Players announce performance of Wakefield Cycle for Pennsic 2007

Press Release: The Known World Players are proud to announce their most ambitious project to date for Pennsic 2007: a selection of ten to twelve plays from the Wakefield Cycle, to be performed on pageant wagons in authentic medieval style.

Known World Players feature comedies, reunion for Pennsic XXXV

The Known World Players, a performing arts troupe, have big plans for Pennsic War this year, including a seven-year reunion and productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream and Gammer Gurton’s Needle.

Slay the Dragon 2006

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The Humble Shire of Vogelburg cries out once again for a Champion. The evil dragon once again terrorizes the populace of Vogelburg call forth all brave warriors to champion our cause. Call on the Artisans to try and placate the beast with there beautiful works of art. Bards come and sooth the savage beast.

For information on classes and other things go to http://www.vogelburg.org/ Location:
Shire of Vogelburg (Pineville, Louisiana)

Acadiana Medieval Faire Casting Call

A casting call has been posted for the Second Annual Acadiana Medieval Faire in Lafayette, LA. The audition will take place Sunday August 20, 2006 at the Lafayette Public Library.

Pennsic Bardic Books Online

Brion Enkazi and Michael Alewright have announced that draft versions of the Pennsic XXXV Bardic Books are available to view and download online. The Bardic Books list schedules of bardic activities at Pennsic.

Former King of Caid Reclaims Roundtable

Scott Farrell, two time King of Caid, has had some experience in ruling. Recently he put that experience to good use by taking on the role of King Arthur in the American Rose Theatre's production of Camelot. Patricia Morris Buckley of the North County Times (California) reports.

Midge March Melee

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On the northern border of the Barony of Gryphon's Lair lies a vast marsh land that some would argue belongs to the bordering Shire (why anyone would want to claim a marsh nobody knows, but that is not the point). Several years ago the lands were disputed and from this the Midge Marsh Melee was created. The Barony, for some reason, wants to keep hold of the marshlands and to honor this, and their first birthday, we invite all to come to this grand event and enjoy. You will find many fun and entertaining things to keep you occupied throughout the day (so you don't smell the marshes or notice the flies). Location:
Barony of Gryphon's Lair (Ogden, Utah)

Quest for the Holy Pail 2

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The Shire of Rook's Haven proudly presents "Quest for the Holy Pail 2: Pail Under Siege"

September 8-10 at Little Creek Ranch in Glen, MS (just outside Corinth)

The evil hordes have laid siege to Rook's Haven and are threatening to take our most prized possession! Come join Their Majesties as they endeavor to save The Holy Pail. Things to enjoy will include:

  • The Black Knight Tourney Location:
    Shire of Rook's Haven (Glen, Mississippi)

Bards and Bows

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The Shire of Sterlynge Vayle welcomes all back to the Damp Dragon Inn for Bards and Bows on September 1 - 3, 2006. This event will be held at Camp Sertoma, Johnson Road (no number), in Windsor, NY. The site opens at 7:00 PM on Friday and closes at 10:00 AM on Sunday. Anyone still lingering after then will be pressed into service for site clean up.

  This event will offer archery events of all kinds including target archery, royal rounds, team combat pairing combat archers with heavy fighters, and even an archery combat style game that any good gentle can play! Though this event does focus on archery, we will not be ignoring those who want to whack people with big sticks. We will be having a heavy weapons tourney in the form of a Viking Cloak Tournament, as well as fencing combat. Location:
Shire of Sterlynge Vayle (Windsor, New York)

"Lion in Winter" in the Summer

"The Masquerade Medieval" is planning a performance of Lion In Winter for Pennsic 36. This is new company forming in the East Kingdom and Atlantia under the direction of Baron Lorcan Dracontius of Bhakail.

"Pathfinder" Scheduled for September Release

Pathfinder, a new Viking adventure saga starring Karl Urban of Doom fame, is scheduled for worldwide release September 8, 2006. The film speculates on the Norse place in North American history.

Today in the Middle Ages: June 29, 1613

The original Globe Theatre was destroyed by fire on June 29, 1613.

Pillage on the Plains III

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Shire Eagle, in association with House Aylekeepe and Clan Darkwood, invite you to Pillage on the Plains III: Gathering of the Tribes. We return to Gibson's Plantation View in Tallassee, Alabama on October 6-8 for a great weekend of fighting, classes, feasting and fun! Make your plans to attend now....

Event Stewards:
Lord Alywin Watkyns watkijm@auburn.edu Location:
Shire of the Eagle (Tallahassee, Alabama)

Woodland Romp IV

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I'd like to extend a cordial invitation to the Freehold of Skerjastrond's camping event Woodland Romp IV, sponsored by Darkstone, July 21-23, 2006.

In the manner of Master Geoffrey Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales," we are hoping for an eclectic group of travelers; whether bard, warrior, pilgrim, bard, noble, yeoman, or more bards to share their tales of journeys past and present. The event is intended to be a Location:
Freehold of Skerjastrond (Gwinn, Michigan)

"To the West" Captured for Posterity

At the recent Investiture in the Principality of the Mists, Martin of Rivenstar captured a performance of To the West on video and has posted it online.

"Shakespeare Book of Lists"

Author, teacher and consultant for the Folger Shakespeare Library, Michael LoMonico, has posted an online companion to his book, The Shakespeare Book of Lists which looks at the playwright's life, work and times through a collection of lists.

Middle East Feast

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The Barony of Twin Moons of the Kingdom of Atenveldt (Phoenix, Arizona) would like to invite you to experience the Middle East with us. We are holding our annual Middle East Feast on Saturday August, 19, 2006.

For those who have never attended, this is a day long, indoor event with drumming, dancing, merchants and a huge menu of Middle Eastern Food. You are encouraged to bring rugs, pillows, low coffee tables, drums, drapes so that the hall has an Eastern feel, and you have a place to lounge. All these elements go together to create a spectacular, one-of-a-kind event that is a great tradition in our lands Location:
Barony of Twin Moons (Phoenix, Arizona)

Mongolia Honors Genghis Khan with Rock Opera

This year Mongolia celebrates it's 800th anniversary. One of the events honoring the country's rich history is a rock opera about Mongolia's most famous citizen: Genghis Khan.

Mid-Realm Bardic Madness VIII: The Song of the Sea

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Greetings and welcome are bid to all Bards, Troubadors, Trouveres, Minstrels, Minnesingers, Jongleurs, Singers, Storytellers, Poets, Scops, Skalds, Fillids, Olaves, Griots, Wordsmiths, and Friends of these arts. Also Musicians, Dancers, Jugglers, Magicians, and Players as well.

This year's Bardic Madness will take place on November 11th, 2006. Our hosts will be the Barony of Brendoken (most of NE Ohio). Many thanks go to all of them for their hospitality in helping the bardic community out this year. Our theme will be the sea and all that lies within it. Location:
Barony of Brendoken (Smithville, Ohio)