The Medieval Rose Festival
Organizing an annual Medieval Festival within the walls of the Medieval Town of Rhodos!
The "Medieval Rose" is a non-governmental, non-profit association, which was recently established (2005) with the ambitious but realistic aim of organizing an annual Medieval Festival within the walls of the Medieval Town of Rhodos – the best preserved, while continuously inhabited, surrounded by walls and moat, medieval town in the world (monument of cultural and architectural world heritage - UNESCO 1988).
The Festival comprises scenes of everyday life in the Medieval Rhodes, as well as relevant cultural events. This is achieved through the co-operation of the organizing committee with historians, archaeologists, actors, musicians, performers, visual artists and craftsmen. An additional effort is made to attract as many volunteers as possible, as the Festival is not just “a theatrical play”, but aims at the active participation of every person entering the gates of the medieval town.
The Medieval Town of Rhodes
The old town of Rhodes is a living settlement of some 150 acres (including the walls and the Moat) with a population of approximately 6.000 who live and work in the same buildings (now restored) that were used by the Knights of St. John 600 years ago. The medieval town was laid out on the pattern of the French cities of the 14th century. A wall divided it into two unequal sections, the northern part (called Castello or Collachium), with its inner Acropolis and the official buildings of the Knights, and the southern and larger part where the ordinary people lived. This division of Rhodes was not an innovation of the Knights but a defensive norm in the Middle Ages, in both East and West.
A tour of the medieval town is quite a lengthy business, given the number of monuments there are to see. The walls with their bastions, battlements, towers and gates cause one to gasp in wonder. The imposing buildings, with their coat-of-arms, majestic gateways, decoration in relief, Gothic windows, paved courtyards and old lamps take one centuries back in time, as do the narrow streets and the old churches.
The Medieval Rose Festival Program
Visit Rhodes' Medieval Festival 2009
19 June: Chase of the Dragon -Team Play & Opening
20 – 21 June: Medieval Fair
27 June: Trip through the Myths
28 June: Closing Ceremony
A wandering through the mysterious streets of the Medieval Town, at a time when the Alchemists were seeking the Mandrake and the Fairies were dancing around the fountains, enchanting passers-by.
At times, when romantic love was growing in the shadow of a dreadful war and endless battles.
And somewhere there, hidden in the swamp, a terrible Dragon, mangling children and adults.
At the Medieval Markets the best sugar of the world, as well as spices, perfumes, textiles, pottery, soap and music, lots of music...
...And there! The Order of the Knights crosses through the crowded public squares, full of scholars, magicians, artisans, merchants and craftsmen from all over the world!
The Walls, an embrace of stone around a multi-national feast!
Tradition, History & Myth,
The Legend of Rhodes
Ιn a Festival!
Aims of the Medieval Rose Festival
Cultural upgrading: By means of organizing dance and music events, inspired by customs and manners, traditions, myths and the history of Rhodes. The "Medieval Rose" probes into the mist of the centuries, to revive what was lost and forgotten.
Enhancement of monuments of cultural heritage: By means of organizing minor relevant events in Byzantine and Medieval monument sites and fortifications, elsewhere in the island or the Dodecanese.
Cultural connections: Communication and co-operation with other similar teams in Europe will contribute in the exchange and investigation of the treasure of cultural elements all our nations have in common.
Education: The study of various subjects of the festival events will spread the knowledge concerning our history and traditions. Medieval dance and theatre seminars will be regularly held.
Tourists' attraction: In the beginning of the tourist season, the Medieval Festival will provide a unique attraction for visitors with advanced interests and demands.
New jobs: In days of high unemployment, various new job positions will be available, thank to the Festival, for artists, craftsmen, workers and merchants.
Economic development: Consequently...
Quality entertainment: Aiming at all ages, locals and foreigners, covering a wide variety of tastes.
Promotion of the ideal of voluntary work: By means of continuous encouragement of – particularly young – people to participate / contribute, in any way thy wish, in the satisfying process of organizing such an event.
Promotion of Rhodes: Through an incomparable event, which will emphasize in the unique features of our medieval city, from a perspective that reminds of a time travel to the past!