The festival “Big Hanseatic Journey” will take place during the Hanseativ Week in Veliky Novgorod on May 18th – 20th at Yaroslav’s Court, where residents and guests of Veliky Novgorod will be able to travel to the Middle Ages, participate in the fair with food and drinks, performances, workshops, interactive games and competitions.

The festival will be interesting for both Russian and foreign tourists. We expect at least 20,000 visitors from different cities, as well as travel companies and leading mass media that will cover the Big Hanseatic Journey in their reports and articles.

The opening ceremony will be held in the evening of May 18th and turn into the Hanseatic Night with fire show. On May 19th guests can enjoy performances of groups from Veliky Novgorod and other hanseatic cities. Participants of the festival of medieval European music will help to feel the medieval atmosphere.

As a part of the Hanseatic Week contests for all interested people will be organized. The photo contest “Hansa: History, Cities, People” will be held in 2018 under the patronage of the President of the Hanseatic League of New Time. The best works will form an exhibition, and the winner will get a prize from the President of the Hanseatic League.

The contest for the best Hanseatic costume (medieval, European) will be held under the patronage of the Mayor of Veliky Novgorod, the President of the Russian Hanseatic League. The winner will get a prize, and the best costumes will be presented on the runway show during the Hanseatic Week

The tournament for the best archer of the Hanseatic League, the contest for the best performance of the Hanseatic Week and other competitions are planned.

On May 18th the board meeting of Union of the Russian Hanseatic Cities will be organized.

On May 19th the research-to-practice conference on the development of hanseatic tourism will take place.

Participants of Hanseatic Week not only enjoy the amazing atmosphere of the hanseatic Middle Ages, but also have the unique opportunity to present their city and its culture to the numerous guests of the festival.