GO BACK IN TIME
Step back in time at this weekend’s Gold Coast Renaissance Faire and enjoy performances, games and even a daily archery competition
From Shakespearean plays to sword combats and archery competitions, expect to be transported back in time at this weekend’s Gold Coast Renaissance Faire.
Held in Pratton Park at Broadbeach, festival director David Russell says the second annual interactive event is like walking on to a movie set.
“You get to mingle with more than 50 costumed characters,” he says.
“(This year), the Faire is larger, with more performances, games and a daily archery competition.”
From the Three Musketeers to Queen Elizabeth I and William Shakespeare, the rollcall of characters turns the festival into a Renaissance theme park full of high arts and culture.
“The Faire offers our fellow Gold Coasters a completely unique experience: two days filled with beauty, colour and entertainment, with a splash of adventure and romance,” David says.
“The Renaissance period certified the depth and value of Western culture and still remains as a global standard.”
David says visitors are encouraged to wear Renaissance costumes and can purchase apparel on-site from Delta’s Dazzling Costumes.
Visitors can also test their skills at period games such as archery, fencing, boules, chess, darts, quoits and more.
“There’s fantastic live theatre, authentic Renaissance court music and dance, dozens of colourful roving performers and a special children’s garden,” says David.
He says the European Renaissance (1400-1650) marked “the end of the repressive Dark Ages – also known as the Medieval period”.
“Once again, the arts and sciences began to blossom across the continent, as personified by such luminaries as William Shakespeare, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Gutenberg, Artemisia Gentileschi, Magellan and Copernicus,” he says.
“The Renaissance period laid the foundation of our contemporary culture.
“It was a vigorous, exciting time.”
Ruby Clark, fairy queen Sonya Lillian, musketeer Adam Eldon, archer Rachel Gobel and Camille Chantelot.