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

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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.”

Pic­ture: GLENN HAMPSON

Ruby Clark, fairy queen Sonya Lillian, mus­ke­teer Adam El­don, archer Rachel Go­bel and Camille Chantelot.

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