July 23 2014 Latest news:
By Chris Bishop
Monday, May 12, 2014
The Mediaeval Baebes will take to the stage and fireworks will explode over King’s Lynn’s waterfront as a finale to International Hanse Day.
There will be activities in town from 10am, including guided walks, minstrels, fire breathers and horse riders.
In the Hanse House there will be a mediaeval market, archery, and craft demonstrations including calligraphy, blacksmithing, tile-making, pottery and wool/textile processes.
Clifton House, which has the only surviving merchant’s tower in King’s Lynn, will open to visitors from 11am – 4pm.
Music is a big feature for this year’s festival, with bands including Jessie’s Ghost, Paabel and Eplemoya Songlag on stage at King’s Staithe Square from 4.30pm.
Headliners the Mediaeval Baebes are due on stage at 8pm, while the fireworks start at 9.30pm. The Mediaeval Baebes began in 1996 when a group of friends broke into a North London cemetery and sang together, clad in flowing white gowns and crowns of Ivy.
Sourcing lyrics from mediaeval and romantic texts and setting them to original scores using mediaeval and folk instruments, the group sings in in an array of obscure and ancient languages.
West Norfolk council leader Nick Daubney, who is the English commissioner to the Hanse, said: “This is our biggest International Hanse Day celebration yet.
“There really is something for everyone and we hope people will come along to enjoy the atmosphere and take part in the activities.
“Our links with our Hanseatic colleagues are crucial and we want people to be more aware of what the Hanse is and why it is so important. International Hanse Day is all about raising awareness of the Hanse League and getting people to celebrate the links past and present that help the 182 cities that form the Hanse to thrive.
“I am delighted that we will be hosting two VIP guests from the Hanse League, Manfred Schürkamp, manager of the Westphalian Hanseatic League and member of the presidium of the International Hanseatic League and Marion Köhn, director of the Business Hanse.
“We are looking forward to showing them how King’s Lynn celebrates this important day.”
Most of the activities are based around the historic quarter. There will also be seating for the concerts along with a cocktail bar serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, hog roasts and BBQ. Seating will be offered on a first come, first served basis.
Programmes are available from King’s Lynn Tourist Information Centre or visit www.kingslynnhansefestival.com for information.
The Hanseatic League was a powerful alliance of merchants operating around the Baltic and North Sea ports between the 13th and 17th Centuries.
Membership helped Lynn to become one of Britain’s richest ports in medieval times.