ABOUT MEDIEVAL WEEK

One week, 500 events and 40,000 visitors. Since 1984, the event - with education and joyful learning in focus - has attracted visitors from far and wide. The Medieval Week was founded on the idea of teaching history by stepping into it, by taking on the role of medieval persons and thinking about how they could have lived, eaten, thought and socialized. A thought that lives on today, as vital now as then.

Frequently
Asked Questions

Do I have to wear medieval clothing, and what about the dining options? Here we have compiled our answers to the most common questions asked prior to your visit to the Medieval Week.

DO I NEED TICKET TO ATTEND THE MEDIEVAL WEEK?

You do not need a specific ticket for the Medieval Week. The nearest description of the event is a town festival, where there are activities throughout the city and rural Gotland. The Medieval Week's heart is the market place, and here you don't need to pay any admission. However, to activities such as tournaments, concerts and more, you often need to buy a ticket.

Where do I buy tickets?
You can pre-purchase tickets to a tournament and a number of other shows through our website. On site you can buy tickets at the Visitors Center in the market place or at the Tourist Office. Many performances have no advance purchase, for them on-site sales usually start around 0.5-1 hours before the show. Keep in mind that many popular shows can become overcrowded and there may be a long queue for the ticket, even before the sale starts, so get there early!

WHERE DO I FIND THE PROGRAM?

The program is available here on our website and in printed version at the Visitors Center, among our volunteers, the Tourist Office and at some stores and hotels in Visby. The printed program is distributed to all subscribers of Gotland's Allehanda and Gotlands Tidningar the week prior to the festival. It is not possible to pre-order the printed program, but it is distributed in place during the festival.

DO I HAVE TO WEAR MEDIEVAL CLOTHING?

No you do not need to have medieval clothes to visit us!
You can visit all performances and more in ordinary clothes, only very few events require medieval clothes and they are clearly indicated in the program. We do, however, encourage everyone to dress up in medieval costume, as then you have the opportunity to further deepen the feeling of being in a medieval town!

CAN I RENT MEDIEVAL CLOTHING?

Yes, you can rent medieval clothes during Medieval Week. At the Market, in Visitors Center, between 11-14

WHERE CAN I FIND PATTERNS FOR MEDIEVAL CLOTHES?

There is lots of information to find on the Internet about creating a medieval costume. An example is Historiska Världar, which describes a number of of different outfits. There are also designs, fabrics and accessories to buy. Some retailers in the selection include: Medeltidsmode, Historiska rum, Handelsgillet, Svarta Kattens handelshus, Korps handelsbod, Kapitelhusgården and more.

CAN I CARRY A KNIFE OR SWORD WITH MY COSTUME?

No, it is not allowed to carry a knife or sword to your outfit. Swedish law also applies during The Medieval Week. Knives and swords are only allowed for participants at specific events such as The Battle of Wisby, or during lectures on swords or weapons, and shall in such cases be worn hidden and carried discreetly there and back. No exceptions on any streets or squares, and if you unsure of anything we ask you to contact the police authorities in Gotland.

CAN I BRING MY CAMERA?

Yes, you may bring your camera on all events, unless otherwise stated clearly. However, it is not permitted to shoot with the flash during the performances, because it destroys both the medieval experience, and can interfere with the performance and cause danger to performers in, for example, fire shows.

ARE CHILDREN WELCOME AT MEDIEVAL WEEK?

Children of all ages are more than welcome at the Medieval Week! We have visitors that range in age from newborns to those who are passed one hundred. The Medieval Week is equally suitable for everyone.

IS THERE TO BUY FOOD IN THE AREA?

There is plenty of good food in the area! Everything from full dinners to sweets, in various price ranges and variations. The food square in the middle of the market place is a perfect spot for those who want to experience high-class entertainment at the open stage Forum Vulgaris, and experience medieval food! 

CAN I BRING MY OWN FOOD TO THE AREA?

Yes, you are welcome to have a picnic in the market area, but not in the food square/ Forum Vulgaris which is reserved for our vendor's guests.

CAN I PAY WITH A CREDIT CARD?

Always bring cash to the market area as well as performances for safety's sake, though many vendors now accept cards, it is still far from everywhere that you can pay by means other than cash. ATMs are in town (not in the marketplace), they are marked on the map in the printed program.

CAN I BRING ALCOHOL TO THE EVENT?

Alcohol may only be consumed where serving licenses are available, and only at select restauranteurs in the market area. Visby City police regulations prohibit liquor, wine and beer in public places, at the entire market in general and the city as a whole. Day and night, we refer to Visby's excellent selection of restaurants, equipped with several medieval taverns and more modern variations of all kinds.

HOW DO I GET TO GOTLAND?

See our section Travel and accommodation.

WHERE CAN I STAY DURING THE MEDIEVAL WEEK?

For camping, cabins or hotel - see our section Travel and accommodation. If you are connected to a medieval or LARP association and wish to stay in the medieval tent camp (note - membership in such an association is a requirement) contact the medieval association Styringheim. See their website for more information.

ARE THERE MEDICAL PERSONNEL IN PLACE?

In the visitors center you can find a medical professional for simple matters, bandages etc. For more serious incidents go to the emergency room at the hospital or call an ambulance by dialing the emergency number: 112

WHAT IF I LOST SOMETHING?

Some lost items are received by the Visitors Center in the market. We are always turn all valuables over to the police. If you lost something and do not find it before you return home, you can email to borttappat@medeltidsveckan.se up to 3 months after the festival, we try our best to return all lost items to their owners. 

Environment
and safety

The sustainability work and the environmental policy of The Medieval Week is based largely on the criteria the the Foundation Håll Sverige Rent are working for. We strive to constantly reduce our environmental impact in all areas, while creating a safe and secure environment for all of our visitors.

Environment and safety

Ever since The Medieval Week began actively working to reduce the amount of litter in the city, the proportion of crimes reported during the festival has gone down, while the perceived security has increased. Several studies show what we ourselves can feel - a clean environment helps, along with other measures, to create a safe environment.

ENVIRONMENT

During the Medieval Week a great emphasis is placed on managing waste in a both efficient and environmentally friendly way. Together with our highly valued partner Gotland Recycling we have year round plan for how we can increase recycling and finding the best procedures for cleaning and waste management. We are working to reduce transports and encourage environmentally friendly solutions in terms of trips and carpooling. The detergents we use are all eco-labeled and in our office we serve only organic goods at our meetings. We believe in cooperation and strive to always choose the most viable option in no matter how large or how small.

EQUALITY

During the Medieval Week, we have about 40 000 visitors, with a great diversity and especially high degree of equality both based on demographics and values. This is something we think is extremely important and it is essential for us that the audience we have are also reflected in the artists who are on the stage, and in our outward reaching communications. Since The Medieval Week content consists largely of outside organizers who themselves own their events, we can not always control content directly. Therefore it is our goal to both internally and externally clarify that The Medieval Week be a festival for everyone, regardless of background, gender, or other conditions.

SECURITY

A safe environment is a prerequisite for visitors to have a positive image to take home with them and ensure that they will return. By allowing security work to permeate the structure of the organization, the physical locations as well as affect the urban environment in the right direction, we can create the best possible conditions for visitors to feel safe during your visit. Through an important partnership with our security partners Länsförsäkringar Gotland, we can ensure that all security work is high on our agenda throughout the year. Together with our Environment and Security partners, we hire hosts who work with sanitation and help in the night. We staff the Women's Shelter Trots in the market area throughout the week and we work continuously throughout the year, along with police and Region Gotland. We are extremely pleased that we are already seeing results - The Medieval Week in recent years has been almost completely spared from reported violent crimes.

Organization

Organization

The Medieval Week has been held since 1984. The first years it was organized by Svenska Kyrkans Studieförbund, then by Gotlands Bildningsförbund. In 1991 The foundation Medeltidsveckan på Gotland was formed and then took over all operations of the festival. The foundation remains even today and various legislators have representatives on its board. In 2007 the company Medeltidsveckan på Gotland AB was formed, the company is wholly owned by the foundation.

CONTACT


Björn Sundberg, Operations
+46 498 29 10 73, bjorn.sundberg@medeltidsveckan.se

Susanne de Paulis, Project Manager Marketing and Sales
+46 707 58 13 62, susanne.depaulis@medeltidsveckan.se

Kenneth Hardinge, Props Manager
+46 707 58 13 65, kenneth.hardinge@medeltidsveckan.se 

John Friederich, Medieval Market
+46 705 85 15 05, marknad@medeltidsveckan.se

Elin Andersson, Volunteer Manager 
+46 70 758 13 66, elin.andersson@medeltidsveckan.se

Michael Qwiberg, Project and jousting Producer
mikael.qwiberg@medeltidsveckan.se

Sara Hultsten, Costume Manager
sara.hultsten@textilkonsult.se

COMPANY'S BOARD

Mats Jansson (chairman)
Sofia Hoas
Gustav Malmborg

FOUNDATION BOARD 

Mats Jansson - Chairman
Bo Björkman - Region Gotland
Stefan Wramner (alternate) - Region Gotland
Jenny Westfeldt - Gotland Museum
Madeleine Björngren (alternate) - The Gotland Museum
Cecilia Herdenstam - Gotlands Bildningsförbund
Lotta Edwall-Eriksson (alternate) - Gotlands Bildningsförbund
Annelie Adolfsson - Gotland Hembygdsförbund
Gustav Malmborg - Medieval Guild on Gotland
Vera Pärli (alternate) - Medieval Guild on Gotland

VOLUNTEER TEAM MANAGERS

Josefin Dellevik
Joris Field
Toril Hedberg
Therese Larsson 
Matilda Ronnås
Nina White

Medieval Week COMMUNICATION GROUP
Marie Hedén - Editor Social Media 
Jåke Andersson - Photographer
Stephan Andersson - Photographer 
Sofie Annersved - Photographer 
Henrik Jensen - Photographer 
Elin Kero - Photographer
Maria Kristiansson - Photographer

History

On Friday, January 13, 1984 The Medieval Week was born on Gotland. Since then the week 32 has been filled with medieval cheer!

History

'Dig where you stand' was the name of a mission to the whole of public education in Sweden during the early 1980's. The idea was to get people to take an interest in their local history, to study, document and report its findings to writing, exhibitions and theater. With only a few days left of the application period, the medieval weeks grand dame Wiveka Schwartz received a call saying "I can not see that you have applied for some money for your medieval projects. We will make the distribution on Monday." And the rest is, as they say - history!
And ad in the newspapers asked for people to donate fabrics. Silk, velvet, cloth, rags were listed. We got a lot of cloths and rags, but also some fine old curtains and a light blue velvet curtain from Folkpartiet. In early April Modehuset Medeltiden, with unemployed who neither could nor wanted to sew strange clothes on discarded sewing machines from sewing class. Our desire was to make it so that many Gotlanders would dress in a medieval costume, and become part of the event. Everyone was welcome. The newspapers published a page with simple patterns and ideas under the heading 'How to become medieval, simply'.

On August 4th we were proof that there is a lot of creativity out there! Planning, rehearsals and recruitment of actors continued throughout the spring and summer. Towan Obrador and Synnöve Gahrén wrote the screenplay and directed both the theater and the children of the newly formed jesters PAX. The music group Wisby Vaganter formed with Michael Neuman as a leader and the dance group Visby Folkdansgille danced under Kalle Berggren's management. The inner circle would meet at lunchtime with Marita Jonsson to eat pizza, report and plan for the next step.

It rained a lot the summer of 1984, but for those who were preparing the first ever Medieval Week on Gotland, it did not matter. Vacation, sunbathing, was not to think of. When the sewing project was completed by midsummer, enthusiasts continued to sew and fix props. A student from Umeå who had a summer job at Fornsalen moved his bed into the studio, so that he could work late in the evenings. All players would have costumes - the king, the Mayoral couple, soldiers, merchants and peasants. The velvet drapes, given by Folkpartiet were enough to make several things - a coat to the Mayor Gunnar Svahnström, apparel for the musician Michael and a tabard to a rider. The culture secretary from the Association in Stockholm and her husband were also made costumes. They then flew into Visby dressed in medieval costume with luggage in baskets and bundles, and caused a sensation at the airport. Nowadays it is not uncommon for people traveling to Gotland in Medieval costume, but then in 1984 it was a different matter.

When the festival was executed it was a success! Program points were packed with people, the theater on the Main Square in Visby was more than successful, and the commitment was evident from both the residents, visitors and media. It was something new. The teaching method was simple: take a role, a medieval man; put on a costume and go out in the city / parish and think about how your character lived, ate, slept, worked, etc.

A folk festival formation full of joy, community and commitment. Then as now - more than thirty years later!

Statistik och siffror

En festival med 40.000 besökare under 8 dagar innehåller väldigt mycket siffror. Nedan presenterar vi några av dem.

Besökare

40.000

är antalet besökare på medeltidsveckan

Medelålder

34

den genomsnittlige besökaren är 34 år gammal

stort utbud

500

programpunkter under Medeltidsveckan

3,6

i snitt reser besökarna i sällskap om 3,6 personer

6

nätter stannar den genomsnittlige besökaren

206

miljoner kronor spenderar besökarna under sin vistelse på gotland

Världens längsta vecka?

8

medeltidsveckan pågår i 8 dagar

helig vecka

32

sedan starten 1984 har medeltidsveckan genomförts varje år vecka 32

stor marknad

170

På medeltidsmarknaden finns c:a 170 marknadsstånd

98%

av besökarna anger 4 eller 5 i betyg på en femgradig skala när de bedömer sitt intryck av medeltidsveckan

Publik

23.000

Besökare på sommarens tornerspel

återkommande besökare

79%

av besökarna har varit på medeltidsveckan tidigare

Battle of Wisby

1361

I sommar återskapas slaget om Visby år 1361

Sysselsättningseffekter

136

En upplaga av Medeltidsveckan genererar 136 teoretiska årsanställningar på Gotland

Könsfördelning

53%

Andelen kvinnliga besökare under Medeltidsveckan