The Trakai Island Castle will host the event "Night at the Museum" for the seventh time on the 18th of May, 2012. It is once a year time possibility to visit the spectacular castle at night.
That day the castle’s gates remain open after working hours of the museum are over and its guests can enjoy the extraordinary atmosphere of the castle. Museum staff and history enthusiasts are dressed in medieval costumes, craftsmen and merchants line up in the courtyard alongside defensive wall, cooks prepare food on fire, recapturing an authentic atmosphere of medieval castle. As it gets darker, the event will continue in a dim light of torches and candles; the usage of electricity is limited to minimum. In the castle, an unusual life for a museum boils up: visitors can talk to the Duke’s painter, meet noble courtiers, play chess with the Duke or talk to a monk… An ominous executioner, the Duke’s joker and other residents of the castle mingle around.
Throughout the event, combats of knights, various concerts and theatre performances take place in the courtyard and in the Great Hall of the castle. Traditional ritual of the event is a theatrical sacrifice to Lake Galvė. Monks, dames and their maidens will take the most curious guests to excursions through labyrinths of the castle. A search for hidden treasure will take place as every year. The castle will be full of life till the event ends well after midnight.
PROGRAM OF THE NIGHT:
19.00–22.00 Presentation of crafts (potters, coiner, blacksmith, jeweller, cutler, leather worker, brass moulder, wood carver and others).
20.00 Program „Evening songs“ by ceremonial folk band „Kūlgrinda“ (outer courtyard).
20.10 Guitarists Valerij Čaikin and Aleksej Bačinskij in musical project "Gita Ra" – "Sun song" (the great hall)
20.40 Performance of the early music and dance group „Festa Cortese“ (outer courtyard)
21.00 Knights‘ performance (forecastle).
21.40 Performance of the early music and dance group „Festa Cortese“ (outer courtyard).
22.00 Performance „Princess and the shepherd“ of Vilnius theatre „Doll“ (the great hall). Excursion to the nocturnal castle.
22.15 Concert of worldfolk group „Motley music“ (outer courtyard).
23.00 Concert by Aleksandras Makejevas (the great hall).
23.10 Performance of the early music and dance group „Festa Cortese“ (outer courtyard).
23.40 Program „Ta ta to“ of dance and fire studio „Čiutyta plius“ (outer courtyard).
Guests will be invited to a pub, a joker will not allow them to feel sad, and a castle artist, creators of stained glass, monks, noble ladies and court will meet quests in the castle halls. On the terrace of Dukes‘ palace a shooting gallery will be open.
We will gladly book tickets for you - just contact us!
Pictures from Trakai History Museum www.trakaimuziejus.lt