ARTifacts – Pruszkow Archaeological Festival

ARTifacts – Pruszkow Archaeological Festival

In order to commemorate the 100th anniversary of conferring civic rights to Pruszkow, the Stefan Woyda Museum of Ancient Mazovian Metallurgy, together with numerous partners, will organise ARTifacts – the Pruszkow Archaeological Festival. This is an unprecedented special event from 9 to 11 of september 2016.

The idea of the festival is to show a new and diversified approach to the ancient legacy of Mazovia. Contrary to modern opinion, its terrain occupied a unique position on the map of the ancient world. The second largest metallurgical centre of “barbarian” Europe, which existed at the turn of eras in Mazovia, had contacts both with nearby tribes and the Roman Empire, creating a unique place in Europe where goods and ideas were exchanged.

During the three days of the festival, through hundreds of events combining popular science, art and animation, ARTifacts will present a phenomenon, which was awaiting its glory for 2,000 years. In the whole city – in parks, squares, cultural institutions, cafés and housing estates, you will be able to meet people re-​enacting ancient lifestyles and reconstructing ancient technologies, theatrical creators, scientists, artists and activity organisers. There will be historical camps, an international ironsmelting forum, points where history will be promoted, a series of lectures, theatrical shows, workshops, classes for the youth, performative readings and much more.

In the era of great questions concerning the identity of European culture, participants will be get to know the key role that ancient tradition was and still is playing role in shaping the European culture community.

The whole event is divided into eight thematic blocks:

  1. ARTE – Art in antiquity, antiquity in art
  2. ANTIQUITY and pop culture
  3. FIREproof – an international ironsmelters and blacksmiths forum
  4. SCIENTIFIC – popularisation of academic knowledge
  5. Historical re-​ENACTMENT
  6. KIDS’ zone
  7. Animations – CITYactivities
  8. ARTifact study


ARTE – Art in Antiquity, Antiquity in art


The block consists of over twenty artistic and literary activities organised in several locations in the city, which include:

-  full time and short, performative theatrical forms,

- an outdoor performance – staging of an excerpt from Homer’s “Iliad”,

- story evenings – using extracts from ancient epic poetry,

- plays with commentary – 25–35 minute spectacles whose aim is to present some customs of people of the ancient world in the most interesting way possible.

The block will be complemented by, among others, literary meetings organised by Ksiaznica Pruszkowska, artistic activities by Salon Pruszkowski (painting) and a special edition of Pruszkow’s Summer Cinema.


ANTIQUITY and pop culture


The block is aimed at presenting the modern representation of the ancient world in pop culture. Comic books, films, computer games, graphics and toys – these are the main sources of knowledge on antiquity for the majority of children and adolescents. We would like to present the most popular streams and, at the same time, indicate the source of inspiration of their creators, separating the historical truth from artistic creation (while pointing to valuable and creative artistic initiatives).

The Framework Programme of the block is as follows:

- antic heroes/​comic heroes as modern demigods – a bookcase with comic books,

- antiquity in computer games, films and on the Internet;

- antiquity-​themed board games,

How to revive antiquity – DigitalArt – a meeting with Mariusz Kozik.


FIREproof – an international ironsmelters and blacksmiths forum


As a reference to the ancient legacy of Pruszkow, an international meeting of researchers, scientists and people reconstructing the ironsmelting process using prehistory and historic methods will be organised. The meeting will be of an unprecedented nature in Poland and will be only one of a few of such kind in Europe, where specialists from Denmark, Norway, the U.S., Canada and Poland (Mazovia, Swietokrzyskie and Silesia) will present their knowledge and experience related to the topic.

An open experimental space will be created in the park, where invited guests will work, while the visitors will have an opportunity to observe their work and gain knowledge from their unique and vast experience. During the event, apart from ironsmelters, talented blacksmiths will also take part, who are specialised in modern sculptures, installations and archaeological reconstructions. The shows and experiments will be complemented by popular science lectures and discussions.


SCIENTIFIC – popularisation of academic knowledge


 The ARTifacts festival is a unique opportunity for scientists from various academic centres to present the latest state of studies on antic history and culture.

As part of the block, a series of five half-​an-​hour lectures (5 lectures a day) is planned to be organised in partnership with the UMCS Institute of History. The lectures will take place in a specially-​arranged area of the Potulicki Park, which is situated in the vicinity of the reconstruction camp.

The block will be complemented by the Plato Academy for the youngest visitors – a series of meetings with a philosopher who will present the issues considered by ancient thinkers to children.


Historic re-​ENACTMENT


For the needs of the re-​enactment, the Potulicki Park will be divided into several historic camps: a Roman military camp, a German camp, a Celtic camp, a Greek camp and a craft and education camp. Each station will be arranged in such a way that it can realistically present the issues shown by the best Polish re-​enactment groups.

The direct vicinity of the KIDS’ zone and the SCIENTIFIC block allows us to carry out many interdisciplinary activities and to locate events addressed to various target groups near each other (which will allow whole families to spend time actively, by adjusting to their individual preferences).

In the educational and workshop area there will be, among others, stations related to: Roman cuisine, olive lamps, leatherworking, games, ancient art, ancient cosmetics, clothes and hairstyles, music, ancient mosaic school, ancient sports, weaving, gladiators, horn making, ceramics, barbarians, slave trade, ancient magic and roman legions.


KIDS’s zone


In this special zone, the youngest visitors will be able to take part in several activities, which will allow them to spend fun, pleasurable and creative time. Thanks to trained activity organisers, they will be able to take part in animations, artistic workshops and mobility games – moderns ones and some inspired by the past. Children will have comfortable and safe conditions in which they will be able to spend their time creatively and will not be subjected to the risks related to the high flow of guests.


Animations – cityACTIVITIES


It is a spatially dispersed block, which will become an active part of the urban fabric. Among numerous animations and activities organised by co-​organisers, culture and education institutions and non-​governmental organisations, “Breakfasts in the Park” and artistic workshops will be organised.


ARTifact study


As part of the block, chosen monuments or their identical copies will be placed in various locations of Pruszkow. Elements of minor exhibition architecture will be located in specially-​arranged places together with descriptions explaining the context behind them. Some of the monuments presented will be accompanied by activities. Thanks to those simple messages, attention will be drawn to the fact that the remains of material culture, even if they look inconspicuous at the first appearance, are the source of knowledge on the past, including the oldest history of today’s Pruszkow.

Apart from the primary task, which is to promote the idea of the festival, the ARTifact study is aimed at promotion of the entire project. Because of that, the block will begin to function in May in a form of, among others, “Breakfasts in the park” in organised in Pruszkow.



ARTifacts – Pruszkow Archaeological Festival – 9–11.09.2016

Friday – festival lessons for groups

Saturday – 12:00–19:00

Sunday – 12:00–18:00


Public transport
By WKD (Warsaw Commuter Railway) from station Warszawa Śródmieście WKD (please make sure to have the ticket of this transport company) – approximately 25 minutes. Transport recomended by Muzeum.

By Koleje Mazowieckie and Szybka Kolej Miejska (ZTM zone II) from station Warszawa Śródmieście (please make sure to have the ticket of this transport company) – approximately 25 minutes.

The following website may be useful when planning your trip to the Museum:


Visitors arriving at the Museum by car may use free city parking spaces.




Pl. Jana Pawła II 2
05–800 Pruszków
tel. 22 758 72 66

e-​mail: muzeum@​mshm.​pl

Museum Director – Festival Coordinator

Dorota Słowińska

e-​mail: d.​slowinska@​mshm.​pl

mob. 602 369 933
phone 22 758 72 66

PR, Media, Press Office

Kamila Brodowska

e-​mail: k.​brodowska@​mshm.​pl

mob. 501 834 440
phone 22 758 72 66