Arts and Sciences

We are extremely proud that Great Northeastern War offers a showcase for a broad selection of arts and sciences related activities – something for everyone! At this time, we plan to again offer bardic activities, and Arts & Sciences exhibition, a full slate of classes, and much, much more!

More information and a full schedule will be available shortly. If you have questions or would like to volunteer, please contact the Arts & Sciences coordinator, .

Again this year we will be offering a broad slate of classes at Great Northeastern University – and remember that both teaching and attending classes is part of the Arts and Sciences War Point. For more information, please contact  or visit the class page and fill out the online formPlease be sure to include an email so the class coordinator can confirm your scheduling!

The Annual Malagentian New-Moon Balle

We are very pleased again this year to invite all our guests to the Malagentian New Moon Balle. Dance in Malagentia, like almost everything else, is fairly informal; we welcome everyone to stop by, dance a little, dance a lot, or just enjoy the live music and make some new friends.

The Balle will be held on Friday night in the Main Barn, starting at 8:00 pm. The DisSonatas will provide music for the evening; visiting musicians interested in joining in should speak with Mistress Mickel before the start of the Balle.

If you’ve never done Renaissance dancing, or if you merely need a refresher, dance classes will be held in the Main Barn in the hours leading up to the Balle. Check the Class Listing for times. Please note that there will be very limited formal dance instruction during the Balle.

List of Dances:

Set 1:

Lorayne Almayn; Horses Bransle; Jenny Pluck Pears; Scottish Bransle; Gracca Amorosa; Rufty Tufty; Anello; Upon A Summer’s Day; Pinagay Bransle; Ly Bens Distoays; Gathering Peascods.

Set 2:
Black Almayn; Bransle Official; Black Nag; Bizzarria d’Amore; Belle Qui (Carolingian Pavan); Galliard by Holborne; Hearts Ease; Maltese Bransle (Schiarazula Marazula); Petit Vriens; Goddesses; Korobushka; Sellenger’s Round.

.pdf “crib sheet” document with the list of dances and some instructions for dances.

Bardic

There will be many bardic events this year at Great Northeastern War, including a puppet show, bardic showcase, and various performances. Visit Bardic Grove on Merchants Row to get your music and entertainment fix!

Embroidery Challenge – Adult & Youth

The Embroidery Challenge is a unique competition that tests your ability to plan and create an embroidered work in a short period of time. Embroidery kits for both adult (18+) and youth (17 and under) challenge will be available at Information Point. Kits are first­ come, first ­served, and will be available starting at 8:00 am on Friday. Competitors will design and construct an embroidery work on a specified theme using only materials supplied in the kit. The completed piece must be turned ­in at the Main Barn for judging at the end of Court on Saturday night, and the winner will be announced and prize awarded at closing ceremonies on Sunday morning. Please write your name on the paper provided so we know who to return the needlework to at the end, and return all hoops and needles when you turn in your kit!

Guild and Organization Meetings

Great Northeastern War is also a great place to host a meeting for your guild, group or organization.  If you would like to schedule event space for a meeting of your guild or other group, or schedule space for a special tournament, please  and we will do everything we can to honor your request.

Arts & Sciences War Points

The Arts & Sciences War Points will be determined by the outcome of the competitions listed below.

Great Northeastern University (war point)

Each teacher will earn five points for his or her declared side, and each person attending the class will earn one point for his or her declared side. The side with the highest point total wins the overall point. In order to qualify for the point, all teachers must pre­-schedule their class with the Class coordinator by 11:59 PM on Friday, June 30. Please click here to visit the class page to get more information or to sign up to teach a class.

The Potables Competition (war point)

The format of the competition is a round table, where entrants are part of the judging panel. Entries are limited to 1 per category, with categories being: Beer/Ale, Mead, Wine, and Cordials/Other. If you are unsure of which category your potable belongs in, feel free to contact Mistress Sylvia du Vey or ask when you arrive at the competition. Documentation is not required to enter, be scored, and have comments on your potable. However, be aware that part of the final score will include documentation, so it’s a huge plus. Our judging criteria this year is sanctioned by the East Kingdom Brewers Guild and this competition is considered “official.” Please find the forms for judging on the EKBG website. Go to “Guild Documents” and “Competition Score Sheet.” Bring a clear tasting glass, a palate cleanser (such as bread or plain crackers), and some water. Arrive early to fill out forms and enter. The competition starts promptly at 2:30. Due to time constraints, no entries will be accepted after that time.

Youth Arts and Sciences Grand Exhibition (war point)

Young Scholars and Artisans of the East are invited to display their work in a Grand Arts & Sciences Exhibition and compete for a War Point with their effort! Each entrant in the Grand Exhibition will earn five (5) points toward winning the exhibition for their declared side. In addition, each comment card filled out by viewers of the exhibition will earn one (1) point toward winning the exhibition for the commenters declared side. All members of the populace are invited to bring small tokens to gift to youths they feel have done exemplary work, so that the youth of the East may better know that they are part of the great community of artisans and scholars for which the East is so well known. Children and youth of ALL ages are most welcome to participate, and adult-child joint projects may also be submitted for display. At the close of the exhibition, the points will be tallied and the side with the most points will earn one war point.

Completed or in-progress work of any variety is welcome, and documentation is always lovely but never required! We’ll have some basic “worksheet” style documentation sheets you can fill in with information, if you have it in your head but not on paper. If you were influenced by an existing piece, however, bringing a photo of the work that inspired you is always a nice addition to a display.

The Exhibition will be open to the public for commenting on Saturday from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm in the barn. Entries must be signed in at the Main Barn on Saturday between 11:00 and 11:30 am and must be picked up on Saturday afternoon between 2:00 and 2:30 pm. Items not picked up by 2:30 pm will be taken to Lost and Found at Information Point.

Items entered in the Exhibition will be attended by GNE war staff at all times. If you need a mannequin or other special equipment to properly display your item please bring that with you (we will provide exhibit tables/chairs only). We strongly suggest that all scrolls be framed, covered or protected in some way. Documentation is optional, however some sort of brief (one page or less) description of the item and its background, context, construction or use is encouraged.

Arts and Sciences Grand Exhibition (war point)

The Arts & Sciences Grand Exhibition is open to any and all arts and sciences related objects or projects, finished or “in progress”, by artists of any age. There will be a separate Youth Table for work by younger artists. All are encouraged to participate. This is an easy way to contribute to the war effort!

Each entrant in the Arts & Sciences Grand Exhibition will earn five (5) points toward winning the exhibition for their declared side. In addition, each comment card filled out by viewers of the exhibition will earn one (1) point toward winning the exhibition for the commenter’s declared side. In addition to filling out comment cards, companions of the order of the Laurel and Maunche are encouraged to bring small tokens to recognize exhibits that they find to be outstanding. At the close of the exhibition, the points will be tallied and the side with the most points will earn one war point.

The Exhibition will be open to the public for commenting on Saturday from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm.

Entries must be signed in at the Main Barn on Saturday between 11:00 am and 11:30 am, and must be picked up on Saturday afternoon between 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm. Items not picked up by 3:00 pm will be taken to Lost and Found at Information Point. Items entered in the Exhibition will be attended by GNE war staff at all times. If you need a mannequin or other special equipment to properly display your item please bring that with you (we will provide exhibit tables/chairs only). We strongly suggest that all scrolls be framed, covered or protected in some way.

Documentation is optional, however some sort of brief (one page or less) description of the item and its background, context, construction or use is encouraged. Cards will be available for entrants to write basic information about the item being displayed. Entrants may also choose to sit with their item to answer questions for all or part of the Exhibition if they so desire. We do not want a lack of documentation to discourage you from entering any item for comment.

Arts & Sciences Schedule

Thursday
All Day: Great Northeastern University classes

Friday
All Day: Great Northeastern University classes
8:00 am: Embroidery Challenge Kits available for pickup (Info Point)
8:00 pm: Malagentian New Moon Balle (Barn)
After Dark: Concert – Lady Solveig and Friends (Bardic)

Saturday
All Day: Great Northeastern University classes
11:00 am: Grand Exhibition Registration Opens (Barn)
11:00 am: Youth Exhibition Registration Opens (Barn)
11:30 am: Grand Exhibition Display Opens (Barn)
11:30 am: Youth Exhibition Display Opens (Barn)
2:00 pm: Potables Competition Sign In Opens (barn)
2:30 pm: Potables Round Table Judging Begins (barn)
2:00 pm: Puppet Show “Aesop’s Fables & Other Tales” (Bardic)
2:00 pm: Youth & Grand Exhibition Display Ends
3:00 pm: Youth & Grand Exiitibion Item Pick Up Ends
End of Court: Embroidery Challenge Ends (turn it at Barn)
1 hour after Court: Open bardic circle (Bardic)