Interested to see crossbowman in action with their medieval crossbow? See them on Tournaments held annually on 09.05. 25.06., 27.07. and 15.08. at
20.30h on the St. Christopher square in Rab town.
Rab Crossbow Association was established on 15th February 1995, with the goal of restoring the medieval chivalric tradition of Rab. The very Knight games the crossbowmen renewed on October 28 the same year. Since then, knights' tournament has been held more than 150 times in Rab, abroad and in other Croatian cities. The Association includes 156 members divided into groups such as
crossbowmen, drummers, trumpeters, flag bearers, dancers, music players,
gunners and nobility. The games were introduced in the Middle Ages Rab to honor Defense of the city and in honor of the patron Saint. Christopher. They were held for the city's biggest celebrations, May 9 (Dies Victoriae) and on July 27 (Dies Natalis). In
addition to these dates, restored games, a parade and
the tournament are nowdays held also on 25th June and on Assumption day, August 15. In addition, the Association Crossbowmen in its present day existence records numerous other performances and guest appearances in towns such as San
Marino, Königsbrunn and elsewhere. It also received many awards and
recognition for their work.
The weapon is a crossbow. The
first in Europe crossbow was used by old Goths in the 4th century to fight at a
distance, and in Rab it was used in the 11th century for defending the town from
the city walls. Such ancient crossbow today exists except on the island Rab only in Republic San Marino.
Since the establishment of the Association of Rab's crossbowmen, this tournament has become a central cultural and tourist event of the island.
RAB FIERA -DAYS OFTHE MIDDLE AGES 25th to 27th of July annually
With thecelebrationin honor of thepatronSaintof the island St.Christopherevery year is also held 'Rab Fair- Days ofthe MiddleAges'.Feastinwhichare presented the customs,crafts, lifestyle andspirit of theisland'smedieval.This eventtakes placeon an openstage-in the streets ofthe oldest partof town of Rab -Kaldanac,involvingthe islandersandfriendsand from Montegiardino and Koenigsbrunna. Participants enacttheancientcustoms, present storiesabout the historyof the island,mintcoins, weave baskets, carve stone,wood.. Many local artists andcraftsmen demonstratetheir skills,potters,painters,honey maker, florist,notars.Showingthetypical medievalvillage households, women combingwool,weave,grindtheflour,bread making,stompingthe grapes. Local vocal groups sing oldsongs.Crossbowmanrevealthe secrets ofhandling thecrossbowwhileonthe streets the drumswarntheconvict arrest...Festival lasts for three days andculminates with the cross-bow tournament andfireworks.
Rab Musical evenings For more thansome 30years,Musical eveningsare themost eminentmusiciansof classicalmusicfrom the Croatianandabroad.They take placein the summer months(July- September),a week-Thursdays atHoly CrossChurch,beginning21h.
Rabartsummer Exhibitionsof local andforeign artistsat various locations arround the town and island;inthe Ducal Palace,in St.Nicholas church, PIKGallery,GalleryParadiso.Throughout the year,withthe emphasisona greater numberof shows during thesummermonths.
RABSUMMERFESTIVAL - music festival every summerin August-offersperformances byrenownednational and internationalstars.It takes placeoutdoors with concerts going for a periodof 2-3 evenings in a raw.
Super Saturdays @ Santos - DJ- concerts & best clubbing Pudarica beach / each saturday in July & August
Dj Marc Bucca 2011
- Rab Nautic Passion -Boat Show presenting small local shipyards 'Rab seven small boats"- presentation of the local craftmenship and small shipbuilders on the island Rab and a Regatta"Catch the Wind ". It takes place in April.
- Rab Trekking -Race in pristine nature. Usually held in November, intended for runners amateurs and professionals, men and women. three levels of competition: recreational runners, mountaneering runners and ultra (meaning 10, 25 or 35 km track length). It takes place in November.
- Rab Adventure Challenge is an adventure race for professional athletes and amateurs on the rise; trekking, mountain biking,kayaking, swimming, diving, coasteering (mastering coast)..It is held in late September or in October / after onorganizer announcement.
- Rab MTB Marathon "Grab theBike andRide" -MTB race for amateur riders,challenging for professionals; Ride on all types of terrain, from asphalt and concrete to forest trails and unpaved; 40 or 80 km trail. Held in May.
- Rab Triathlon -Triathlon Race Croatian championships, each year brings together more than 200 participants. Held in June.
- Sun Adria Cup - international tennis tournament, Lopar in June - Angling Barbat, in September
ENTERTAINMENT AND TRADITIONS:
- Festival of sculpture in the sand, Lopar, in mid June. - Samba Festival Lopar;Entertainment in Latinoamerican rhythms in July - Fishermans party- several times a year in places on the island - Our Lady Lopar - religiouse Feast 08:09. and a local entertainment (soccer tournament, competition in bowling, rope pulling and other traditional sports. Rosated lamb and ox on the spit, Fair... - Eco Šetemana / week and Kanata, presentation of local organic food and entertainment, in October - Rab Bells - performances by local folklor groups and a capella singing groups Klapa in the city, in June and September. -Pumid'Or -Fiesta de Salsa- Salsa cooking Competition in Lopar, August