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HEMA Events In 2015

by Meg Floyd 

Below is as accurate and complete a list of HEMA events this year I could cobble together, between Facebook and posts floating around on Tumblr. It is by no means necessarily comprehensive of ALL events happening in the world this year. If you do not see your event listed here, please email me so I can add it! 

January

Kron LA HEMA Block Party – California

Helsinki Longsword Open – Finland
Encuentro de Artes Marciales Europeas – Mexico

February

Dreynevent – Vienna, Austria

March

SWASH – Leeds UK
Purpleheart Open – Texas
Historical Mixed Martial Arts Torneo del NordOvest – Italy
Bunny Bash – Belgium
Brass Frog – Connecticut
Shortpoint 2015 – Baltimore
Florentia 2015 – Italy

Vancouver Int’l Swordplay Symposium

Int’l Saber Symposium – Germany 

Vasaslaget – Sweden

Meyerstag – Slovenia

April

International Meeting FISAS – Italy
Bratislava Fecht – Slovakia
Copenhagen Open Longsword – Denmark
Study In Steel – South Carolina

Nord Fecht – Poland

American Smallsword Symposium – Maryland

May

HEMAC – Dijon, France
Krieges-Schule – Colorado & Florida (Postponed until 2016) 
Feder SKUNKS – Poland
Örebro Open – Sweden
Meyer Convivium – Italy
Ladies’ Weekend – Austria

Fechtschule New York – New York

June

Paris HEMA Open
Schwertkampfturnier ‘Sword of Vienna’ – Austria
London HEMA Open (postponed until 2016) – UK
CombatCon – Las Vegas

July

Barcelona Historical Fencing Meeting – Spain
Longpoint – Maryland
Donnerschlag – Germany
Edgebana 2015 – Scotland

August

FightCamp UK
Pacific Northwest HEMA Gathering – Seattle
Torre de Hércules – Spain
Bergen Open (cancelled) – Norway
World Wide Open Longsword and Rapier Championships – Hannover, Germany
Bellum Nobile – Düsseldorf, Germany
Rossfechten Symposium – Switzerland
Fechtwoche auf Burg Reichenstein 2015 – Austria
Fechtschule Frisbee – New Hampshire

September

International Lowlands HEMA Gathering – Netherlands
Western Martial Arts Workshop – Chicago
Sword Island – Spain
Fechtfest (cancelled) – Germany
Taurhemachia – Italy
Trainerlehrgang Langes Schwert 2015 – Austria

HEMA Celje

October

SoCal Swordfight – California (Maybe? Not positive on this one.)
Encuentro Internacional AEEA – Spain
Historical European Fighting & Fencing Arts Coalition – Netherlands
Iron Gate Exhibition – Boston

W3 Warsaw – Poland

Smallsword Symposium – UK 

November

Swordfish – Gothenburg, Sweden
Feder SMDF – Poland
Malta Historical Fencing Association International Meeting

December

NA

Further resources:

HEMA Events Map International

Sources: http://mindhost.tumblr.com/post/95176785497/hema-international-event-calendar

* My personal FB events page.

Edits: I’ve added a few more, W3 Warsaw in Poland, Vasaslaget in Sweden, VISS, ISS, American Smallsword Symposium, and Smallsword Symposium. I’ve also added Feile na Gaiscigh in Ireland.


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Help Make History, Horses, and Swords Happen!

by Meg Floyd

In Switzerland this summer, a historic event will be taking place, the first of its kind–the first ever Rossfechten seminar, the art of German Kunst de Fechten combined with horseback riding.

From the Indigogo page, “We have the chance to create a truly historic event, the first of it’s kind, combining some of the most challenging disciplines in existence, riding, martial arts and historical research. Fifteenth century German fencing manuals call the art of combat on horseback Rossfechten. This means not just fighting on horseback but horse and rider fighting as one. To return this to life is our ultimate goal.  We are a group of  HEMAists (Historical European Martial Artists)   accomplished riders and re-enactors who are passionate about reconstructing mounted combat from period sources in the interest of better understanding our history and heritage. We welcome every one of you to attend, but understand that not everyone can. If you would love to come but cannot  please make  this possible for others. Your donations can make this event successful and most importantly annual so we can hope to see you in the future. You can take our event from obscure and academic to EPIC!”

The event’s organizers are trying to raise €2,000 by March 4th in order to procure a riding facility that will allow them to carry out their event at full capacity. Sponsors to the Indiegogo campagin can choose from a number of perks, the most appealing of which is the €25 perk of being entered into a raffle for a beautiful pewter Landsknecht flask.

If you want to help see a truly historic event for HEMA take place, click here to donate to the campaign.