This year, on 11 and 12 May, the the Aquincum Museum will be hosting for the 30th time its largest traditional Roman event, the most popular holiday of the Roman period, the Floralia spring festival.

The ancient festival comes back to life at the Aquincum Museum at an event organised by the Friends of Aquincum.  Young florists will decorate the Museum and Archaeological Park with flower displays inspired by Roman art. Visitors can explore the crafts of the ancient world and discover the daily lives of Roman soldiers, gladiators, Germanic and Celtic warriors and watch their combat re-enactments. Visitors can also participate in an interactive adventure, in which they can unravel an Aquincum mystery as they discover the Archaeological Park and the camps of the re-enactors.

EVENT PROGRAMME:

Saturday, 11 May 2019

10:00-10:30 Combat training at the Celtic village
10:30-10:45 Celtic parallel stories 1. (in HU)
10:30-11:00 Trappolka – musical games for kids (in HU)
10:30-11:30 Herbal tour of the archaeological park (in HU)
10:45-11:15 Barbarian workout (Gepid-Germanic parallel stories 1.)

10:45-11:30 Ancient tales by Térszínház (in HU)
11:00-11:20 How did gladiators fight? 
11:30-11:45 Roman parallel stories 1. (in HU)
11:45-12:10 Festival procession and sacrifice in honour of Flora
12:10-12:20 Ordaining of the priest of Flora

12:30-12:45 Roman parallel stories 2. (in HU)
12:30-13:15 Tour of the People of dragons and birds temporary exhibition (in HU)
12:30-13:30 How did the Romans write? Calligraphy workshop
12:45-13:30 Gladiatorial games with organ music at the amphitheatre (at the Aquincum HÉV stop!)
13:10-13:30 Matres, matronae – The Celtic, Germanic and Roman cult of mother goddesses (in HU)

13:20-15:00 Games and tales in antiquity (in HU)
13:30-13:40 Gepid parallel stories 2. (in HU)
13:30-14:00 Latin crash course (in HU)
13:50-14:00 Germanic parallel stories 2. (in HU)
14:00-14:45 Interactive tour of the Symphorus Mithraeum (in HU)

14:00-15:30 Ask the Celt to tell your fortune! – Ogham and Talking Stones (in HU)
14:15-14:25 Celtic parallel stories 2. (in HU)
15:00-15:45 Gladiatorial games (Roman parallel stories 2.) (in HU)
15:00-15:45 Public talk: ’Clay tablet, stylus, papyrus’ (in HU)
15:15-15:45 Roman dance class

15:30-17:00 Games and tales in antiquity (in HU)
15:15-15:30 Germanic parallel stories 3. (in HU)
15:45-16:00 Gepid parallel stories 3. (in HU)
16:00-16:30 Gladiator tales (in HU)
16:00-16:45 Celtic parallel stories 3. (in HU)

16:15-17:15 Marriage ceremony tent (in HU)
16:30-17:00 Slave auction (in HU)
17:15-17:30 Introducing the timeless warriors! (where the parallel stories meet) (in HU)
17:30-18:00 Rome vs. the Barbarians
18:15-19:00 Celtic dances

18:15-19:00 Ancient theatre: A son-in-law for Jupiter! – A ton of divine favour (in HU)
19:00-19:30 A wine tour of Pannonia from antiquity to the present day (in HU)

Sunday, 12 May 2019

10:00-10:30 Combat training at the Celtic village
10:30-10:45 Celtic parallel stories 1. (in HU)
10:30-11:00 Trappolka – musical games for kids (in HU)
10:30-11:30 Herbal tour of the archaeological park (in HU)
10:45-11:15 Barbarian workout (Gepid-Germanic parallel stories 1.)

10:45-11:30 Ancient tales by Térszínház (in HU)
11:00-11:20 How did gladiators fight?
11:30-11:45 Roman parallel stories 1. (in HU)
11:45-12:10 Festival procession and sacrifice in honour of Flora
12:10-12:20 Ordaining of the priest of Flora

12:20-13:20 Tour of the archaeological park (in HU)
12:20-14:00 Games and tales in antiquity (in HU)
12:30-12:45 Roman parallel stories 2. (in HU)
12:30-13:30 How did the Romans write? Calligraphy workshop
12:45-13:30 Gladiatorial games with organ music at the amphitheatre (at the Aquincum HÉV stop!)

13:10-13:30 Matres, matronae – The Celtic, Germanic and Roman cult of mother goddesses (in HU)
13:30-13:40 Gepid parallel stories 2. (in HU)
13:30-14:00 Latin crash course (in HU)
13:50-14:00 Germanic parallel stories 2. (in HU)
14:00-14:45 Interactive tour of the Symphorus Mithraeum (in HU)

14:00-15:30 Ask the Celt to tell your fortune! – Ogham and Talking Stones (in HU)
14:15-14:25 Celtic parallel stories 2. (in HU)
15:00-15:45 Gladiatorial games (Roman parallel stories 2.)
15:00-15:45 Public talk: ’Clay tablet, stylus, papyrus’ (in HU)
15:15-15:30 Germanic parallel stories 3. (in HU)

15:15-15:45 Roman dance class
15:30-17:00 Games and tales in antiquity (in HU)
15:45-16:00 Gepid parallel stories 3. (in HU)
16:00-16:30 Gladiator tales (in HU)
16:00-16:45 Celtic parallel stories 3. (in HU)

16:15-17:15 Marriage ceremony tent (in HU)
16:30-17:00 Slave auction (in HU)
17:15-17:30 Introducing the timeless warriors! (where the parallel stories meet) (in HU)
17:30-18:00 Rome vs. the Barbarians
18:15-19:00 Celtic dances
18:15-19:00 Ancient theatre: A son-in-law for Jupiter! – A ton of divine blessing (in HU)

Programmes running continuously on both days:

  • Discover ancient daily life and weapons in the camps of the re-enactors
  • Gladiatorial school and mini-arena games for kids
  • Games of skill
  • Interactive adventure: in the footsteps of the timeless warriors (11:00-17:00)
  • Bread baking (14:00-18:00)
  • Exhibition of ancient instruments (only during the Floralia)
  • Arts and crafts workshops, crafts fair (felting, pottery making, jewellery making, net weaving, basket weaving, forging, plant weaving, weaving-knitting, shield painting, fresco making)

We reserve the right to make changes to the programme!

 

Tickets
Full price 2000 HUF
Student/Senior/Disabled 1000 HUF
Children (ages 3-6) 500 HUF
Family ticket (2 adults + 2 children) 5000 HUF

All visitors with a permanent address in the 3rd District receive a 50% discount:

Discount ticket (full price) 1000 HUF
Discount ticket (Student/Senior/Disabled) 500 HUF
Discount ticket (Children) 250 HUF

 

We are only able to accept CASH at the event!

Tickets: at the museum’s usual ticket desk (1031 Budapest, Szentendrei út 135.), and only during the event at the Keled Street (northern) gate

Public transport: Bus 34, 134 and 106 (Záhony utca or Aquincum stop), H5 HÉV and train (Aquincum stop)

Parking: at the museum’s car park, via the gate at Szentendrei út 133., and at the car park of the neighbouring shopping centre

 

The event is supported by: 

The Municipality of Óbuda-Békásmegyer

The Óbuda Cultural Centre

Market Építő Zrt.

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