Old fair under the castle


Istra Inspirit will help revive old town streets and squares of Vrsar on Sunday, June 16th 2019 starting at 8 p.m. within the event – Old fair under the castle, we will demostrate a piece of Vrsar Earldom atmosphere. Istra Inspirit performers will re-enact the Vrsar way of living in the 17th century – specifically the year 1609 when the first Vrsar statute was issued. The performance is based on the historical statute „Statuti et Ordini nel Castello di Orsera“.

All visitors will be able to try their luck in the Istra Inspirit interactive game – „Become a CITTADINO ILLUSTRE of the Vrsar castle“, where they will have to prove they are obeying the rules of the Vrsar Statute and perform certain tasks in order to become castle’s residence. The Statute was issued by Poreč bishops which with it made sure there was peace in the old town core at the time. The entrance to the old town was controlled – meaning all men had to be freshly shaved, there was only one stove oven to bake bread, wine quality was controlled. The ones who broke any of the statute parts were punished on the Shame pillar on the town square.

Lovers of Istrian tradition and gastronomy will enjoy the Old fair’s programme – they’ll be able to visit stands of more than a dozen family run farms and crafts which will present their products and souvenirs of wood, stone leather and lavender.

The Old fair under the castle event will lead visitors on a time travel and show them the Vrsar way of living in the 17th century according to the Statute. The Statute contributed to Vrsar’s development , since strict hygene rules prevented diseases present in other Istrian places.
All Earldom living characteristics will be presented  through Old fair organized by Vrsar Tourism Board in cooperation with Istra Inspirit and Vrsar caterer’s association.

This year’s second edition will be held on September 7th and 8th.