From the start it was decided to organise this festival as historically correct as possible. This is also the most important requirement that we set for our participating groups. The setting where the event takes place is therefore divided into two parts. The main area where most groups find shelter and a smaller area with information stands and more alternative approaches.
This choice has ensured that the GRW is an educatively responsible event in which the visitor learns a lot about the daily and military life of that period. Our re-enactors are all experts in their specialty. There are the soldiers, but you can get acquainted with shoemakers, basket weavers, blacksmiths, weavers,…
In addition to people interested in history, one-day visitors and families, the GRW can also welcome numerous secondary school students. The latter come in class during the weekend, a non-school day, to get to know that period better. We are visited by schools from all over Flanders and also Wallonia. Our approach being consistent with the national curriculum is proven by the fact that many of those schools have become regular visitors and have adopted this weekend in their yearly calendar.
In the past, many big names from the world of re-enacting have joined us. The Ermine Street Guard (UK), Römer Cohorte Opladen (D), Ave Bagacum (F), les Ambiani (FR), les Enfants de Finn (F) just to name a few. Others, such as the "Roman" Legio XI Claudia Pia Fidelis and the "" Celtic "Deuoxtonion, both originated in Belgium, were created by the GRW, as it were, and were also given the first chance to interact with the general public. Legio XI has since grown into one of the best "Roman" groups in Europe.
Who?Modestly founded and started in 1996 (in 1996, 1997, 1998 & 1999 it was still an annual event) the GRW has grown into the largest of its kind in the Benelux and Northern France. Until 2017, the GRW was organized by the vzw Viroviacum Romanum (VR) and since 2019 the subsidiary vzw Gallo-Roman Weekend became the organizer. Due to the restrictions regarding the current Covid-19 measures, the event cannot take place in 2021 and will be postponed by one year to 2022. Vzw Gallo-Roman Weekend, however, will continue to organize the event every 2 years to secure the highest quality in what we offer to our audience. VR will in the future focus on workshops, lectures, exhibitions, day trips, the follow-up of archaeological excavations in Wervik…. More information about VR can be found at: www.viroviacum.be.
The non-profit organization GRW consists of a group of enthusiastic, unpaid people who are committed to visually reviving the Iron Age and the Roman period. Inspiration and motivation come from the fact that Wervik was a Celtic residence and an important vicus during the Roman period. On the Tabula Peutingeriana, (https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tabula_Peutingeriana) Tongeren and Wervik are mentioned as the only Flemish cities.
In addition to the daily management, the non-profit organization GRW consists of working groups that take on the various aspects of the overall organization. For example, we are working in seperate groups that take care of the programming, communication, logistics, safety, ….. An appointed head coordinator ensures that everything runs smoothly. People who feel called upon to help, either in one of the working groups or as a volunteer during the GRW, can contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Overview of the groups
Brannuicos the warrior takes you to discover the universe of the Celts.
Gallic Historical Reenactment Association on the Atrebati (region Arras -62)
Offers a view, as accurate as possible, of the everyday life and the crafts of the Iron Age in our regions.
Shows the different aspects of the Gallic society. Both the warriors and the crafts get attention.
Provides a look at the weapons, the equipment and the way of life of the legionaries during the campaigns.
Dutch reenactment group dealing with the Late Roman period in the 4th and 5th century.
Offers a diptych with a division of Roman soldiers and a civilian contingent with various craftsmen.
Re-enactment group concerning the Roman army in late antiquity, more specifically the Herculiani Palatine Legion.
Representation of the Legion of the Herculiani Seniores, representing the Roman army at the end of antiquity.
Dedicated to portraying the Roman army in the 1st and 2nd century AD.
Roman historical reconstruction from the 2nd and 3rd century, specializing in archery.
Will be present with a Roman wine bar, beauty farm and introduces you to fortune telling in the Roman Empire.
Offers children's activities such as sword fighting, javelin throwing and formation training.
Tells Celtic myths and fairy tales. Voted best entertainer of the year at the Fantasy Awards in 2016.
Reproduce the lifestyle and techniques of the Gauls of the 1st century BC.
Will be present with an info & sales stand and perform open rituals.
Offers historically inspired pieces of ceramics.
Offers handmade replicas of ancient finds after careful examination.
Pario Gallico shows how the Celts (800BC-43AD) lived and worked.
Offers a continuous live forging demonstration with engaging and lively commentary.
Our program for the weekend
The program will be announced shortly
Pictures of previous editions