Furth im Wald (dpa/lby) - The "Further Drachenstich" is an emotional spectacle with fire, fighting and a huge robot. After a two-year Corona break, the premiere of the Drachenstich Festival in Furth im Wald (Chamm district) is on the program on Friday. The focus is on the dragon, a 15.5 meter long and 11 ton fire-breathing robot with a 12 meter wingspan.
After a festive service, the open-air play on the town square will follow from 8 p.m. According to the organizers, the twelfth and final performance of the season is scheduled for Sunday, August 21st. The festival includes, among other things, a folk festival, a medieval market, a shooting festival and a historical parade.
Several hundred performers reenact a legend from the time of the Hussite Wars in 1431. At that time, Furth is said to have been threatened by a dragon: The monster is banished by a curse and cannot harm people, but the blood shed in a war can bring it back to life. Then people jeopardize peace. It comes to the famous dragon fight. And so the legend stands for the fight between good and evil.
The "Further Drachenstich" has a history of more than 500 years and is considered Germany's oldest folk drama. In 2018, the historical game was included in the Unesco list of intangible cultural heritage.