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Staged collecting of coins from the Hansa Fountain

In June 2009, Veliky Novgorod hosted the International Convention on Culture and Economy “The 29th Hanseatic Days of the New Time”. Among all the symbols of that celebration there was the Hanseatic fountain established on the Yaroslav’s Courtyard in the shape of a round-table as if welcoming the Hanseatic cities to cooperate.

Once in two weeks – since May till September – there is a medieval drama performance of taking money from the Hanseatic fountain held. A tysyatsky (a captain of the people's volunteer army) together with mytniki (scavengers) and numerous spectators grab a chest, check its solidity at the Red Izba office and then set out through the Kremlin, over the foot bridge right to the Yaroslav’s Courtyard, the former marketplace. Over there they are raking money out of the Hanseatic fountain and then send money in the city treasury. All the spectators are actively involved in the performance. The collected money is contributed to the tourism development.

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