The educational part of the annual festival Dymarki Świętokrzyskie-Nowa Słupia will be under patronage of the Museum of Ancient Metallurgy in Nowa Słupia from year 2022 onwards.
The story of the Dymarki Świętokrzyskie starts in year 1967 when members of the Kielce branch of Polish Sightseeing and Tourist Society and journalists from Słowo Ludu newspaper organised the event for the first time. Their intentions was a popularization of knowledge about ancient metallurgy and the ways of life of people who lived here 2000 years ago.
The first edition of the festival was supported by the discoverers of the ancient metallurgy site in Swiętokrzyskie region and co-founders of the museum: Kazimierz Bielenin and Mieczysław Radwan with help from Wacław Różański, a lecturer from Akademia Górniczo-Hutnicza in Kraków. Over 50 editions of Dymarki Świętokrzyskie made this event widely recognized around the country.
The culmination and the most important part of each day of the Dymarki is an attempt to obtain iron after several hours of smelting it in a slag-pit furnace. The methods of this reverse engineering act are similar to the ones used by iron workers from the Przeworsk culture. The whole event has a professional commentary from experts in archaeology, metallurgy and ancient history.
During the festival an audience is also shown a battle between barbarians and roman legionaries, a display of slaves at a marketplace and gladiator arena fights. More peaceful activities presented during the event are habits, customs, clothes and trades of ancient people.
Historical presentations are accompanied by a huge fair in Świętokrzyska street and its surroundings, where concerts of popular music take place.