The Open Arms Bardic Hall is seeking bards, performers of every ilk, and eager audiences! Sign up now for your performance slot at Great Western War!


Any and all performers, from master to novice, of any performance art, are welcome at the Hall.

Performance slots are available on a first come first serve basis in 30 minute increments, by pre-arrangement with THL Angharat Goch before the event or on site. Classes relating to the bardic arts, group rehearsals or performances, and open bardic jam sessions also welcome by pre-arrangement (including after hours evening sessions).

Contact Kat Sidhe ( or come speak to Angharat at the Hall during any of its hours throughout the war:


Great Western War 2023 OABH Schedule:

Set up: Thursday 3pm-5pm

Scheduled Performances:

Friday & Saturday: 11am to 4:30pm

Sunday: 11am to 2pm

Tear down: Sunday 2pm-4pm

Carpe Luxuriam’s Prize Bardic

Location: Carpe Luxuriam camp

Day: Thursday

Time: sign-ups open at 6:30 pm; competition begins at 7 pm

Are you a singer, storyteller, poet, or musician? Come share your

performance around our fire and compete for the chance to win exciting

prizes! Prizes vary each year but often include camp furniture, furs,

jewelry, and alcohol (for those of age). New performers who’ve never

competed and/or have been performing at SCA events for less than a year

get a small prize just for showing up!

Original compositions are welcome, as are period pieces, but you don’t

have to be a composer or researcher to enter; feel free to perform any

period-esque piece you know! (Yes, that includes filks.) Please keep

performances to six minutes or less.

Spectators are welcome! Please come enjoy the performances, vote on the

winners, and drink from our keg of cider. Please bring your own seating

if you have it.

Sign-ups are limited to the first 20 people to put their names on the

list and typically close shortly after the competition begins.

Welcome to GWW XXVI

GWW XXVI dates are up, Oct 8th-14th! Preregistration will be opening June 1st. We look forward to see you all. Stay Tuned for details.

Welcome to Great Western War!

Gate Hours for War

10/8 Tuesday Noon to Midnight.

10/9 Wednesday  8:00 AM- Midnight.

10/10 Thursday 8:00 AM- Midnight.

10/11 Friday 12:01 AM- Midnight (24 hours).

10/12 Saturday 12:01 AM- 4:00 PM