From 13 to 22 September 2019, Zaryadye Park will host the 4th Festival of the Russian Geographical Society. During 10 days, guests will have a chance to get acquainted with the diverse nature of Russia and the cultural heritage of the peoples of our country not leaving the city.
The festival program includes lectures by famous scientists and travelers, creative meetings with photographers and filmmakers, workshops on dancing, musical instruments playing and crafts, performances by national collectives from all over Russia, screenings of documentaries, intellectual games, and quizzes with prizes.
In the days of the festival, outside installations will appear on the territory of Zaryadye. There will be dwellings of the peoples of Russia placed in the park: tepee, yurt, yaranga, urasa, kuren, and the modern traveler’s house — geodesic dome. Deep water research fans will enjoy a styled underwater Bathyscaphe vehicle which will “immerse” them into the White Sea and Lake Baikal, and those who are interested in history will be happy to see a reconstruction of the White’s rescue whaleboat of the 19th century. Through the “travel doors” installed in the park, guests will have a chance to take virtual tours to the most interesting places of Russia in a company of the best guides of the country, finalists of the Russian Geographical Society contest “The Best Guide of Russia”.
The professionals of the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) will bring the mummified cave lion cubs Boris and Spartak, whose age is 43,000 and 28,000 years, respectively. The lion cubs will be placed in Ice Cave. Also, they will bring Yuka mammoth from Yakutia, who lived about 34,000 years ago. A number of scientists believe that today, of all the mammoths' remains found, Yuka is the best preserved.
Skeletons of prehistoric animals living on the territory of Russia will be brought from Vyatka Paleontological Museum and placed in the paleontological tent. Here one can see the skeletons of the pareiasaurian, dicynodont and gorgonopsia of the Permian period, the skulls of a cave bear and saber-toothed tiger.
During the festival, guests can attend three exhibitions:
– a historical exposition, created on the basis of the unique materials of the Scientific Archive of the Russian Geographical Society, telling about the expedition life of the great Russian travelers;
– photo exhibition "The most beautiful country", which will introduce the works of the finalists and winners of the Russian Geographical Society photo contest;
– a unique collection of sculptures by Buryat artist Dashi Namdakov, who represents national traditions in a new, avant-garde style.
Inside the interactive attraction "Russia 360°", guests will immerse in the most unusual places of Russia with the help of video in a 360-degree format. In the VR cinema located in the hall of Media Center, one will have a chance to see the nature of Russian reserves.
See detailed festival program with a schedule on the website of the Russian Geographical Society: