Summer Open-Airs. Siberian Fire.

Summer is coming soon! Here in Siberia it’s the time of amazing open-airs. Within three short months there are dozens of them. They can be big, with thousands of visitors, or small, visited by a couple of hundreds. They can include lots of various activities, like sports, wellness and fitness, healthy lifestyle, music and dancing, arts and crafts, esoteric, sacred and mystical practices, or all of these together. 

Siberian Fire (Сибирский Огонь), the festival of historical reconstructions, is well known far beyond the Novosibirsk Region. The festival takes place annually, normally during the second weekend of June, starting from 2012. The number of visitors is growing from year to year. In 2018 it exceeded 40 000 participants and visitors, which made the festival one of the largest and the most spectacular in the whole Siberia!

Started as a meeting of those who love history and want to reproduce different stages of the global history trying to understand what it was like in the past, now this festival is something like a history lesson or a historical movie, which every visitor can see ‘live’. Participants come from every corner of Russia and beyond, paying no attention to huge distances, somewhat problematic travel here, weather, which can be unpredictable (sometimes far too hot and sometimes looking more like early spring).

Siberian Fire is visited even by the state officials. In 2018 the Plenipotentiary Representative of the President in the Siberian Federal District said that historical reconstructions help us to restore the events of Russian and the world history without any distortions.Depending on the period reconstructed, the participants use the materials, stuff and methods available and applied during that period. Here you won’t see a Norwegian viking talking over the cell phone or a soldier from the World War II driving a Toyota.

The festival is a great opportunity to see and show your kids the real way of life of people hundreds of years ago, or to watch the battles from different wars exactly (or mostly likely) as they were.

You can try authentic food and drinks, and the large fair of arts and crafts offers all sorts of clothes, decorations, jewelry, food and drinks, produced or cooked by the local craftsmen.

On the big stage located right in the middle of a vast lawn you can listen to folk singing and watch the folk and traditional dancing.

This year Siberian Fire takes place on June 8. The festival is traditionally held in Bolshoy Oyesh village (Большой Оеш), close to Kolyvan, a beautiful old settlement 40 km to the north of Novosibirsk. The easiest way to get to the festival site is to take a taxi. It’s also possible to get there by a public bus, but it is long and somewhat complicated. Or just contact me! I love this festival and I try to visit it every year, so I will be happy to bring you there!

     

 

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