Traditional Russian Festivals in Novosibirsk


Russia values its tradition, and in summer Novosibirsk attracts lots of visitors to different events related to folk arts, crafts, music and traditions. The previous week offered two events of the kind, both demonstrating how important and valued Russian and Slavic traditions are and how many people are into them.


Festival of Slavic Culture Rodniki has taken place for the 4th time. The festival lasts 3 days, filled with workshops on folk crafts, Slavic gymnastics, art of being a husband/wife, art of midwifery, fashion show of traditional clothes, banya and a lot more. The festival is held somewhere close to Novosibirsk, in a different place each year.




Zavolokin Festival is another event all around Russian folk music, mostly accordion. The festival is devoted to the memory of the famous Russian  accordion player Gennady Zavolokin, who died in a car crash 95 km to the south of Novosibirsk in 2001. The festival is held with the support of Zavolokin’s children who are accordion players as well. Gennady Zavolokin was so famous that he even had his own TV program making people acquainted with accordion music. Everyone who can play accordion can perform at the festival at one of several stages. Here you can also see people in traditional Russian clothes and visit a fair of traditional folk art objects. The festival is held at the place of Zavolokin’s death, where you can see his stone figure sitting in a nice church yard. maxresdefault IMG_2909 IMG_2903 IMG_2902 IMG_2900 IMG_2899 IMG_2898 IMG_2895    602edd36c8cd843d69a57440ee5f4c29_i-2048 48a7da50c88ca4506a0873c56480f733

4 Responses to Traditional Russian Festivals in Novosibirsk

  1. Biju Cherian:

    I would like to know more about N
    must see places in Novosibirsk. I am an India & planning to visit there on either in May or June.


    My name is JB, I am writing to you from France, and I am planning a trip to Novossibirsk next April (26 to 30) with my wife (French-Russian) and my in-laws (Russians, from Iekaterinburg). It is quite hard to find good info about what to do and see in the city, especially in English! Your blog is very interesting, and I was wondering if we could get in touch so you can tell me how to best organise 3 or 4 days in the city. We could also meet up, of course, and maybe organise a guided tour of the city if you’re available — how much would you charge for this, and would you be able to do it partly in English and partly in Russian? If you can contact me on the email below, that’d be super. I would have questions about what to do outside of the city as well (as in: rather spend 2 days in Kemerovo or in Barnaul??). Thanks in advance if you can get back to me, and I wish you a lovely day and a great end of the year 2019! 🙂
    Best regards,


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