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Cultural life and leisure in Veliky Novgorod

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At all seasons of the year Veliky Novgorod welcomes guests with marry-making, fun, amusement and interesting events. Here festivals of folklore and crafts, children's theatres and national culture, the Cossack choruses and military-historical clubs, a bell holiday, motor rally take place. In spring pupils and students from ancient Russian and foreign cities gather for the piano contest named after Rakhmaninov S.V. and in autumn professional bell ringers and church choruses invite connoisseurs of a sacred music to the real spiritual art holiday.

During festivals the city blooms up completely - frosty Christmas, Shrove-tide, warmed by the sun, pancakes and heady medovoukha (honey ale) and first summer festival Sadko, where you can see real old-Russian folklore, communicate with carriers of traditions of the Novgorod region, weave a basket from withe and even try to weave a rug or decorate a linen towel with an embroidery. And in the midsummer we advise you to go to the Ilmen-lake bank, where Ivan Kupala Day is celebrated on a July night, 6, being a quaintly mixture of principles of Christian Russia and ancient customs of Pagan Russia.

Numerous folk music groups are also popular with local residents and visitors. They do not only take an active part in festive actions, but also present you performances on demand that allows you to get acquainted with folk Russian music, to take pleasure in beauty of pagan and orthodox ceremonies.

In Veliky Novgorod the future of tourist industry is considered to be with event-trigger tourism. That's why they keep thinking out new colorful enthralling holidays.

Dialog, Cultural, Art and Public Initiative Center

Cultural center collaborates with leading art galleries, artists and musicians.

Novgorod Contemporary Art Centre
The idea of the center is to show a viewer the most significant events in Russian art of the XX-XXI century.
Music Culture Center named after Sergei Rachmaninoff
The purpose of the Music Culture Center is promotion of the creative heritage of Sergei Rachmaninoff.
Novgorod City Centre of Culture
The main organizer and performer of the city holidays and festivals: The Day of the City, New Year and calendar dates.
City Cultural Center Named After N.G. Vasiliyev
The center holds different kinds of cultural events. It is famous for its music festivals and friendly atmosphere.
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