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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.

Drama Theatre
Actors and actresses of the theatre compine experience, creativeness and enthusiasm and keep succeeding in artistic development and are never satisfied with what has already been achieved.
Theatre for Children and the Youth Maly
The theater has brilliantly presented over 60 performances of the well-known Russian and foreign playwrights and is a prizewinner of all-Russian and International contests.
Theatre of a hearing-impaired actor Gesture
The theater participated in many festivals in Russia and abroad. It seeks new talents and draws public attention to the problems of the challenged people. The actors there are students of special schools.
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