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Cultural life and leisure in Veliky Novgorod


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.

Folklore Theatre Kudesy
The theatre keeps old Novgorodian traditions in its own unique way. It organizes Christmas holidays (Russian svyatki), Pancake Week (Maslenitsa) and other traditional events.
Novgorod ethnographical club of old-Russian traditional military culture Rhat
The members of the club Rhat are studying practically all life aspects of professional medieval warrior in Russia.
Art-project Theatre of Fire Falkor
The team works in the genre of the LED and fire show. It takes part in the city and regional events. Fire Theatre offers entertainment programs for various events.
City Brass Band
The repertoire of the orchestra includes classical music of well-known Russian and foreign composers, dance music, music for children of school and pre-school age and classical jazz music.
The Senior Concert Choir of the Children’s Choral Capella of Veliky Novgorod
The ensemble performs the best works of the Renaissance, West European and Russian sacred music, national songs along with the works of classical jazz and popular music of the 20th century.
Orchestra of Russian Folk Instruments named after V.G. Babanov
The quite young team has already earned respect in the city. Concert repertoire includes works of Sergei Rachmaninoff, Anton Arensky, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.
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