Big circle dance, goldwork and gingerbread decoration: VDNKh to host Samovarfest

May 27

On 12 June, VDNKh is to host Samovarfest, an annual hospitality festival timed to Russia Day celebration.  It will bring its guests together on Promyshlennosti Square, in front of Cosmos Pavilion No.32. Visitors will enjoy a craft fair, concerts by folk music bands and popular artists from all over the country, as well as traditional Russian samovar tea party. The festivities will run 10:00 am till 10:00 pm.

Friendship circle dance anyone may join in will be the highlight of the festival.

"Circle dance is a symbol of the unity of all the peoples of our country, and we expect it to be the biggest in the history of Moscow. Festival guests will have an opportunity to buy products brought from different regions of Russia, try national cuisine, and learn more about folk arts and crafts. Shopping stalls will offer Gzhel painted porcelain, products made by Torzhok goldwork masters, forged horseshoes, patterned embroidery and other products made by craftsmen. Gastronomic chalets will offer kulebyaka, open pies, Uigur dumplings, Georgian khinkalis and achma (pie varieties)," the Press Service of the Department for National Policy and Interregional Relations said.

The stage in the centre of Promyshlennosti Square will host Dagestan, a song and dance ensemble, Kazachyi Zori, a Cossack song ensemble (Kemerovo region, Kuzbass), Byolyak, an Udmurt folk ensemble, Idel, a Tatar folk ensemble, and other folk  performances. Guests will also hear popular Russian artists: Dima Bilan, Nikolai Baskov, Natasha Koroleva, Valeria, Artik & Asti, Slava, Anita Tsoy, Viktoria Daineko, Artem Kacher, Albina Dzhanabaeva, Gradusy and Fabrika bands and many others.

06:00 pm till 07:00 pm, 'Funny Spot', children's festival playground, will host a concert by children's folk and choreographic ensembles. Children will also enjoy puppet shows and acrobats' performances. The youngest festival guests will like gingerbread decoration workshops.

This summer, Samovarfest will be held in Moscow for the third time. Last year, a large-scale tea party was the highlight of the festival. It lasted from morning until evening, with more than 11,000 cups of tea drank.

Russia Day is an annual public holiday celebrated since 1992, from the day of the Declaration of the State Sovereignty of the RSFSR, that is 12 June.


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