An exhibition of areal photos of the Kola Peninsula

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Opened yesterday at the Niva movie theatre in Kandalaksha, and expected to stay on well into 2017.

The author is the famous Boris Vakhmistrov, an avalanche expert from Kirovsk.

In his free time he flies around the Kola Peninsula on a deltaplane taking photos, and is one of the recognized photography masters here. 

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A video of Kandalaksha and area

Found on the VK page of Yura Nikitenko, a Kandalaksha photographer and rap singer.

Warning: the image of the place presented in the video somehow looks better than ground-level reality, where all the trash and tack and grot can’t be easily ignored. But with the end of the tourist season approaching I cannot miss this opportunity to promote tourism, even by somewhat misleading methods.

Northern Character Film and TV Festival Nov. 24-26, Murmansk

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The event will feature films united around the northern theme. At least in the past all films shown had English subtitles, and the festival’s site has an English version, which gives a reason to expect that the event will be accessible to the international traveler. After the Murmansk show the festival will tour other Murmansk region cities, including Kandalaksha.

A recent film “Pearls of Kandalaksha”. And one of its participants as your free guide around the city.

pearls-of-kandalakshaThis very recent film is in Russian but conveys beautiful scenery of the city and area. The story is about the Bagryanitsa (“purple robe”) garments shop that specializes in traditional local dresses and hand embroidery. (Attention those looking for non-trivial quality souvenirs!)

What can be of particular interest to you travelers is that the daughter of the shop’s owner will be glad to give you a tour of the facility or of the entire city, absolutely free of charge in exchange for the opportunity to practice her English! Write to Irina, with a copy to me (manfriday@yandex.ru).

Sun City – Craftsmen City Festival August 19-21

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The 15th festival of this sort is taking place on the White Sea coast between Kandalaksha and Luvenga – watch for the sign. Craft fair, singing and dancing performances, and music workshops will be part of the event. Those wishing to participate actively need to apply through festival’s VK group before August 15.

“Stories by beauty Kanda” August 29 2016

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The fourth City festival of folk art “Stories by Beauty Kanda” is happening on August 29 in Kandalaksha. The festival will include a beauty contest, will feature singing and dancing groups, and most of the city and area craftsmen will be present too. Last year it was a lively event worth visiting.

If you want to be an active participant – and there were a few from abroad last year – e-mail mo.sodeistvie@yandex.ru or phone 8 (81533)9-40-46 before August 19.

The City Day

monastery-cape-1A typical event of this sort, with most of local arts and crafts community present. New was a noticeable number of the police, and people with newly fashionable “patriotic” symbolics, such as this gentleman with “Glory to great Stalin” T-shirt AND an Orthodox cross on his bag, a combination that exemplifies present-day Russia:

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Historic reconstruction festival July 2 and 3

gandvikHistoric reconstruction festival “Gandvik” is taking place on the Monastery Cape (just east off Kandalaksha) on July 2nd and 3rd starting at noon. The program includes visiting the Viking camp, single and group combat, recreation of a medieval fair, and show of historic boats.

Free admission!

The Russia Day

fountainIn Kandalaksha festivities associated with this holiday in memory of disintegration of the USSR will take place by the fountain from 1pm to 4pm, and will include orchestra, children’s games, and an arts and crafts fair.

A 10km run on June 12

marathonOn the Independence Day (instituted in memory of the Soviet Union falling apart in 1991), there is a mass run from Niva-2 to Kandalaksha on June 12.

The distances are 10km, 5km, and 3km.

Participants are registering in the “Palace of Sports” in Niva-2 between 10 and 11am, and then starting at 12 noon off the 15th kilometer of the Kandalaksha to Polarnye Zori road.