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!

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.

An invitation from the Purple Robes workshop

bagryanitsaPosting this on Irina Semyonova’s request:

Hi everyone

Our shop is considered as a local attraction. We often hold tours for tourists, showing them our shop and work we do. Up to now the vast majority of our visitors have been Russian speakers. For the last little while however I have been practicing doing this presentation in English. So I invite English speaking travelers to visit our shop and see the work we do. This is totally free. Write tomast.ruk@yandex.ru or call +7 911 3050721 / +7 911 3013979 to arrange for your visit.

С уважением, Ирина Семёнова.
МРОО “Ассоциация мастеров ручного труда”
Мурмнаская обл., г.Кандалакша
ул.Фрунзе, д.9
тел: +7 911 3013979
       +7 911 3050721
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Historic reconstruction, Viking theme, July 1-3 2016 in Kandalaksha

vikingsThe historic period is 9-11 century. Ethnic groups represented are Scandinavians, Finno-Ugric nations, and Slavs. 40 to 60 participants are expected.

The event is organized by Northern Squad.

A medieval fair is part of the festival, and merchants are invited.

Location: Monastery Cape, just east from the city. This happening coincides with the sailing regatta.