Epiphany ice bathing in Kandalaksha Jan. 18 and 19

This year the Orthodox Epiphany ice-hole dip will take place near the fish breeding operation’s dam between ulitsa Naberezhnaya and ulitsa Rybovodnaya, east end of town.

The authorities promise to equip the place with heated tents and lighting, and provide police and ambulance presence.

The hole in the ice will be sanctified at 7:30pm and made accessible to the adventurous from 8pm to 2pm next day, Jan. 19 2017.

The 99th anniversary of the Communist revolution

A small if not to say tiny demonstration to commemorate the 99th anniversary of the Communist revolution took place in Kandalaksha on November 7..november-7-3

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School “free market” at 3pm on Sept. 1

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“Bring what you don’t need (clothing, things, books) and take what you do need”

I’m happy to see that the “free market” tradition seems to have taken hold in Kandalaksha. See examples here and here. The next one is happening on September 1 beginning at 3pm by the fountain in the city center, and its focus is school-related items.

Saami women’s forum June 9 and 10 in Murmansk

sami women boardThe Center for the Assistance to Small Indigenous Nations of the North reports that tomorrow, June 9, in Murmansk’s Azimut Hotel starts a session of the Saami Women’s Forum – an organization that includes women from Norway, Russia, Finland, and Sweden. The forum is held since 1993, and aims to promote public interest in the issues of language and culture, get Saami women more involved into public life, and to tell the world about the life and work of Saami women. The forum is held for two days, June 9 and 10, starting 8:45am.

After the forum the participants are off to Lovozero to take part in the Summer Saami festival on June 11.

Freemarket on today till 6pm at “Metallurg”

freemarketThat’s the Niva-3 part of Kandalaksha. Lots of “nostalgie” type things, judging from past freemarkets.

Murmansk gay support organization fined for “propaganda to children”

courtThe Center of Social and Psychological Assistance and Legal Support for the Victims of Discrimination and Homophobia “Maximum” has been found guilty of “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations to minors” on the group’s VK page, and fined 100 th. roubles (about $1500 at the current exchange rate).

New Life Festival in Teriberka August 12-14 2016

teriberkaThis will be the second event of the sort, organized by LavkaLavka Farmers’ Coop, this time also supported by the Murmansk Region government.  During the event local food will be presented, as well as touristic opportunities in the Kola Peninsula. A special program for children is said to be planned too. The ultimate aim of the event is to get the community pull itself out of the situation of an economic and social disaster by turning towards taking part in the tourism industry. Festival’s VK page >>

Foreigners, from what I see, ARE allowed in Teriberka without having to go through any permit-obtaining rituals. But feel free to ask me to double check on that subject should you seriously consider that destination.

Related: Community events along the Ter (south) coast of the peninsula.

extremeThe Regional Youth Subculture Festival will be held at Polarnye Zori on May 21, at the Main City Square (ulitsa Sivko), starting at 1pm.

Skateboarders, BMX bikers, graffiti artists, breakdancers and other fun types will be presenting their skills.

Festival’s VK page: vk.com/xday_pz

An elementary school opened in Kuzomen

burnayevaUp to very recently the only option for for four elementary school age kids in Kuzomen was a boarding school in Varzuga, with mere 8 visits home per year.

Things changed recently with the arrival of the new teacher, Ekaterina Mikhailovna Burnayeva, from Murmansk, after her two trips to South Carolina, USA.

burnayeva-chacing-wild-horsesIn addition to teaching she prepares school lunches and chases away the famous wild horses of Kuzomen that often scare children.

Recent Reindeer Herder’s Day in Lovozero

The Celebration of the North and Reindeer Herder’s Day are held in Lovozero every year in the 20s of March. The event includes reindeer and dog sled races, ski races, and winter football. A artisans fair is held and Saami national cooking offered. Here are a few photos from the most recent event that took place March 19-20 by Oleg Filonok.

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Why are their tongues stuck out? The reindeer has nearly no sweat glands, so when it runs it sticks it tongue out to stay cool, the way dogs do. more >>