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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“Stone Flower” expo in Apatity Feb. 10-14 for serious souvenir shoppers

“Kamenny Tsvetok” (“Stone Flower”) is one of the best known large-scale events, with over 100 participants, in the Murmansk region. This year it is held in Apatity from Feb. 10 to Feb. 14 in the “Palace of Culture”, ul. Lenina 24, open from 11am to 7:30pm.

There you will find rare minerals and articles made of stone, bone, glass and amber as well as jewelry and books on the history of Kola north.

Here are our photo report on last year’s Stone Flower.

“Snow ‘n’ Ice” festival at the Snow Village in Kirovsk

crazy-chainsaw-2015-1Starts on Jan. 18 and lasts for a week the 5th festival of snow and ice sculpture “Snegoled” (“snow ‘n’ ice”). During this week participants from the Murmansk region and six other Russian regions, Scandinavia, and Latvia will be making sculptures.

The festival will end with a competition to create ice sculptures within 90 minutes, entitled “Beshenaya pila” (“Crazy chainsaw”) on Jan. 23.

To see the “Crazy Chainsaw” finale of the festival in motion click on the image above


Christmas angel workshop in Belomorsk, Karelia

christmas-angelLooking for a chance to integrate with the locals while making a cute little souvenir to take home?

Consider signing up for a workshop where you’ll learn to make something neat, and have fun and make friends in the process, such as making Chrismtas angel dolls on Jan. 5 at the Pomor Culture Center in Belomorsk, Karelia, at Ul. Oktyabrskaya 5-a, tel. 8 921 458 0383.

I must say that the fashion for these workshops is on the rise here, and those wishing to get close to make contact with the locals should consider participating.

This advice particularly applies to Russian bride seekers.

An exhibition of Svalbard aquarels by Anna Mikhailova

aquarels-by-mikhailova-1aquarels-by-mikhailova-2One of our favourite Kola Peninsula painters, Anna Mikhailova, spent September and October on the Svalbard Archipelago (the island of Spitzbergen), Norway, absorbing and transferring onto paper local sights. Now she is sharing these with the public via an exhibition in St. Petersburg held at the Faculty of Geography of the Gertsen Pedagogical University at naberezhnaya Moyki 48. The exhibition is on till Dec. 30 2015.

St. Nicolas crafts fair in Murmansk Dec. 12-13

anna_razumovskayaAn invitation from jeweler Anna Razumovskaya:

Next weekend, Dec. 12-13, there will be a traditional St. Nicolas exhibition and fair in the Arts and Crafts School of the Murmansk Regional Arts Museum. Only works by local artisans will be presented at the fair: jewellery, presents, “cozy things” from fabric, all sorts of beautiful and curious items. I’ve prepared several of my works, and promise to show something new that has never been shown to the public before. Even things that at the moment exist only in my head and as sketches 🙂

Come over!

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“New Year’s Fantasy” crafts fair held from Dec. 12 to 30 2015 in the Kandalaksha City Museum at ulitsa Pervomayskaya 40. Artists and artisans wishing to participate are invited to apply before Dec. 4 2015. Contacct Anna Alexandrovna Goryacheva at +7 81533 94407.

New art by Irina Sitdikova

These are on display at the yearly regional exhibition “Zapolarye (“above the arctic circle”) 2015″ in the Murmansk Regional Art Museum (Murmansk, ulitsa Kominterna 13). The exhibition opened Nov. 13 and will last till Dec. 6. Murmansk and region artists and artisans present their works there. Here is Irina’s contribution to the exhibition:
ДИКИЕ ЛОШАДИ КУЗОМЕНИ, 2015, граттаж, 58х38


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The Purple Robes Workshop went partly bilingual

purple-robesI’m glad to report that the Purple Robes Workshop specializing in traditional clothing and church garments started doubling many of its materials in English on their Facebook page. Click on “more” to see the English version.

The shop is one of the few establishments that appear to do quite well despite the shrinking economy, and may deserve a close look if you need an example of a successful niche business.

An exhibition by Irina Sitdikova, Apatity

Irina Sitdikova exhibition in ApatityThe exhibition of graphics by Irina Sitdikova will be held from Sept. 3 to Sept. 30 at Gallery M, in the city library, ul. Lenina 24, 2nd floor, in Apatity (“the cultural capital of the region”), about 1.5 hour drive from Kandalaksha.


Open Tue. to Friday 12 to 7pm, Sat. and Sun. 12 to 6pm.

Free admission.

Over 50 works, some of which are publically displayed for the first time, will be presented.

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