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

Community events along the Ter cost of the peninsula for Summer 2016

May 28 2016 – A concert in Varzuga in honour of 70-year anniversary of the Murmansk region.

June 11-12 2016 – “Pomor Old Times” festival in Umba to commemorate 550 years since the founding of the village.

June 25 2016 – Folk Choir of Varzuga.

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Murmansk events for 2016

murmansk-expoThe following events may be of interest to anyone thinking of doing business in the Murmansk region. They all take place at the Murmansk Expo at Kolsky prospekt 51A, in the center of Murmansk. A good place to review the local business scene or to present your product.

Want to visit one of the events but can’t take the time? Hire me! I’ll collect materials from exhibitors and distribute yours, and deliver your message by talking on your behalf to other participants.

Sea. Resouces. Technologies 2016 March 16-18 2016

Education. Profession. Carrier: Human Resources for business 2016 March 24-26 2016

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“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

 

This season’s “Snow Village” opened in Kirovsk on Dec. 19 2015

snow-village-1The theme for this year’s Snow Village is old Soviet-era cartoons to commemorate the 80 year anniversary of Soyuz-Multfilm (“Union Cartoons”), the main cartoon maker during the Soviet period. Rooms have been decorated with immages of old familiars such as Winnie-the-Pooh, Gena-the-Crocodile, and Cheburashka, as well as many other characters less familiar to western audience.

The snowvillage also offers cheesecake-sled and banana-sled towered after a snowmobile rides.

See more at the Snow Village site. To switch into English, Finnish, or Norwegian scroll down and press the appropriate button.

Other posts on Kirovsk, which may be a worthy place to visit.

I can take you to Kirovsk from Kandalaksha on a one-day trip for $250. The car comfortably fits 3-4 passengers.

Tea, coffee, sweets, and cat petting in Petrozavodsk

cotarium-3An “anti-cafe” (where you pay 5 roubles per minute for the first half an hour, then 3 roubles/minute, and the rest like tea, coffee, sweets, games, and books, is included) recently opened in Petrozavodsk, the capital of Karelia.

The main drawing point of this establishment is cats that can be petted or, if you qualify, adopted.

Also a library and regular workshops are held in this establishment.

cotarium-2The address is the Tetris Shopping Center, ulitsa Marshala Meretskova, 11, 4th floor. Open 11am to 9pm, closed 3pm to 4pm for an afternoon nap.

Website: kotarium.ru. VK group: vk.com/kotodom_kotarium.

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Recurring events in Kandalaksha and area

This summary of regular events personally known to us in the Murmansk region and Northern Karelia was prepared by Alexandra, who was prompted to do so by an enquiry from Finland, the author of which complained that no comprehensive info on local events is available, especially in English.

All the locations except Umba and Chupa are open to travellers from abroad. Talk to us if you need to obtain a permit to stay in Umba or Chupa.

Here is the summary of events that you can visit or participate in:

January

Yearly show/competition “Crazy chainsaw”, international in scope, usually held in the 20th of January. Sculptors create their works in front of viewers in 90 min. using a chainsaw.

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The location is the city of Kirovsk, 130km north from Kandalaksha, or 212km south from Murmansk. No limitation to foreigner access. We wrote about this before: http://kandalaksha.su/ice-show-crazy-chainsaw-in-kirovsk/

February

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Where to stop and what to see on the way from Murmansk to Petrozavodsk

murmansk_petrozavodsk“Me and a friend is planing to travel by train from Murmansk to St Petersburg this summer. We are planing to make two overnight stops between Murmansk and Petrozavodsk. At the moment we are thinking of Kandalaksha and Belomorsk but I would be very greatful for any kind of recomendation on other places on the Railway line.”

Got this as a question in my facebook group but answering here for all the travelling public to see.

 

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“The World of Leonard Cohen”, Murmansk, Dec. 13

leonard-cohenA Russo-Norwegian event held at the the Murmansk College of Arts at ulitsa Vorovskogo 14 on December 13, 2014, starting at 5pm.

I’m glad there are examples of cultural collaboration like that despite the Ukraine story and repeated Russian near-violations of Norwegian air space.