#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. Karina Andreyeva, deputy director, head of social, cultural and educational projects of the of the Norilsk Development Agency (NDA), at a city planning meeting, told about this year’s Big Argish ethnofestival.
The festival will be held in Norilsk and Dudinka and will be dedicated to the Taimyr settlements, which were visited by several expeditions last year.
“It’s not quite right that our indigenous people all live in chums. In fact, many people live in villages. We want the Norilsk people and the festival guests to know these settlements and their names”, explained Karina Andreyeva.
In Norilsk, a large ethnic camp will be built for Argish. Village artists are invited to participate in the festival: 20 people from Karaul and Hatanga will come to Norilsk.
The festival starts on October 29 and ends on November 12.
“Background sites will work: a large exhibition in the Arena center. Gastronomic Argish will be held in 13 restaurants and retail chains in Norilsk and Dudinka. The festival menu and special offers will be presented there”, said Karina Andreyeva.
On November 4, Dudinka will host the main events of the ethnic festival at several venues. The Taimyr House of Folk Art, the City House of Culture, the Taimyr Museum of Local Lore, and the central square of Dudinka will be involved.
On November 5, Big Argish will arrive in Norilsk. The ethnic camp will be set up on Gvardeyskaya square. This year not five but ten chums will be set to avoid long queues. Museum sites, the Rodina cinema complex, and the Lake Dolgoe recreation park will be involved.
Interactive games and a cultural program with the participation of village artists are organized for the townspeople. There will be a big screening on the facade of the theater on Theater square. There will be many lectures about the life of the Taimyr settlements.
“I am sure that it will be a great Saturday holiday, combined with National Unity Day. These events have always been in demand and interesting, so this year we decided not to abandon the festival. I invite the Norilsk people to ride sleds and taste dishes of national cuisine. I am sure that the holiday will be one of the best”, said the Norilsk head Dmitry Karasev.
Earlier, we told that the Children of the Arctic animated series was released. We also reported that the National Geographic magazine wrote about Taimyr life, and Norilsk bloggers took more than seven thousand photos at the Reindeer Breeder Day in the village of Tuhard.
Text: Angelica Stepanova, Photo: Denis Kozhevnikov and Nikolay Shchipko