The center of Norilsk for a day turned into a large ethnic camp with ten chums and two sleigh houses.
The northerners tasted the traditional cuisine of the indigenous Taimyr people and watched the performances of artists who came from Dudinka and remote villages of the peninsula.
The children enthusiastically played snowballs and rode sleighs with reindeer and dog sleds pulled by Malamutes, Akita Inu, Huskies and even Dalmatians. Northerners took part in the Taimyr traditional games in the Lake Dolgoe recreation park.
During the festival, citizens attended lectures, master classes, films and photo exhibitions. Norilsk residents were pleased with the laser projection on the Nornickel Polar Division management building and the video projection on the the drama theater facade with a story about the villages of Taimyr and their inhabitants.
The bright cultural and educational event coincided with the National Unity Day celebration.
“Today, the Taimyr nationalities have united, having arrived in Norilsk. I thank the representatives of all peoples who responded to the invitation to join the common holiday”, said the Norilsk head Dmitry Karasev.
In Dudinka, the holiday was held in the Taimyr House of Folk Art, the City House of Culture, the Taimyr Museum of Local Lore and on the Central Square. A bonfire of friendship was lit in the Taimyr Ecumene as a symbol of unity.
As for the Culinary Argish, it will continue until November 13 – in restaurants and cafes you can try a special festive menu of several dozen dishes prepared from traditional Taimyr products – venison, partridge, northern fish, tundra mushrooms and berries. Recall that the current Big Argish festival is already the 11th in a row.
Text: Angelica Stepanova, Photo: Nikolay Shchipko and Denis Kozhevnikov