In 2021, the Russian Geographical Society takes part in the “Army of Culture” international competition of creative teams within the framework of the International Army Games, and is part of the Russian Federation team at the "Exhibition activities" stage. The Russian Geographical Society's stand "Folklore Traditions of Russia" was installed at "House of Friendship" – the social and cultural center of the event. The romantic and partly cheerful exhibition is dedicated to the everyday life of the peoples of our country, travels across the vast Russian expanses, the collection and preservation of the richest collections of ethnographic materials that the Society has been engaged in throughout its history.
The stand is thematically divided into three parts. The chamber cinema will acquaint visitors with cartoons and films made with the grant support of the Russian Geographical Society. The audio installation "The Music Tree of the Peoples of Russia" with headphones in the crown will allow you to hear traditional folk music. A VR-cinema with the film "Trip across Russia. 360" will give you the opportunity to experience the peculiarities of the natural conditions of various Russian regions almost as if you were there. Parts of the exhibition – the design of which is based on the illustrations by the artist Ivan Bilibin – are united in the exhibition "Everyday Life of the Peoples of Russia", compiled from materials from the Society's funds.
From the first days of its activity, the RGS has been collecting folklore of the peoples of Russia in the course of ethnographic research. Many folk works have survived to this day solely thanks to the efforts of the members of the Society. The RGS stand will allow representatives of all generations to return to childhood and immerse themselves in a fairytale; and will vividly show how rich the culture and traditions of the country are. The exhibition includes sketches of Russian sundresses and Tatar shirt-dresses, household items of the peoples of the North and South.
The admission to the exhibition is free. The employees conduct short tours of the stand, telling visitors about the history of the Russian Geographical Society and the Society's contribution to ethnographic research in Russia.
The International Army Games are complex applied military competitions of units and teams of the armed forces of the participating states. The event is organized by the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation.
In 2021, within the framework of the Games, an international competition of creative teams "Army of Culture" is held – a competition of professional performers, creative teams, as well as representatives of military museums and cultural centers under the general leadership of the Directorate of Culture of the Ministry of Defense of Russia. Each country, including the Russian Federation, presents a team at the competition to participate in the thematic stages: "Vocal Mastery", "Choreographic Mastery", "Instrumental Genre", "Exhibition Activity" and in the category "People’s Choice Award".
The Russian Geographical Society with its stand became the winner of the first stage of the competition, which took place from 17 to 21 May 2021, at the Central Naval Museum in St. Petersburg, and was included in the team of the Russian Federation at the "Exhibition activities" stage.
The Russian Geographical Society's stand at the International Army Games at the “Alabino” training ground in Moscow Oblast will be open from August 22 to September 4, 2021.