The IV Festival of the Russian Geographical Society opened in the Zaryadye park in Moscow on September 13. For ten days, guests of the event, without leaving the city, will be able to get acquainted with the nature of Russia and the cultural heritage of the peoples of our country, as well as learn how to travel around the regions of Russia in an exciting and affordable way. Festival visitors will see performances by folk groups from all over the country, listen to the lectures by scientists and travelers, take part in master classes, games and quizzes, and visit unique exhibitions and film screenings.
The guests of the event were greeted by President of the RGS Sergey Shoigu: “Originally we created this festival for the lazy. You know, you can go shopping online without having to go anywhere, and here you can travel without having to go far. You, sort of, came to the park and have seen the entire country. In fact, this was the main trick, and when we started, we wanted to make such a bait out of the festival so that a person could try, look, touch, get inspired and, as a result, go around the country. We have succeeded in many ways".
Sergey Shoigu told the guests of the Festival about expeditions, especially noting the expedition to the Kuril Islands. In addition to scientists from the Russian Geographical Society and the scientists from the Expedition Center of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation 22 volunteers participated in the second shift alone. The competition for the Kuril Islands, according to the President of the RGS, was huge - 30 people per spot. But the expedition will continue, which means that those who wish can try their luck next year.
During the opening of the Festival, an award ceremony for the winners of the V RGS photo contest "The Most Beautiful Country" took place. The awards were handed to the winners by the President of the RGS Sergey Shoigu, Chairwoman of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation Valentina Matvienko, Director General of Channel One, member of the Media Council Konstantin Ernst, Director of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts and member of the jury of the RGS photo contest Marina Loshak.
The main stage of the Festival also hosted the award ceremony for another popular competition of the Russian Geographical Society - "Best Guide in Russia".
The best guides of the country received awards from the singer and director Garik Sukachev.
“Of course, this contest is an absolutely amazing thing, because people of different ages participate in it: elderly people, middle-aged people, students, and kids. And all this is imbued with some amazing atmosphere of love, and all this has a wonderful sense of humor and everyone is very talented. I don’t know how to choose the best of the best - this is a pretty difficult task", the musician admitted from the stage.
The partner of the competition was also the Moscow-24 TV channel. The channel established a special prize for the Best Guide in Moscow. The award from the television channel was presented by the TV host Maria Rybakova.
Sergey Shoigu visited the exhibition of the Festival together with the guests of honor. Guests of the Festival saw street installations, including the "Travel Doors", with which you can take virtual tours to the most interesting places in Russia, and the dwellings of the peoples of our country: chum, yurt, yaranga, urasa, kuren and a modern traveler's house - a geo-dome.
Inside the attraction "Russia. Virtual Journey", the guests watched the 390 degree videos in the most interesting places of Russia shot especially for the Festival. Visitors were "transfered" to the top of the Crimean mountain Ai-Petri, to the village of Dalny Zelentsy on the Kola Peninsula, to the Astrakhan Reserve, where lotuses bloom in the Volga delta.
The first visitors were presented with sensational paleontological finds in the Zaryadye Ice Cave,: mummified cave lion cubs - Boris and Spartak, whose age is 43 thousand and 28 thousand years, respectively, and the mummy of the mammoth Yuka, who died about 34 thousand years ago.
The guests visited the historical exhibition, that was created based on the unique materials of the Scientific Archive of the RGS. The exhibition is dedicated to the expeditionary life of the great Russian travelers Pyotr Semyonov-Tyan-Shansky, Nikolai Przhevalsky, Gombozhab Tsybikov, Nikolai Miklukho-Maklai, Georgy Sedov and others. In addition, Sergey Shoigu and guests of honor visited an exhibition of photographs of the finalists of the Vth photo contest of the RGS "The Most Beautiful Country" and an exhibition of sculptures by the famous Buryat artist Dashi Namdakov.
All this and much more will be available to visitors of the RGS Festival in Zaryadye until September 22 (inclusive).
President of the RGS Sergey Shoigu urged the potential guests of the Festival to come to the celebration with the whole family and friends: "Bring as many people as possible. Many refer to lack of time, many are lazy and say:" tomorrow, the day after tomorrow", but tomorrow comes, and people say again: "tomorrow, the day after tomorrow", as the result they don't have time at all. Hurry to live!"