The Times & Epochs Historical Reenactment Festival is not just a chance to travel through 12 historical eras. Reenactment experts and enthusiasts will also share experience and present their ideas at the contest of historical projects with a prize fund of 9 million roubles.
An expert council, including scholars, festival organisers and reenactors, selected 16 best projects out of 95 during the first round of the contest.
A diversity of projects made it to the main round. There are Ancient Rome and 13th century everyday life themed historical parks, a reconstruction of a Murom estate from the early Middle Ages, an experiment to restore the lost technology of kashin ceramics (pottery made of white spongy ceramic paste) and a detailed reference book on war history in Eastern Europe.
During the festival, the projects are displayed at the History Boulevard venues in Novopushkinsky Public Garden and Tverskoi Boulevard. On 8 June, the jury will visit the exhibits to assess the presentations and meet the contest participants. Experts will select nine prize winners who will receive awards on 12 June, the last day of the festival.
The shortlisted projects of the Times & Epochs Collection are:
— Moscow Tsardom. A Guide Through the Era (Oleg Kurbatov, Igor Pakhomov, Moscow).
A reference book for reenactors will fill gaps in the knowledge of military industry, arms, costumes and households in the 17th century. The authors are professional historians and experienced reenactors;
— Azbukovnik (Alphabet) cultural and historical project (Vyacheslav Beloglazov, Moscow).
The project offers interactive activities at venues equipped for reenactment of medieval life. All details and nuances are recreated according to historical sources.
— Steppes of the Northern Black Sea Region, North Caucasus and Crimea in the 8th-1st centuries BC (Anton Dedyulkin, Dmitry Pozdnyakov, Sergei Derkach, Rostov-on-Don).
The book is a reference for artists, sculptors, cinematographers. Reenactors can use it to choose new themes and images for their hobby;
— Restoration of the medieval kashin pottery technique (Anna Kashnikova, Saratov).
The author plans to restore the lost medieval technique for making glazed pottery. She will make copies of a kashin ceramic set found during the excavation at the Uvek medieval town;
— Reconstruction of the Murom estate of the early Middle Ages based on the documented descriptions of the Tumovskoye settlement (Valery Rodin, Valentin Beilekchi, Murom).
The project authors will recreate a part of the Tumovskoye settlement based on Ancient Murom settlement tradition. The project will include winter and summer housing and facilities;
— Forpost living history park (Garnizon reenactment association, Moscow).
The authors will create a park of living 13th century history in the Moscow Region. Volunteer reenactors are already building it using their own resources. The project participants are using ancient sources and descriptions of the small settlement typical of northern Germany, France and southeast England. In the centre, there is a wooden motte (an early medieval castle). Around the motte, there will later be a farm, stables, service buildings, an estate, a tavern and a church;
— A Bright Room in a Wooden Mansion exhibit (Dmitry Frolov, Saransk).
This is a project to create a multi-purpose interactive area at the Museum of Mordovian 16th-17th Century History. Seventeenth century houses will host events for museum visitors and reenactors;
— We Come From the Past. Reviving the Lost Art (Natalya Bogdanova, Olga Zaitseva, Moscow).
Reenactment of a crucial moment in art history, a transition from wooden painting to canvas painting. Restoration of the first easel painting technology with tempera base and oil painting;
— Historical experiment lab (Mangazeya history society, Moscow).
A centre of historical structures will serve as a venue for reenactment experiments with all available components of everyday life in a chosen period;
— Ancient World: Mobilis in Mobili ancient technology centre (Drevny Mir historical modelling centre, Samara).
The programme managers want to create a universal centre for demonstrating ancient technology (tools and instruments).
— Gardarika historical reenactment park (Alexander, Stanislav, Pavel and Anastasia Belousovs, Chelyabinsk).
The park will present several eras, from the 9th century to the 1941-1945 Great Patriotic War, and also focus on the historical reenactment movement in the southern Urals;
— Infrantry in Black Coats Festival (Belyi Rast) (Vsevolod Vaskov, Moscow).
A story about Russia’s heroic past based on the scenes from the Moscow defence by Navy officers and soldiers from the Russian Far East. A winter festival will be dedicated to the defence of Moscow and the beginning of the counteroffensive;
— Pax Romana living history park (12th Molniyenosny Legion Club, Nizhny Novgorod).
A representation of a Roman border area in the 1st-2nd centuries, construction of a military camp and its transition into a small town. Exhibits and interactive events will show the adoption of Roman culture by Barbarian territories;
— A European medieval village (Leonid Morozov, Pavel Kirillov, St Petersburg).
The programme coordinators want to build a venue for historical festivals outside St Petersburg. The centre will include a house, a workshop, fortification, a moat and an earth mound;
— Gypsy Pot historical amusement park (Dmitry Stepin, Moscow).
This group of artists and performers camp out at all 17th-19th century themed historical reenactment festivals. They offer field kitchen food and fortunetelling;
— War and Peace of the Early Middle Ages information portal (Daniil Balan, Severny Veter historical reenactment club, Yekaterinburg).
An exhibit and an international website on the early Middle Ages. A venue for reenactors to share their projects.