Times & Epochs Festival to span more than 20 historical eras and 30 city venues

Times & Epochs Festival to span more than 20 historical eras and 30 city venues
The eighth historical reenactment festival will take place in Moscow on 10-22 August.

The Times & Epochs Festival will involve over 3,000 historical reenactment masters from 22 Russian regions and 20 foreign countries, according to Alexei Nemeryuk, Head of the Moscow Department of Trade and Services, who spoke at a meeting of the City Government Presidium.

The eighth historical reenactment festival will take place in Moscow on 10-22 August. This year, the festival will encompass several dozen historical eras, from the Stone Age to the late 20th century. Thirty festival venues will open in the city centre, parks and gardens.

Vikings and knights

The Boulevard Ring will turn into a 10-kilometre live history display. The reenactment sites on Nikitsky Boulevard will present the Middle Ages; the sites on Tverskoy Boulevard will feature the Napoleonic Wars, and Chistoprudny Boulevard will bring back 10th-century Russia and the Viking Age. Gogol Boulevard will showcase 17th-century Moscow. Petrovsky Boulevard will host a venue dedicated to primitive people. Pokrovsky Boulevard will look back on the ancient wars and the Scythia of Herodotus. Rozhdestvensky Boulevard will focus on the Russian−Turkish war. The Early 20th Century Through the Eyes of Antosha Chekhonte venue will open in Strastnoi Boulevard.

Tverskaya Square will revive the atmosphere of the Khrushchev Thaw and the look of a typical dacha of that period. Festival guests will have a place to relax and listen to jazz, as well as visit an antiques auction and a vintage car show.

In Novopushkinsky Garden, young visitors will be able to participate in traditional games from different eras and see old-time toys. The atmosphere of a Moscow courtyard in the 1970s−1980s will be recreated next to Krasnopresnenskaya metro station. The Presnya Museum will hold The Revolutionary Eclecticism exhibition of the military gear and uniforms of the period of Russian revolutions of the early 20th century.

Pushkin Square will become one of the festival magnets with medieval knight tournaments. Festival guests will enjoy fencing duels and can even take part in combat training. Middle Age enthusiasts will be able to try on armour and become a 15th-century warrior in the knight school in Druzhby Park, where there will be exciting lectures, knight gear equipment, a horse stable and a blacksmith’s shop.

One million rouble-worth historical project

Revolution Square will present the best works of the historical project contest organised as part of the Times & Epochs Festival for the second time. Twenty-one participants were shortlisted for the final. They proposed projects for new museums and exhibitions, websites, books, multimedia products, and historical and cultural parks.

The finalists include:

— A museum exhibition on the new form of military regiments in the 17th century, by Yekaterina Zhuravlyova (Moscow);

— A reenactment of the equestrian manning detail for a 1902 76-mm division artillery weapon, by Dmitry Savchenko (Moscow);

— Wonderful Metochion in the village of Zasosye, by Anna-Ksenia Galaktionova (St Petersburg);

— Mobile Photography and Film Studio, by Yaroslav Markov (Shchyolkovo);

–– A Theatrical Bakery-Tavern, by Ilya Davydov (Sevastopol);  

— A book, A City at the Great Abatis Border: Saransk in the 17th Century, by Dmitry Frolov (Saransk);

— Gusli, by Kirill Sivakovsky (Moscow);

— Forgotten Heroism of the 2nd Assault Army, by Pavel Zheltov (St Petersburg);

— Forpost Live History Park, by Yury Ionov (Moscow);

— History Under the Skin, by Alexander Shchuplyakov (Moscow);

— Lyudota online magazine, by Nikolai Chebotaryov (Samara);

— Barbaric Enamels of Eastern Europe, restoration of accessory and military gear sets, by Alexander Alekseyev (Oboyan);

— Vihuela, a Renaissance Mystery, by Dmitry Cherevko (Vladimir);

— Misterion Medieval Theatre, by Yelizaveta Rylova (Moscow);

— Ushkui Medieval Settlement, a historical and cultural park, by Yevgeny Bedenko (Kaliningrad);

— Gin’ol Theatre of Trench Art, by Konstantin Andreyev (Sevastopol);

— The 9th-11th century agricultural centre in the Kaup settlement, by Sergei Shalatov (Kaliningrad);

— Archaeology Today, by Ivan Savchenko (Moscow);

— Historical Fishing Trip, by Valentin Rumyantsev (Moscow);

— VR walk around ancient cities demonstrated on 18th-century Yakutsk, by Igor Ivanov (Yakutsk);

— The Archeos Centre of Historical Projects, by Ivan Semyan (Chelyabinsk).

The expert council of historians, archaeologists, museum workers and historical reenactors will select nine winners who will receive 1 million roubles each to carry out their ideas.

Alexei Nemeryuk added that the festival programme includes the History Trail city quest on Moscow history and 340 walking tours.