On 13 and 14 August, guests of the Times & Epochs festival of historical reenactment will learn to cook to Sofya Tolstaya’s recipes, see the uniform worn by Moscow railway station workers during the late 19th-early 20th centuries and discuss the works of Gaius Julius Caesar.
At the Medieval University venue, festival goers will learn about the life of students in the 15th century.
At 11 am, visitors can attend a student initiation ceremony and sing Gaudeamus before taking part in lectures and discussions. At a philosophy class at 2 pm, “students” will be able to read excerpts from The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli, while during a history lesson at 5 pm, they can read and discuss The Gallic Wars by Julius Caesar. At 6 pm everyone is invited to attend an impromptu lecture and discuss the issues that were important to the students of that time. The day will conclude with examinations and a graduation ceremony, where diplomas will be presented.
On Tuesday, 14 August, at 11 am guests will watch the cooking of dishes popular in the second half of the 19th century. At the 1878-1879 Russo-Turkish War venue, reenactors will present a typical lunch, which was popular both at home and in the taverns of the time.
The first course was a mushroom soup, the second, a matelote (steam cooked fish with melted butter) and green beans á la maître d’hôtel. The dessert was hot chocolate and apples á la Dauphine with jam, sponge cake crumbs and cream). All these recipes were taken from the cookbook of Leo Tolstoy’s wife, Sofya.
The Pavlovsky Music Railway Station programme will take place on the same day at 11 am at the Moscow Railway Station venue.
People can visit the office of the station master and the railway restaurant. They can find out how the telegraph and ancient cameras worked, listen to lectures about how to drive a train and the operation of the Russian railway system at various stages in its history. On 14 August, guests will be able to dance to Moscow music from different eras and see the uniforms worn by railway station workers in the late 19th-early 20th centuries. The show will take place eight times, with the first performance starting at 12 noon, the second, at 2 pm and after that hourly until the final show at 8 pm.
The cinema will hold screenings of “a special film dedicated to Moscow and the coronation of Emperor Nicholas II” at 12 noon, 4 pm, 5 pm, 6 pm and 8 pm.
The Times & Epochs festival takes place from 10 to 22 August. This year, its main venues are located on Tverskaya Square, the Nikitsky, Strastnoi and Tverskoi boulevards, Kamergersky Pereulok and on Profsoyuznaya Street.