Cultural in Kyzyl


Tuva’s most dramatic festival is Naadym, usually held in and around Kyzyl in the summer months. Vastly less touristy than the Mongolian equivalent, Naadym is a good opportunity to hear khöömei concerts, watch...

Cultural in Tuva


Tuvan New Year (February) is the biggest festival of the year, with sangalyr (purification ceremonies), including a huge spring cleaning, gift giving, visits to relatives and temple rituals.

Music in Tuva

Ustuu Khuree

Large world-music festival held in and around the Ustuu Khuree temple near Chadan in western Tuva.

Cultural in Tuva

Khöömei Symposium

An erratically held, though possibly now-annual event for enthusiasts, anthropologists and musicologists (and anyone else interested) including lectures, talks, demonstrations, competitions and performances, all...

Music in Krasnoyarsk

Zelyony Festival

Usually held in June on Tatyshev island, this giant picnic celebrates modern art and street food in addition to lots of good music.