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 horse …
Music in Shushenskoe

Mir Sibiri International Festival of Ethnic Music & Crafts

In July around 25,000 music fans make camp in Shushenskoe during the annual Mir Sibiri (previously known as the Sayan Ring Festival). The three-day-long folk-music bash attracts ensembles from across Siberia and the…
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 wit…
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.