Cultural in Kazan


Joking competitions and serious sport events – horse races and wrestling matches – feature prominently during Sabantuy, the main Tatar holiday celebrated all over Tatarstan and beyond on the third Saturday of June. …
Cycling in Golden Ring

Uglich Versta

A few hundred bicyclists meet in June for three days of riding, singing and drinking at this annual fest. The program includes various competitions, entertainment and a bicycle parade. Special events are organised f…
Sailing in Arkhangelsk

Adventure Race 80 dg

Since 2009 Arkhangelsk has been both a stopover and the finishing point of adventurous annual regattas organised by Rusarc. In 2013 almost a dozen countries took part in the challenging race from Arkhangelsk to Fran…
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 …
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…
Fiesta in St Petersburg

City Day

Mass celebrations are held throughout the city centre on 27 May, the city’s official birthday, known as den goroda (city day). Brass bands, folk dancing and mass drunkenness are the salient features of this perennia…
Film in Sochi

Kinotavr Film Festival

The week-long Kinotavr Film Festival in June attracts many big Russian film stars and the occasional foreign actor. Screenings outside the Winter Theatre are free, whereas you have to pay for screenings inside the t…
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.
Performing Arts in St Petersburg

Mariinsky Ballet Festival

The city’s principal dance theatre hosts this week-long international ballet festival, where the cream of Russian ballet dancers showcase their talents.
Fiesta in Petrozavodsk

Hyperborea Festival

Chase the winter blues away at this festival celebrating all things snow and ice. Held lakeside in January/February.