Festivals and competitions of the Vologda Region

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International festival “City of Crafts” 

Craftsmanship is deep-rooted in the heritage of the Vologda Region. For many centuries the traditional crafts that are steeped in legends and tales have brought joy to the Russians because of their skilfully worked designs. Many kinds of folk arts were brought to perfection in the Vologda Region.


The International Theatre Festival «Voices of History»

The festival appeared in Vologda as a review of the performances in the historical and architectural community. Its main stage in the open air became the unique ensemble of the Vologda Kremlin.

Международный фестиваль кружева в Вологде «Vita Lace»

The International festival of laces Vita Lace

The only in Russia festival of Lace Vita lace took place in Vologda since 2011. The first Festival assembled 800 guests from 10 countries and 24 regions of Russia. Its centerpiece was ambitious show «The most massive lace-making» (Samoye massovoye kruzhevopleteniye) with simultaneous participation of 570 lacemakers.


The Gavrilin International Music Festival

The festival has become an integral part of the cultural life of Vologda and all Russia. Its misson is to preserve the heritage and perpetuate the memory of the remarkable Russian composer Valery Aleksandrovich Gavrilin.


The Governor’s International Youth Contest

The festival named after V. Gavrilin is a significant event in a cultural life both of the Vologda region and the whole Russia. The contest has been held since 2001.


Vologda Independent Cinema from European Screens (2010-2018)

VOICES are an international festival of full-length feature films, having become a rendezvous for new generation of the European film directors. Every year the movie forum shows works of the famous film people and newcomers.