Time and Epochs Festival
The Festival Time and Epochs got spread in Moscow boulevards on June, 7-17. This year it was organized for the ninth time, and after each time it grows: 40 different sites, 15 countries, 2000 participants, 1000 excursions, 4 historical epochs.
Every year the festival attracts thousands of participants and visitors from all over the world. All together we are given an opportunity to travel back in time. Reenactors in historical costumes were everywhere in Moscow for the whole week. Let’s visit some of the historical sites together!
The first one is the site called Russians in Paris, 1814, and it is chosen as the winning one in the program of the festival by people’s voting. Winning Napoleon War, the Russian Army is shown as located in Paris: the solders carry a guard, some are standing around the guns and carriages, some are on duty in the camps, some are at rest telling battle stories to each other.
For the ones curious about the French cuisine of that period of time there are cooking potato meatball master-classes and lectures on French wines.
Life in the camp is mixed with some entertainment as boat rides in the pond, chatting with local girls and even posing to the painters while working or on duty.
Let’s go to another part of the world and visit the Ottoman Empire site. There we see different colors in costumes, quiet rhythm of life, and the aroma of coffee and spices is in the air.
At the time of no war the Ottoman solders are seen in joining the musicians and singing war ballads or songs of the countries of their origin, or practicing sword fighting. The army tents of the commanders are decorated in eastern ornamental way, and it has some furniture pieces that makes it look as transportable mini palaces.
The next site we visit is called The Victories of Piter the Great. Here the atmosphere of that period of Russian history is recreated, the time of Northern wars and radical changes in Russian way of life to make it follow European traditions. The reenactors from Sweden made this spot really colorful.
Let’s go really back in time to 9-12 century! The history of that period is shown in crafts, and covers the areas from Scandinavia to Asia Minor. The Craft Posad site presents master-classes on handcrafting all day long. You can buy some professionally done items or try yourself in creating wood or stone artwork of your own.
This was our one day travel through time and epochs, and still so much more to see!
The day finished with champagne opening by the sword, a duel between Pushkin and Dantes and mazurka dance!
The Russians in Paris. 1814 are the winners of the festival! Congratulations!