New Area of Inspiration in the Far East of Russia!

“Areas of Inspiration” project has spread its influence even to the beautiful Far East of Russia. In the period from 17th to 27th of October 2019,  the manager of the successful project “Areas of Inspiration”and  artists taking part in the project, organized an International art Symposium “Path of the Udege hunters”, which took place in the picturesque village of Krasny Yar, located within the National Park Bikin in Far East of Russia. The symposium was organized by Machaon International in close co-operation with the Administration of National Park Bikin and Agency of Rural Development. It was supported by the CAF Founfation in the framework of the project: “Path of the Udege hunters”. Thanks to the symposium, new tourist trail with unique art objects open to visitors in National Park Bikin in the Far East of Russia. 

In a time of  10 days 9 artists under the artistic supervision by Mikhail Beketov and Alexey Sheboldajev (Russia) created more than 30 unique and diverse paintings and 15 land-art objects on the trail in the national park called Path of the Udege hunters. Art symposium was accompanied by rich cultural programme and allowed also local children and women to participate in master-classes led by the artists. Artists and local people had get-together evenings with warm atmosphere, participated in interesting excursions to the heart of the national park and did not miss the opportunity to test unique local cuisine. Ceremonial opening of an land-art exposition was organised in the framework of local holiday event: Start of hunting season.

The art-symposium involved local residents from the village of Krasny Yar. They took part in activities organized by the Administration of National Park Bikin aimed at preserving the natural and cultural heritage of the territory through participation in specific environmental and cultural events by residents. The leading idea of the symposium was to help to National Park Bikin to find an innovative way for popularization of the traditional lifestyle and culture of indigenous people’s group Udege and for attracting public attention to their cultural heritage. The main source of livelihoods of Udege people during many centures were always rich local natural resources.

Posted by: Svetlana Belova on 3oth October 2019

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