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Paradise for keltomanov: Midsummer Festival 2007

July 4 2007

Midsummer Festival (literally - "Midsummer") - a festival day of the summer solstice, celebrated by all peoples of Europe from ancient times to the present day. Slavs it is known as Ivan Kupala.

At the heart of Midsummer Festival original concept - a reconstruction of the ancient atmosphere of celebration and an attempt to show how the Celtic tradition influences on contemporary culture and art. For example, on a stage next to the bagpipes appear electric, traditional, centuries-old music side by side with the author's folk-rock, next to a strict historical reconstruction appear fantasy elements associated with Celtic history and mythology. Over the years this festival dedicated to traditional culture and its place in the modern world, has earned popularity as the participants and the audience. In 2005, the number of spectators attending the festival exceeded 5000 people.

The venue of the festival was celebrated Vyborg Park and Reserve, which allowed all the participants of the action plays combine music with outdoor recreation, famous for its beauty. The official name of territory in which the festival - The State Historical-Architectural and Natural Museum-Reserve Park Mon Repos ". And the landscape park, and Mon Repos estate - the monuments of federal significance. One can go to talk about the beauty of a unique landscape of these places: the pine forest covering the rocks on the shore of the bay Protective Baltic Sea, the graceful arbors on the steep slopes, water lilies in clear water, beautiful views from the shore.

Public entertainment is somehow become foxes and squirrels, for which people are actively running around with cameras, hoping to make photographs with as much as possible at close range.

Something magical pose a fancy fern thickets and patches of moss hills ... By the way, in Celtic mythology was attended by the characters who live under green hills. Perhaps it is no coincidence one of the first events of the festival Midsummer Festival 2007 was a game of "Midsummer Night", in which some participants played the role of the most magical characters - oxides.

I must say, every year the festival's program is becoming more varied and interesting - fencing duels, staging of battle scenes, traditional cuisine, the Scottish folk games and other activities seamlessly infused into the overall program. Of course, this year was not without appropriate place orders. Costume contest, held Saturday night, drew a lot of viewers: the participants came to the point with considerable imagination.

Generally, from Friday to Sunday in the park "Mon Repos" gathered a lot of extremely charismatic, dressed in the most incredible costumes, many of whom literally feast for the eyes. And costumes for the entourage, wreaths of wild flowers - all this gave the event a special flair, and all present could plunge into an atmosphere of joy and peace of the holiday.

Numerous fans of Irish and Scottish dances are literally risking their lives danced to "natural dancing" - a glade, seemed to consist of continuous mounds. Polkas, waltzes and other dances, performed with great pleasure - all this could contemplate on different parts of the meadow. For everyone was organized, even a master class in Scottish dancing.

On the stage, of course, also danced: for this was allocated plenty of space directly in front of musicians. And so, if desired, any group could announce the dance and call to him on the stage "dancers".

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Dance teams were very worthy, and most original dance number was the militant girls with swords, representing the St. Petersburg team of Irish Dance Ceili Club.

The musical part of the holiday was almost non-stop, beginning on June 29 passed the seiche with different musicians. June 30 afternoon concert began on the main stage, it was attended by groups from different Russian cities, including Hogmoney, «End of Summer", "See Bee», Moonlit Valley, Reelroad and others.

Late at night, members of the group Musica Radicum staged a fire show at the sound of medieval music, and then took the final seiche in the format of the traditional holiday. According to the organizers of the celebration on the islands - the most important part of the festival, this is where you can feel the atmosphere of sincerity and archaic solstice holiday, where stereotypes are erased today.

Photos by: Svetlana Makeyev, Alexander Kussul and Senecarus.

Natalia Filippovich


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