The thousand-year-old Kazan has a bustling cultural life. Yearly cultural occasions, for example, the Rudolph Nureyev International Ballet Festival, the Feodor Chaliapin International Opera Festival, and the White Lilac International Festival named after Sergey Rachmaninov invite a large number of guests every year.
The occupants of Kazan are extremely glad for their theatres and the vast majority of them will demand that in the wake of having visited the Kremlin, you ought to appreciate the city’s rich cultual scene as well.
The nine theatres, thirty-four state exhibition halls, various private workmanship displays, the Saidashev State Big Concert Hall, and two philharmonic ensembles will present you the innumerable chances to encounter Russian culture and craftsmanship.
So, here are cultural events in Kazan that you should not miss.
The biggest yearly global show in Russia has been running since 1991 dependent on the activity of the Kazan city club of science fiction fans who call themselves Stranniki or Wanderers. The principal celebration unites around 70 individuals from Kazan, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Krasnoyarsk and different urban areas. It has since developed to a huge scale occasion including exhibitions of celebrated sci-fi authors, courses about acting, balls, competitions, rivalries, and exhibitions with the interest of more than 500 members.
2. International Opera Festival named after Fyodor Shalyapin
Each February, Kazan has the International Opera Festival named after Fyodor Shalyapin. Established in 1982, it unites exhibitions by Russian drama stars, famous foreign entertainers and conductors, and pulls in the consideration of thousands of visitors from around the globe. Past entertainers of the celebration have included Lyubov Kazarnovskaya, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Valery Gergiev, Mikhail Pletnev, and Gintaras Rinkevicius among others.
3. International Classical Ballet Festival named after Rudolph Nouriyev
In 2018, the celebration was devoted to the 80th commemoration of the exceptional ballet artist and choreographer Rudolf Nureyev. The program incorporates expressive dance exhibitions, where Rudolf Nureyev amazed spectators during his time: Giselle, Don Quixote, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, La Bayadère, Romeo and Juliet and the showstopper of national works of art — Shurale.
The presentation schedule additionally incorporates performances highlighting modern coreography, since Nureyev himself was broadcasted as the revolutionary of ballet, continually asking to keep consummating the craftsmanship, and focusing on new patterns. The primary parts in all exhibitions will be performed by invited ballet stars from both Russia and abroad.
Sabantuy is one of the most adored occasions of Tatarstan local people, and it initiates when all planting on the fields has been finished. During the occasion, a light-hearted air of fun rules, Tatar music reigns from all over, and tents burst with refreshments. There you can battle with packs loaded up with feed, run over a tight log or take an interest in an egg and spoon race holding the spoon in your mouth, as well as watch the ‘Koresh’ belt wrestling competitions.
5. Tamle Kazan
Attempt conventional Tatar dishes and gain proficiency with their recipes at the gastronomic celebration ‘Tamle Kazan’. More than 40 bistros and cafés around the city will take part in the current year’s celebration, and notwithstanding the primary nourishment court that will be set up on the square. Visitors and local people can appreciate lie music, a kids’ play area, and cooking performances in front of an audience. Access to the nourishment court square is free.
6. City Day of Kazan and the Day of the Republic of Tatarstan
The principle festivity of Kazan and all of Tatarstan is one of a kind in its tremendous and multifaceted nature. The official piece of the Day of the City and the Republic is the opening ceremony which grants exceptional occupants of Tatarstan, and is proceeded by enormous scale sports rivalries — for instance, races at the Kazan Horse Race Track and a car show on the Millennium Square.
The commemoration of the Republic is commended in the Kazan Kremlin and on the Kremlin dike where loud folk celebrations, concerts, master classes, presentations of folk crafts, shows of national societies and conventions all happen to pay tribute to the festival. Somewhere else of festivity is the square before the ‘Kazan’ Family Centre, where stars of the Russian music scene and celebrated entertainers from Tatarstan perform at night. The festival closes at 22:00 with a bubbly salute on the Kazanka River.
7. Sviyazhskaya Uha
Fall in Tatarstan starts with a charming and delectable celebration on the Sviyazhsk island town. The lives of local people are firmly associated with angling, so it is nothing unexpected that fish soup is viewed as a customary neighbourhood dish. Coordinators of the gastronomic celebration have transformed the cooking and degustation of the soup into a genuine festival with music, dance, master classes, and some exhibitions.
Sviyazhsk will have angling challenges, a challenge to see who will set up the best soup, a performance of a folk band, and a fire show. The sweet-smelling fish soup made with newly got fish is cooked in huge boilers — enough for all guests to get a taste.
8. Great Bolgar’ Medieval Battle Festival
Each summer, the Great Bolgar Museum Reserve transforms into a play area for staggering medieval fights. The celebration is gone to by Russian and universal historical re-enactment clubs. They will grandstand the re-enactments of fights but a real clash of prepared warriors of the ages of the Golden Horde, Russia, and Europe.
There, you can watch knight fights, pony and equestrian competitions as well as mass ‘bugurt’ fights. The site of the celebration is the Great Bolgar — the most seasoned landmark of history and engineering which has been remembered for the rundown of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The 550 hectares of Bolgar domain houses various landmarks of the architecture of the twelfth to fourteenth centuries.
So, those are cultural events in Kazan that you should not miss if you happen to visit Kazan during your vacation or backpacking trip.