03 August 2016

    The second Eastern Economic Forum will take place on September 2–3 in Vladivostok. The Far East Street Festival will be held as part of the forum at the Far Eastern Federal University campus on Russky Island embankment. The organisers of the Festival are the Far East Development Fund and the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, supported by the Federal Agency for Tourism.

    Between September 1 and 4, 2016, EEF participants will have an opportunity to get to know the unique and outstanding features of each of the nine Far Eastern Federal District constituent entities: the Amur, Magadan and Sakhalin Regions, the Jewish Autonomous Region, the Kamchatka, Primorsky and Khabarovsk Territories, the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), and the Chukotka Autonomous District. The Festival will also feature the Republic of Crimea as a guest. The Festival will open its doors to the general public on September 4.

    The participating regions have developed unique pavilion concepts for the Festival. Their venues will showcase the cultural and historical traditions, natural riches and industrial potential of each of the regions. The Primorsky Territory’s pavilion will be shaped like a lotus to remind visitors of its environmentally clean tourist attractions. The Chukotka Autonomous District will greet visitors with a bear’s lair and boats made from walrus skins. The Magadan Region will present an interactive visualisation of gold mining, with an on-site master class on how to sift gold-bearing sand for gold. In a departure from the Far Eastern ambience, the Republic of Crimea’s pavilion will offer an interactive display of that region’s tourist destinations.

    The Festival will feature a fusion of the Far East’s traditions and innovative technology. For instance, guests will be able to get photographed in a spaceship in the Amur Region’s pavilion, the Khabarovsk Territory is planning to dazzle everyone with a panoramic video display wall, the Sakhalin Region will present a POV alpine skiing simulator, and the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) will exhibit a rare archaeological find of a cave lion cub more than 10,000 years old (the world’s first and only of its kind).

    The Fish Market area will offer tastings of the traditional and original Far Eastern cuisine. An open kitchen will hold master classes and chef performances. The City of Artisans area will introduce visitors to the arts and craft traditions of the Far East’s peoples.

    A special pavilion run by the Ministry of Agriculture of Russia will host an exhibition of achievements of the Far East’s regional food and beverage industry. An exposition by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation will be an interactive venue where visitors can learn about the natural beauty of the Far East and use augmented reality devices to meet the symbols of our country “face to face”:– the Amur tiger, the Far Eastern leopard, and the bear – and have their photos taken with them.

    The Festival’s cultural programme will be complemented by a carnival parade of regional delegations, a concert featuring performances representing each region, and nightly screenings of the best Russian films dedicated to the Year of Cinema.

    To help the Festival’s guests keep fit, the Russian wushu and fitness associations will hold open classes in qigong, an ancient Chinese health practice, wushu, and traditional fitness exercises under the guidance of experienced instructors.

    The Festival will culminate in a gala concert and an award ceremony for winners in the Best Pavilion and Best Mockup or Art Object categories, as well as for “people’s choice” designers/performers of the best stage costume, best concert number, best culinary dish, best souvenir and best traditional craft work.