The ENEA, Moscow, is hosting a festival dedicated to Baikal, the deepest lake on the planet. All comers are welcome for free.
The festival “Baikal. The Magic of Water” is running from November 9 to December 5, 2019. It is timed to the date of December 5, 1996, when Lake Baikal was included in the World Natural Heritage List by the decision of UNESCO.
The festival will introduce you to the unique ecosystem of Lake Baikal. The main venue of the event is the first floor of the aquarium, which has been turned into a large-scale interactive zone with subject expositions and a stage.
The festival is named after the film “Baikal. The Magic of Water”, which is going on general release in December, 2019. On November 29, the visitors to Moskvarium, one of the partners of this international project, could see episodes from the film and the creative team of the filmmakers. For the film shooting, eight expeditions to Lake Baikal and six to other places on the planet were carried out. The viewers will see a journey full of adventures, dangers and amazing discoveries through the eyes of a baby seal, the most defenseless, but at the same time a brave inhabitant of Baikal waters. The Russian version is voiced by Konstantin Khabensky and Tutta Larsen.
Schedule of the Baikal Festival
Daily from November 9 to December 5:
• 10 am to 10 pm - photo exhibition of the New Time production center presenting 20 stands with stunning photographs of the flora and fauna of the Baikal Lake, taken by the film crew while working on the film “Baikal. The Magic of Water”.
Here you can also see clothes, shoes, furniture and cultural objects of the dwellers of Cisbaikalia, collected by the ethnic dance group “Buin Khan”.
• 11 am to 6 pm - an interactive virtual reality zone “Flying over Lake Baikal”: Equipped with special VR helmets there you can see the 360 °panorama of the lake from a bird's eye view.
• 11 am to 6 pm - creative workshop “The Kings of Baikal” for children to make crowns with symbols of the Baikal area.
• 12 pm - ecological game-trip "A Fascinating Expedition Around Lake Baikal", which is presented for the first time in Moscow. The game was authored by Maya Tropina, an Irkutsk writer, biologist and teacher, with the support of the Irkutsk organization Association for Defending Baikal Together.
The format of the game is 6 meters long and 3 meters wide. It depicts a color map of Lake Baikal with several routes for players to move around the playing field. The participants will learn interesting facts about the Baikal region and the rules of human behavior in the wild. Teams from 10 to 20 people aged 11–15 years are welcome to participate with prior registration: firstname.lastname@example.org, +7 (499) 677-77-77.
• 1:30 pm - an informative master class by the ethnic dance studio Buin Khan about the culture, customs and games of the peoples of Lake Baikal. Participants will learn the story of every exhibit, play the Buryat game “Hiding the Ring” with the hosts and dance the traditional circular dance of Yehor. At the end of the workshop, everyone will have a chance to get their name written in old Mongolian vertical scripts as a keepsake.
The photos of Baikal are provided by the creative team of the film “Baikal. The Magic of Water”.
Where: Moskvarium at the address 119, bldg 23, Mira Avenue, next to VDNKh metro station, Moscow.
When: from November 9 to December 5, 2019.
Author: Vera Ivanova