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Woe from Wit is a nominee of Golden Mask

The performance "Woe from Wit" of our Volkov Theater was nominated in the famous Russian theatrical award Golden Mask in the following nominations:

  • Best Large Scale Production
  • Best Director
  • Best Actor
  • Best Designer
  • and Best Light Designer

The Golden Mask is a National Theatre Award which was founded in 1994 by the Theatre Union of Russia and is given to productions in all genres of theatre art: drama, opera, ballet, operetta and musical, and puppet theatre. The Golden Mask is also an All-Russian Theatre Festival that, in the spring of each year, presents to the capital the most significant performances from all over Russia. The participants are selected by the Boards of Experts that include reputed theatre critics. The Jury of the Golden Mask Festival is composed of well-known actors, directors, conductors, choreographers, and theatre artists. The culmination of the Golden Mask is the Award Ceremony, which takes place on one of Moscow’s most famous stages and is broadcast by the national television channel. The authority of the Golden Mask Award and its special role are recognized by professionals, the public, and the mass media alike.

More information about the theater and the award:

Thursday, December 17, 2009 in . You can comment.

New trolleybus line in Yaroslavl #6 from Bogoyavleniya to Railway Station

There will be a new trollybus line on Bolshaya Oktyabrskaya Street. Now this line, which will be from Main Railway Station to Bogoyavleniya Square, is putting on trial. The first passenger transportation will begin in two days. According to the mayor of Yaroslavl, the work with bus stops and traffic signs is needed to be finished.


Now everybody can appreciate new noiseless trolleybuses. Before that locals of Bolshaya Oktyabrskaya suffered from tram noises. New trolleybuses turned out to be less noisy and more comfortable as well as cheap for the city budget.

There will be six trolleybuses on the line and the traffic interval will be 5 minutes. And now people can get to the city center two ways: #1 and #6 lines of trolleybuses. In the future (after the reconstruction of Moskovskiy prospekt) #6 line will be longer: from the Railway Station to Neftestroy.

More information about new line is also available in Russian.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009 in . You can comment (we have one response).

December 14 is a very cold day


I think the winter is in Yaroslavl now. Everybody felt it today morning when has known about the weather and the degree. It was -25 degrees below zero.

Some bus lines didn't work and people had to wait. For example, buses on line #43 haven't been working all morning. Nonetheless, we are used to suffering fro such weather and sometimes it is enjoyable.

By the way, you can follow a current status of Yaroslavl via webcams.

Monday, December 14, 2009 in . You can comment.

The sight of the pond and a part of Moskovskiy prospekt

The migrant ducks on the pond in the park "Neftyannikov".

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 in . You can comment (already 4 responses).

Yaroslavl For Me Podcast, Episode 4

Table of content:

  1. Russian learning lesson with the transcript: the dialogue "The First Snow".
  2. The song "Nebesa" of Yaroslavl music band Broadside. Russian music with lyrics.

Our extra materials for this podcast:

Download Yaroslavl For Me Podcast, Episode 4 (mp3) or Subscribe to future podcasts.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009 in . You can comment (already 2 responses).

33 Minutes of Yaroslavl #1: The beginning of Svobody Street

We are opening a new sub-project of our Photo section: 33 Minutes of Yaroslavl. During 33 minutes we take photographs of interesting places of Yaroslavl and than we make a shot film to show our city in action.

The beginning of Svobody street in October (map of this place). And it is Saturday.

Sunday, October 11, 2009 in . You can comment (already 2 responses).

Aerial view of Autumn's Moskovskiy prospekt

The sigth on Moskovskiy prospekt

The view of Moskovskiy prospekt from the top of a high building.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009 in . You can comment (already 2 responses).

New ship was launched to the Volga

Today a new ship was launched to the Volga river. The experienced sailors didn't conn the ship. Young sailors did that. There were a dress uniform, an orchestra and invited guests. There has not been such solemn event in Children's Sea Center after Ushakov yet. And only because the young sailors were presented with a ship.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009 in . You can comment (we have one response).

Architecture of Movement's parks

Parks, parks and parks. There are lots of parks in Yaroslavl which are very green and beautiful either in summer and winter. You can just talk a walk or run in a circle. But there are more interesting things which have been realised by Architecture of Movement organisers.

Three times during this September — 6th, 13th and 27th — there were great performances directly in parks.

Dancing, music and light show with some hand-made activity were in Yaroslavl when citizens have gone to the parks. We know that in Europe and US it is common to be in a green park and just sit on grass. But for us it is very uncommon and a new experience. That is why we want to change parks and make them better for leisure.

Time will show and now you can see photographs from these events: 6th, 13th and 27th of September.

Monday, September 28, 2009 in . You can comment.

Jazz at Large

Another interesting event was on 16th of September. As all events of September, this one was also provided by Architecture of Movement.



The name of the quite amazing performance was "Jazz na Svobode" (either Free Jazz and Jazz at Large, a Russian pun). The main idea was to play jazz on the balcony and in the same time passersby can't see an orchestra. They only should listen to free music, jazz music, street music.

As if the music was from air.

People heard the music but could not understand where it came from. It was city filled with beautiful sounds.

Everything was fine. You can make sure of this yourself.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009 in . You can comment.

The biggest conference in Yaroslavl

The modern state and Global security is the name of the greatest conference ever which took place in Yaroslavl yesterday.

September 14, 2009 International Conference “The Modern State and Global Security” organized and held under the aegis of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev will take place in Yaroslavl, Russia. The Key topic of the Conference is what the modern state should be like, how should it act and progress in order to make the world a safer and more sustainable place.

There were lots of topics:

  • In which degree does social policy of one state become a factor of global stability;
  • Though which international institutions should states develop standards of their behavior and guarantee security of other countries;
  • Upon which principles is it possible to build a mutual loyalty of states toward a distinct pattern of a political system;
  • What actions should the modern state take against terrorism, separatism and xenophobia, present threats to the common good.

There were more than 550 participants including our president Medvedev, Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, French Prime Minister Francois Fillon.

There is an interesting connection between Mr. Medvedev and Yaroslavl. I've found it on Russia Today website.

President Dmitry Medvedev, who celebrated his birthday Monday, explained to the audience the significance of choosing the ancient Russian city of Yaroslavl, which turns a youthful 1,000 years old next year, as the venue site.

“Yaroslavl received its namesake from ‘Yaroslav the Wise,’ a grand prince who was responsible for transforming early Russia into a cultural and military powerhouse,” the president explained.

He then reminded the audience that it was “Yaroslav who was responsible for publishing Russia’s first code of laws, which became the basis of Russian statehood.” This little history lesson courtesy of the Russian president, by the way, was probably meant as a dig at those who chastise Russia’s home-grown brand of democracy. After all, should Russians stop drinking kvass just because Coca-Cola is widely available? Probably not.

Medvedev also mentioned Yarolslavl’s coat of arms, which just happens to be the bear, an animal that behaves with “force and prudence.” Medvedev said that it is exactly these two qualities that will help the world escape from the clutches of global financial crisis (Incidentally, the Russian word for bear is “medved”).

More info you can find on the official website.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009 in . You can comment (we have one response).

Stop Crisis with the Architecture of Movement

It is just a simple sentence on the grass which made with people on Moskovskiy prospekt. Stop Crisis or Stop Krizis say the Architecture of Movement to us.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009 in . You can comment.

It is 60s with Stilyagis

There was another event of the Architecture of Movement (I have to mention that all September in Yaroslavl is filled with gorgeous events of the Architecture of Movements). 11th of September there was a ridiculous performance with a Stilyagi theme.

Stilyagi (Russian: стиляги, the plural of стиляга, literally "stylish", "style hunter") were members of a youth subculture that existed from the late 1940s until the early 1960s in the USSR. Stilyagi generally opposed the mainstream Soviet ideology of that time and were primarily distinguished by their snappy or unfashionate clothing, considered politically incorrect and contrasting the communist-socialist realities.

say Wikipedia about Stilyagi. Today Stilyagi is a trend because of recently released movie Stilyagi about 1950s life.

Our Stilyagi event was nearby Railway Station. Girls and boys were in colourful clothes which looks as real as last century. Dancing and a little bit of those 50's mood.

There were old cars – it goes without questions! Yaroslavl can also make such great performance concerning with our history. As usual you can see more pictures on the special pages of the project Architecture of Movement.

Saturday, September 12, 2009 in . You can comment.

Pusto is not empty, it is an amazing videoart

What does the Russian word "Pusto" mean? Yes, I can write it in Russian as "Пусто" but if you don't know Russian, you can't differently say what does it mean. The simple translation of the word is empty. Nonetheless it is a famous street video festival in Russia.

Some people try to show some shot (or not) videos for other some people. The main idea is to show all of that in an empty place of a city: derelict houses, desolate places etc.

This year "Pusto" has been invited to show some videoart for the Architecture of Movement. There were two performances: in Bragino and nearby the River Station on 4th and 5th of September accordingly.

More photographs (as usual) of the Architecture of Movement you can find on the official website and there is the journal (or blog) of the "Pusto" project. I think you can even join them.

Sunday, September 06, 2009 in . You can comment.

Yaroslavl Zoo celebrates its First Birthday

Inhabitants of Yaroslavl Zoo can expect to get refreshment. The wonderful village for animals is one year of age. Although this place can be called habitable, an improvement of the territory is in progress. There are new feeding-rack and houses for animals. This year a family of a deer became large: five baby animals were born! Fallow deer also was proud male.

In due course animals is getting accustomed to people. Some of them can even be feed from hands! The first habitants of the Zoo are bears Umka and Toptyshka (two years old). Today they are the Zoo emblem.

The materials from NTM TV.

Saturday, September 05, 2009 in . You can comment.


There are lots of bicyclists in Yaroslavl. They are real fans of that. No wonder that an event of the Architecture of Movement was great and overcrowded.

It was the Velopanorama or the panorama of the bicycles. There were a lot of these vehicles on our streets on 5th of September.

They started from our Railway station and carried on through Svobody street and Sovetskaya square to another station but River station.

Other photographs available on the Veloparoma page.

Saturday, September 05, 2009 in . You can comment (we have one response).

Trends: Free Wi-Fi access in Yaroslavl

This is a new post in our new sub-category of the category News (like Details or Front Doors in Stories). Now we are going to post interesting trends of our city Yaroslavl. Today we want to write about Internet access.

We know that in most European countries there are lots of cafes and restaurants with free Wi-Fi access. In the same time our catering just begins to provide it. Yes, there were some access in the past but it was paid or with some restrictions (speed and so on).

Today we can see sings which say us about good and absolutely free Wi-Fi access.

Another cafe provides not only wireless internet but also netbooks (it costs about $3/hour):

We suppose it's a good practice for our cafes and exactly an excellent trend!

Saturday, September 05, 2009 in . You can comment.

Ex'libris is a positive pop rock music band

Ex'libris is one of the "positive" Yaroslavl music bands which plays music in the pop-rock style. The project was founded in 1995 year by Nikolay Semenyaka. The band was a participant of lots different events like a concert in Olimpiysky, the rock-festival in Maloyaroslavets and many performances in Yaroslavl and Moscow clubs.

The music band likes to play optimistic music which put you in a good mood.

When the band was forming, many musicians have had a big experience of music performing in other groups. Ex'libris became popular after some merge of two bands in 2000 year.

In the beginning of 2007 year under the ridiculous circumstances Sasha (guitarist) knew from bassist Triad about another bassist who wanted to play rock. Though he recently played hard rock in different bands. But nevertheless tastes changed and he decided to work with positive songs. He is Alexey Pechkin.

Today Ex'libris is the band of five interesting musicians. The group doesn't afraid any experiments! The band is

  • Nikolay Semenyaka, voice and guitar
  • Alexander Zelenkov, guitar
  • Sergey Shishov, drums
  • Roman Troshin, keyboards
  • Alexey Pechkin, bass-guitar

There are some additional materials on the Internet:

Thursday, September 03, 2009 in . You can comment.

Poetical Arches

Do you know about street poetry? Many people think that there are no real poets today. Nevertheless the Architecture of Movement project (which has been mentioned recently) realized amazing poetical evening in Yaroslavl on 2nd of Semtemper.

There are lots of ancient arches in the city. They good look and in the same time they are very suitable for some art performances. For example, poetry!

In each arch there was a poet who recited poetry. But not only poetry was this day: guitar, songs and even dancing!

There are lots of photographs on the official website of 2009 project.

Thursday, September 03, 2009 in . You can comment.

Start with Architecture of Movement

Yesterday there was the first performance of the Architecture of Movement project which is organized for the second time. The Architecture of Movement (Архитектура движения in Russian) is a set of different kinds of events, performances and actions. Participants of this project say that the project for them is a festival of ideas.

The name of the first event is quite ordinary – Start (which in Russian is Pusk). The main idea was in releasing balloons. Every child, every boy and girl could get an own balloon which had to be released simultaneously with other participants.

Good weather, warm and fresh air with a perfect mood are enough to create awesome event!

I should mention that September, 1st is a big holiday in Russia with the name Knowledge Day (День Знаний in Russian or Den Znanij with transliteration). It is the day when the school year starts.

The whole of September there will be other events of the Architecture the Movement. Lots of photographs can be find on the official website www.armv09.ru.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009 in . You can comment.

Spaso-Preobrazhenskiy monastery

The Wall of Spasso-Preobrazhenskiy monastery

This photo shows one of the walls of the Spaso-Preobrazhenskiy monastery.

Saturday, August 22, 2009 in . You can comment (already 2 responses).

Old gates

Old gates

I find this old gates near Bol'shaya Oktyabr'skay street. Also there is a house, which was built of the similar red bricks.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009 in . You can comment.

The Kotorosl river

The Kotorosl' river

On this photo you can see the Kotorosl river near the Strelka -- the place, where the Kotorosl flows into the Volga.

Saturday, August 15, 2009 in . You can comment.

The embankment of the Kotorosl river

Embankment of the Kotorosl river

This photo was shot after a hard rain on the embankment of the Kotorosl river near Yubileynaya hotel.

Saturday, August 15, 2009 in . You can comment.

View on the Uspenskiy Cathedral

View on The Uspenskiy Cathedral

This photo was shot on the embankment of the Kotorosl river. You can see the building of the Uspenskiy Cathedral on the background.

Monday, August 10, 2009 in . You can comment.

The twin cities stone of Yaroslavl has been returned to the original place

Today I saw a twin cities stone on Volkova square.

Friday, July 24, 2009 in . You can comment (we have one response).

Flower Present

It is a flower gift of "The Golden Ring" cities to millennium Yaroslavl. The place nearby the fountain on Andropova street was decorated with flower compositions. Each of them is an original present of the cities from "The Golden Ring" and some towns of Yaroslavl oblast (Yaroslavl region).

The work has just been started. The official opening is on July 9th. In this day there will be representatives from all participated cities: Suzdal, Vladimir, Sergiev Pasad, Rostov, Uglich and other.

via NTM News.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009 in . You can comment (already 4 responses).

Skomoroshiy Bunt is movie's folk music band

Skomoroshiy Bunt (in Russian: Скомороший бунт) was founded in April, 2005 as "special music project" of the television series "Molodoy Volkodav". Initially the band consisted of Alexander Kasatkin (the leader of the half-folk/half-bard music band "Zabava") and Zakhar Potemkin (the leader of the cult Yaroslavl folk music band "Neizvestnaya Zemlya").

Kasatkin sang and played gusli, Potekin also sang and played lyre. In May several songs was recorded. Apart from filming there were two performances: a local bike show and "The Festival of an Orthodox Song".

There were three songs in the final revision of TV mini-series. In October a singer of Cossack chorus "Charochka" joined the band. He is Evgeny Bobkov. Now the band is:

  • Alexander Kasatkin - vocal, gusli, kazoo;
  • Zakhar Potemkin - vocal, percussion, kazoo;
  • Evgeny Bobkov - vocal, lyre and kazoo.

Almost all songs are written by the band. Kasatkin has written 60%, Potemkin - 40%. There are more then 20 songs of Skomoroshiy Bunt. The most part is in album "Natsionalnaya ideya" (in Engish: National idea). In 2008 Internet-album "Geroy" (in English: The Hero) was released.

What is the style of the band? All mixed: folk, rock and sometimes Cossack...

Some website on the Internet:

Sunday, June 07, 2009 in . You can comment.

Yaroslavl For Me: two months with you

Two month ago, 27th March, we opened this website for testing and writing first posts. Yes, it is necessary, because nobody wants to see an empty website. Initially, Elina and I have thought up several sections of the blog: photos, stories, history, music, news and podcasts. Today some of posts can simultaneously belong to two or even three sections. Sometimes I can't decide which part of the website is more suitable. I wanted to expand our blog with new section, but we decided to remain the structure intact. Nevertheless, there are lots of project within the blog. For example, there are Yaroslavl details and Yaroslavl Front door. During two month we wrote more than 45 post and sent lots of postcards with the view of Yaroslavl. By the way, if you want to receive a postcard then contact us.

Within a short time there will be some new projects. I think that you will be interested in these posts.

So, I want to make a short summary of some our interesting existed posts (three for each section).






And our experiment with podcasts:

I hope you carry on reading our website. We say thank you to all our visitors!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009 in . You can comment.

Yaroslavl Front Door #4: Sobinova street, 48

We continue our series of Yaroslavl front doors which made by LJ user yanlev. One of our readers complained of bad photo quality, so I've decided to correct some of yanlev's photographs. Possible in the future we will take photos on our own.

Sobinova street, 48

It's Sobinova street (ул. Собинова), 48. Okey, let's look into this building and don't forget to clink on an image if you want to enlarge it

It's Sakin's rented apartment house. This building was built in 1907 year. Mikhail Sakin was a famous Yaroslavl supporter (patron). In 1880s his father founded a weaving mill nearby the city. Today it is Krasnye tkachi (Красные ткачи). Mikhail liked the mill and worked a lot but ungrateful workers had been being on strike for two weeks.

After that incident he decided to give up the mill and take up his apartment house on Netecha street (ул. Нетеча). It's Sobinova street (ул. Собинова) now.

The door.

The door is modern but simple and fits into the facade.

This vertical implements three functions: the entrance, the living room and the balcony.

The staircase.

The staircase remains intact. And judging by carpet holders we can see that it was restored and not only one time.

Pay attention on staircase legs: they are in a Art Nouveau style. This pattern is a "classic" Art Nouveau.

The landing.

Go outdoor...

There is a big window with handsome frames on the first floor.

And it is a great example of an Art Nouveau window:

The landing is spacious and neat but not light. This narrow windows give little light. But Sakin was one of the first who used elictricity in 1907 year.

The trick.

It is an original door of 1900s!

And whole building has one style:

Wednesday, May 27, 2009 in . You can comment (we have one response).