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Unity Day: A festival with around 350 workshops

Whether it is getting to know the secrets of making Siberian dumplings, creating ethnic accessories or playing folk musical instruments there is plenty of fun ahead at the festival.

From 3 to 5 November there will be the Unity Day festival in Moscow. People will get a chance to learn new facts about the culture and traditions of the Russian regions and the inhabitants of those places. The festival venues will work from noon to 7 pm.

People will be able to buy food and souvenirs the Russian regions are famous for as well as books on Russian history, indigenous peoples in Russia and their customs and cuisine. All this will be found on Novy Arbat Street, where the Bukinist book festival is still in full swing.

Festival-goers will also be able to sample popular Buryatian drinks and specialties (buuz or boovy, which is deep fried sweet dough and green tea with milk), Tatar kystyby (sort of pancake) , elesh pies, echpochmak pastries, Caucasian kebabs, stew and Kuban herrings , Bashkir pilaf, Ossetian tarts and Saratov fish soup with rasstegai open pasties.

Restaurant chalets and food workshops will teach people how to prepare traditional delicacies. The cooking school on Revolution Square will cook Astrakhan ukha (soup) with three kinds of fish, Siberian dumplings, Kazan multilayered pie and other interesting and rather unusual things. The Kitchen Pavilion on Tverskaya Square will be the place to go for pies cooked according to the favourite recipes of people living in various Russian regions.

Revolution Square will have an area where one can learn the basics of Gorodets and Khokhloma painting. Tverskaya Square will have workshops on embroidery and traditional accessories as well as a place to play folk musical instruments and join in a bit of jolly folk dancing.

The festival will have over 350 workshops.

Children will be able to take part in games and all kinds of forms of ancient entertainment on Manezhnaya and Tverskaya squares as well as at VDNKh.

Folk musical bands and dancing groups as well as popular Russian singers will create a festive atmosphere. They will give performances on all the three days.

It is the second time Unity Day festival is being held and it is as part of the Moscow Seasons series of city street events. Last year it was attended by about 1.5 million.

Venues:

— Manezhnaya Square

— crossing between Manezhnaya Square and Revolution Square

— Revolution Square

— Tverskaya Square

— VDNKh

— Land plot 24, bldg.1, Orekhovy Boulevard

— Land plot 11, Dmitriya Donskogo Boulevard

— Land plot 41, Profsoyuznaya Street

— Land plot 1, Gorodetskaya Street

— 13 Novy Arbat Street

— 15 Novy Arbat Street

— 19 Novy Arbat Street

— 21 Novy Arbat Street.

Unity Day: A festival with around 350 workshops