Medieval university and Napoleon’s army camp at historical reenactment festival
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Medieval university and Napoleon’s army camp at historical reenactment festival

The annual Times & Epochs Historical Reenactment Festival will be held between 10 and 22 August on Moscow’s Tverskaya Square, Nikitsky, Strastnoi and Tverskoi boulevards, Kamergersky Pereulok and Profsoyuznaya Street.

The eighth Times & Epochs Historical Reenactment Festival, one of the most interesting events of the Moscow Seasons cycle, will be held in Moscow between 10 and 22 August. Russian and European historical reenactment clubs will present their programmes, which vary from the Stone Age to the late 20th century, on 30 sites around the city. The public will be able to see cosplays, attend lectures, visit historical exhibitions as well as become medieval university students.

The free admission festival sites will be open daily from 11 am to 9 pm.

The site on Nikitsky Boulevard will present a series of performances about everyday life of the early 20th century based on the stories and plays of famous Russian writer Anton Chekhov. The performers will be dressed in period costumes.

The atmosphere of the 1812 Patriotic War will be reenacted on Tverskoi Boulevard with tents of the armies of Napoleon and Alexander I guarded by men and officers in early 19th century uniforms. Visitors will get a chance to take a look at the armies’ field kitchens plus visit a field smithy.

Lectures on the operations of the famous Moscow Criminal Investigations Department (MUR) between 1945 and 1953, a period when Moscow was plagued by numerous criminal gangs, including those made up of teenagers, will be held on Strastnoi Boulevard. Visitors will learn about the methods and tricks used to apprehend the criminals.

Those who opt to become medieval “students” will attend a university on Kamergersky Pereulok and will learn about alchemy, the design of medieval machines and discoveries made by Leonardo Da Vinci.

The site on Profsoyuznaya Street will be devoted to Moscow railway stations. The public will learn about the life of railway workers in the period from the mid-19th and to the 20th centuries, including ticket collectors, engine drivers and telegraph operators.

Visitors to the festival site on Tverskaya Square will be able to become the hipsters of the Khrushchev Thaw from the mid-1950s to the early 1960s. They will get an opportunity to listen to verses that were popular in the 1960s in the daytime and jazz at night. There will be dance parties and interactive shows, as well as the exhibitions of period playbills, posters, photographs and magazine covers in special pavilions.

The festival agenda also includes the finals stage of the international projects of historical reenactment projects, the most interesting of which will be presented on Revolution (Revolyutsii) Square. The nine winners will receive 1 million roubles each for their future projects.

In 2017, the Times & Epochs Historical Reenactment Festival was held between 1 and 12 June and was attended by some 5 million people. Twelve historical eras were reenacted on 12 cites, from the Ancient World to the 20th century. Reenactment sites included a Greek town, a Celtic village, a Roman camp as well as the camps of the Russian Imperial Army.