Land of the Leopard: Crossroads of Cultures festival to take place in the national park in August© Alina Starostina
27 June 2018

Land of the Leopard: Crossroads of Cultures festival to take place in the national park in August

The first Land of the Leopard: Crossroads of Cultures creative festival will take place in the village of Barabash, Khasan District of the Primorye Territory on 18-19 August. Guests will be treated to a music concert, fairs and exhibitions, as well as creative and culinary workshops. Entrance is free.

The festival has received official support from the Primorye Territory administration, and this will allow Land of the Leopard to invite tourists from China, South Korea and Japan.

"We will focus on promoting the Land of the Leopard: Crossroads of Cultures festival. To attract tourists from other countries, a detailed programme of the festival will be sent to companies that develop inbound tourism and to our foreign partners," said Director of the Primorye Territory Department of Tourism Konstantin Shestakov.

Experts at Land of the Leopard note that joint efforts will help the festival fulfil its mission: to acquaint the residents and tourists in Primorye with the unique natural, historical and cultural potential of the Khasan District.

"Even more people will learn about Far Eastern leopard protection, and about the people who devoted their lives to nature. Since ancient times, this area was inhabited by numerous ethnic groups. In the early 20th century, new settlers, such as Russians, Ukrainians, Tatars and Bashkirs, brought more multicultural diversity to the region. The Khassan District's rich variety of flora and fauna is unmatched in the entire Far East," said Yulia Burkova, leading expert at Land of the Leopard's environmental education department.

During the festival in Barabash, several themed venues will be open: an open-air stage, the Khasan Workshop exhibition and a fair with souvenirs made by local craftsmen and workshops, and the Local Cuisine site where guests will be offered traditional dishes of the local peoples and delicacies of the Far East. In addition, the Gifts of the Barabash Forest food fair will run during the festival.

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