Tomsk Governor Sergey Zhvachkin Invites Europeans to Okolitsa Park
25 октября, 11:22
Governor of Tomsk region Sergey Zhvachkin gave a tour around the rural park Okolitsa to the EU Ambassador in Russia as well as to the heads of the EU diplomatic missions in Russia. For 11 years the park, situated 17 km away from Tomsk in the village of Zorkaltsevo, has been hosting International Festival of Folk Crafts “The Festival of Ax” that has already become an international event.
Head of the region and European diplomats walked through Okolitsa together with hundreds of Tomsk citizens who enjoyed warm weather, 20 degrees, and got to spend a weekend in one the favorite leisure spots of Tomsk citizens and guests.
Tomsk Governor Sergey Zhvachkin told European diplomats that for 11 years Okolitsa has been the venue for the festival of Siberian crafts “The Festival of the Ax” which is well known far beyond Russia. To recap, in August competitions among carpenters, woodmen, wood- and birch bark-carvers, blacksmiths, potters and stove setters from 35 countries of the world and 34 Russian regions took place there.
European diplomats were stunned by the high artistic level of wooden sculptures exhibited here, in the rural park. Some of them wanted to buy their copies.
“Rural park Okolitsa is full of people today but during the Festival of the Ax there hasn’t been enough room to swing a cat, - said the Governor of the Tomsk region Sergey Zhvachkin to the diplomats . – I am glad that Europeans, too, master traditional Siberian crafts. This year the festival park witnessed great performance of the craftsmen from Germany, Denmark, Ireland, Spain, Lithuania, Poland, Finland, France and Estonia. Tomsk people duly appreciated their work”.
He has invited Europeans to the Festival of the Ax-2019 emphasizing that it is not only diplomats and their families that he awaits but common European citizens, too.