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«Sholokhov Spring»

On May 24 - 26, 2019, you are welcome to  "Sholokhov Spring" holiday !

Annually in Stanitsa Vyoshenskaya a holiday of “Sholokhov Spring”, an all-Russia literary and folklore holiday devoted to the birthday of M.A. Sholokhov, takes place.

All the admirers of the great writer’s work, who are interested in the Don Cossack life, culture and traditions, who love the genuine folk art, arrive here. Sholokhov spring is visited by more than 100 thousand people from all over the world. Well-known writers, actors, public figures are among the guests. In 2005, at the 100th anniversary of M.A. Sholokhov Stanitsa Vyoshenskaya was visited by President of Russia Vladimir Putin.

The guests of the festival become not only viewers, but also participants of the concerts, performances, song and dance contests, sport competitions.

“Sholokhov Spring” has its traditions. On Friday noon a children’s holiday “Vyoshenskiye Vesnushki” begins in the stanitsa’s square. In the library meetings with writers and poets are held, in the evening in the Place of Culture a gala-concert of masters of arts  and amateur groups takes place. The best folk groups from different parts of the world act on the Vyoshenskaya stage. The performers from Ukrain, Moldavia, Kazakhstan, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Italy, France, Austria come to meet here.

Saturday begins with theatrical reveille: a procession of folk groups wearing national outfits flow along the streets singing and dancing, with merry jokes and witty sayings. On the square of Stanitsa Vyoshenskaya a busy gay fair is set out, where articles of arts and crafts are presented, and in the model Cossack houses (“kurens”) Cossack men and women offer their guests to try various Don treats and to sing and dance. On the three stages of the stanitsa the performances take place and at the stadium sport competitions are held. The climax of the holiday is a grand gala-concert on the main stage on the Don and a stunningly beautiful fairwork.

On Sunday big races take place, which are joined by horsemen-sporters of Russia and near foreign countries. Cossacks compete in fancy-riding and slashing rods.

In memory about “Sholokhov Spring” the guests take with them bright impressions about the holiday as well as various souvenirs and keepsakes of arts and crafts.