About the Festival
Ruskeala Symphony Music Festival. Ruskeala Mountain Park (Sortavala region, Republic of Karelia, Russia). August 24-25, 2018
For the first time Ruskeala Symphony Music Festival was organized in 2017. The event was initiated by the Head of the Republic of Karelia Artur Parfenchikov and expanded the variety of regional tourism products. The first festival gathered over 2700 guests from the Republic of Karelia, Saint-Petersburg and other regions. Straightaway it was included into the list of TOP-15 regional events in Russia.
The guests were attracted not only by the offered festival program and all-star cast, but also by the opportunity to visit a unique nature and industry landmark, the Ruskeala Mountain Park. The park is famous for its manmade marble quarries that appeared at the location of marble development during 18th-20th century. The main open-air festival stage was situated in the pearl of the Ruskeala Mountain Park, in a so-called “Italian quarry”.
The Italian Opera Night program was prepared by the Karelian State Philharmonic and its Symphony Orchestra directed by the conductor Anatoly Rybalko. Among guest stars were baritone Nikolay Efremov from the Bolshoi Theatre, “Russian Golden Tenor” Evgeniy Uzhin, contratenor and Finalist of the Bluebird All-Russian open competition Timur Slanov, leading singers of the Musical theatre of the Republic of Karelia Anastasia Averina (soprano) and Vadim Mokin (bass).
Marble cliffs of the Ruskeala Mountain Park will again become natural decorations for the open-air Ruskeala Symphony Music Festival on August 24-25, 2018. The event becomes international and its program offers greater variety of activities with the participation of guest stars from three continents - Europe, Asia and South America.
During the festival period Ruskeala Mountain Park will also become one of the venues for the 6th All-Russian open exhibition of event tourism “Russian Open Event Expo”.
In 2018 Ruskeala Symphony Music Festival is organized as a part of a 3-year state plan to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Karelia in 2020. The Festival is supported by the Ministry of culture of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of Karelia. The general partner of the festival is TUI Russia (ООО «ТТ-Travel)».
Among its main organizers are the Ministry of culture of the Republic of Karelia, Karelian State Philharmonic and the Ruskeala Mountain Park (OOO Kolmas).
Ruskeala is a small community located 37 km from the Sortavalа town (Southern part of the Republic of Karelia, Russia). The best way to get to Ruskeala is via Sortavala, Petrozavodsk or Sankt-Petersburg. For those who travel from the EU it is possible to get to Ruskeala via Finland (Northern Karelia). Värtsilä-Niirala border crossing point is just 35 km away. During the festival period the Ruskeala Mountain Park will offer additional parking place for 800 cars.
To buy tickets to Ruskeala Symphony music festival on-line, please, visit Karelian State Philharmonic website. The sales are available on-line till August 22.
Ruskeala Symphony music festival Directorate