The Northern art-festival "Taibola" is an international youth eco-cultural festival taking place in July in the Russian taiga in Arkhangelsk province. It is an outdoors arts event, held in nature.
The main goal of the festival is to involve the audience in the process of creation. In addition to the performances of the artists, you will have the opportunity to build art objects with your own hands and attend many master classes.
In the summer of 2014, Taibola entered the international level. We played musicians from Sweden, Norway and the Republic of Belarus, a team of Scandinavian artists erected its object in the competition of art objects “New Shores”. The festival traditionally operates 15-20 sites. More than 30 groups from Arkhangelsk, Severodvinsk, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Syktyvkar, Minsk, Petrozavodsk, Omsk and other cities perform on two stages. The musical spectrum ranges from folk and indie acoustics to electronics, pop rock and progressive rock. We collect folk craftsmen with “heavy” props: weaving, blacksmithing, pottery, and just dozens of workshops, including active ones (dance, gymnastics, martial arts, etc.) usually take place at the festival. Under the auspices of the festival, annual prize competitions of art objects and graphic design are held.
In 2017, Taibola Festival has developed a collaboration with Norway. The teams of Russian and Norwegian artists and designers will cooperate to create new architectural, land-art and other forms to strengthen the cultural programme/collaboration. At the same time, art-managers are going to exchange experiences working on on-going festival organisation – the Norwegians will face the Russian reality, and the Russians will contribute to Norwegian way of festival organisation.