Beginning from 1999 an annual folk festival of traditional boats has been held on Kizhi Island. The Kizhi regatta is aimed at preservation of shipbuilding traditions.
04 Aug 2017 – 06 Aug 2017
The race starts at a gunshot, and the flag of regatta rises. The boats start up near the world-known Architectural Ensemble of Kizhi Pogost. Traditional boats: ‘kizhanka’ boats, soima’s, dug-outs, karbasses and others open the competition and modern boats start up after them. After the racing at finishing point visitors delight in an unmatched presentation of old-time crafts, music and competitions. Hundreds of tourists take part in this outdoor festival.
The program includes different activities for the whole day: traditional and modern boat racings, bell ringing, boat parade, performances of folklore groups, demonstration of traditional handicrafts, fun activities, outdoor games, competitions, prizes, tea drinking with traditional karelian pies and souvenirs.