MOSCOW – History has been brought to life at a reconstruction festival in Moscow which has transformed the bustling Russian capital with ancient stories from 15 countries and 27 time periods.
The event “Times and epochs” is seeking to slow down the hectic pace of modern life in the city, head coordinator Vasili Tarzhikov said on Tuesday.
“We are driven by the desire to transform the city, we see our task in trying to unite the modern megalopolis, the flow of its turbulent life, with history,” he told EFE.
The event has brought together some 2,000 fans of historical reconstruction from 15 countries and sees 27 historical periods recreated with costumes and objects from different times in Moscow’s central Boulevard Ring.
“We believe that history can be inserted in the architecture of the modern city, in the life of the modern city,” Tarzhikov said.
Russian reconstructors have joined colleagues from Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Belarus, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Turkey, Israel and Australia to journey into the depths of history without a time machine.
Organizers said that “history is not dusty files or books, we want to show that this is interesting, that it can be done in a contemporary way, with new ways of telling the story.”
One of the unique aspects of the festival is the urban space in which it was held, usually historical reconstruction events take place outside cities which limits access for the public.
“Times and epochs” has taken over the center of Moscow which makes it more open to the public, according to Tarzhikov, and is unique in Europe due to its scale and diversity.
“Passers-by, when they reach our space, move from one historical period to another, and thus can practically see the whole history of humanity,” he added.
Visitors at the event can dress like a soldier of the Russian-Turkish war, a hussar, an Indian, a Teutonic knight and can also take part in workshops with typical crafts from different historical periods.
During the summer the Russian capital hosts a series of cultural festivals grouped in the so-called “Moscow seasons,” which in 2018 attracted an audience of 65 million people.