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The Crimean Travel Portal has prepared ten of the most vivid and anticipated Crimean events in September, which cannot be missed. Despite the fact that this year the pandemic has made its own adjustments to the 'event calendar' of the peninsula, the most significant Crimean festivals will take place by all means. And all of them, according to the organizers, will be held in compliance with the necessary security measures approved by Rospotrebnadzor (Russian Consumer Protection Authority).

Road to Yalta Festival

When:  September 1 at 08:00 p.m.

Where:  Yalta promenade

This year, the international music festival is dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the Great Victory. Its peculiarity is that singers from 15 countries of the world will perform popular Soviet songs of war time in their native languages, and in a duet with the stars of the national stage. All the contestants performed brilliantly in the semifinals of the festival in May, and now they will compete for the main prize.

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Among the Russian singers who will sing in a duet with foreign vocalists are Ekaterina Guseva, Marina Devyatova, Igor Kornilov, Yaroslav Sumishevsky, Yuta and others.

The talented youth will be examined by, in particular, the Serbian filmmaker Emir Kusturica, the songwriters Denis Maidanov and Kai Metov. The chairman of the jury will be People’s Artist of the RSFSR Lev Leshchenko

Sunny Island Festival  

When:  September 1-6

Where:  Eupatoria, Yalta, Simferopol

During all days of the festival of cinema for children and families there will be films, creative meetings with famous figures of culture and arts, master classes in animation and acting, literary lounges. Open-air cinemas will be available.

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The opening ceremony of the Sunny Island − with the participation of the president of the festival, People’s Artist of the Russian Federation Dmitry Kharatyan − is scheduled for September 1 at 07:00 p.m. at Teatralnaya Square in Eupatoria. Then, right there at 09:00 p.m., the program of feature films contest will start.  You can find the program and schedule of films showings on the event website.

Tavrida-ART Festival  

When:  September 2-6

Where:  Sudak, Kapsel Bay

2,000 young workers of culture and arts − residents of the Tavrida art cluster and representatives of creative communities will take part in the festival. They will take part in the filming of the Tavrida Inspires show-concert and in a large-scale art performances, among which there will be the ‘We Are Together’ art procession with lights.

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There will also be an exhibition of modern art and a show from the ArtMasters national championship in the field of creative competencies, trainings in acting and sports training, a competition for grants and parade of small boats with the participation of the Khersones three-mast frigate.

But before planning a trip to this festival, read the rules for the visitors.

7th Crimean military historical festival

When:  September 4-6

Where: Sevastopol, Fedyukhin Heights

This year the event time is matched with the opening of the Fedyukhiny Vysoty Live History Park and will traditionally bring together history buffs and reenactors from different regions of Russia.

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10 thematic sites related to 8 historical eras will be organized there. They will be: "Ancient Rome" (legionnaires, gladiators and artisans), "Antique Tavrika" (life and crafts of the Scythians and Sarmatians), "Medieval Russia" (ancient Russian traditions, crafts and martial skills), "Loko Chimbali" (the city of Genoese craftsmen), "Camp of the mercenaries" (medieval knights).

Also, there will be locations "Crimean (Eastern) War", "Great Patriotic War", "Cold War" and "War in Afghanistan". Young guests will be offered to visit a medieval university and go through an archaeological quest.

Golden Knight Festival

When:  September 6-15

Where:  Sevastopol

The 29th International Film Forum will be dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the Great Victory and will present more than 200 competitive and non-competitive feature, documentary, animation, student, debut and children's films from 21 countries of the world.

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Concerts and meetings with popular theater and film actors are scheduled. At the same time, on September 14, within the framework of the film forum, the opening of the 11th Slavic Forum of Fine Arts will take place. A detailed program can be found here.

High Diving World Cup

When: September 12 at 02:00 p.m.

Where: Yalta, promenade

The World Cup in diving from extreme heights will be held in Crimea for the fourth time. The most outstanding sportsmen and judges from Russia, Belarus, Great Britain, Spain, Colombia, Luxembourg, Mexico, Romania, USA, Ukraine and France plan to take part in the competition.

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The high divers will jump from the world's first modular tower 27 meters high, which was designed and installed by the Crimean team.

Russian Troy Festival

When: September 12-13

Where: Sevastopol, Malakhov Kurgan

The festival will reconstruct episodes of the Crimean War of 1853-1856. The camps of the Russian army and their adversary troops will be deployed there.

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There will also be various interactive platforms where many can try themselves in the roles of an artilleryman or archaeologist, master military bowling, learn to write with an old-style pen, visit the maritime school, play the Battle of Sinop game.

Balloon Festival

When: September 18-20

Where: Byelogorsk, White Rock

Guests of the event will be able not only to admire the balloons (about 15 of them are planned to participate) and appreciate the skill of the pilots, but also to go up into the sky themselves.  Flights will take place early in the morning from 06:00 to 09:00 a.m., but if the weather permits, the organizers say, evening flights will also be possible.

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Night glow of balloons, laser projection on the White Rock, fireworks, contests and sweepstakes are also on the program.

At the same time, guests will be able to enjoy excursions on the rock, horseback riding, jeeping and much more.  Flights should be booked in advance, all necessary information can be found on the event website here.

Shield of Kafa Festival

When: September 19-20

Where: Koktebel

This is the tournament-festival in which more than 50 representatives of military-historical clubs from different regions of the Russian Federation will take part.They will reconstruct the era of the 13-15th centuries. The program includes fights of knights in historical fencing in light, middle and heavy weight, women’s fights, buhurts (battles of knight groups), contests of historical costumes and armor.

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Master classes, concerts of musical groups and other musicians, the work of craft, leather and souvenir shops are also planned.  And for young guests − a children’s playground.

7th Sevastopol Officer Ball  

When: September 27

Where: Sevastopol, Mikhailovskaya coastal battery square

This year the event will be under the sign of two anniversaries − the 75th anniversary of the Great Victory and the 180th anniversary of the birth of the Russian composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky, whose music will be the leitmotif of the music part of the event, performed by the Crimean State Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra.  Every year the organizers prepare new arrangements and new dance steps, as well as many surprises.  Traditionally, the event will host the world’s only Military Ballroom Parade − a solemn ceremony in the style of ballroom dancing − welcoming the military and civil society.

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According to the organizers, this is the only ball in which representatives of all the fleets of the country's Navy — the Black Sea, Pacific, Baltic, Northern Fleets, as well as the Caspian flotilla, will take part. You can read about the conditions of participation in the event on the project website.