Antonov Apples, the International Apple and Book festival, will take place from September 13-14 in Kolomna (Moscow Region). The event organizers from the Kolomna pastila museum of fruit confectionaries have announced “horticultural traditions” and “apples in literature” as the two central themes of the festival, which is timed to coincide with the 2014 UK-Russia Year of Culture. Kolomna’s own apple pastila delicacy is featured as the official Year of Culture dessert.
This year’s festival motto takes inspiration from Fyodor Dostoevsky’s dictum: “In the Garden humanity will be renewed; by the Garden, it will be restored.” Dostoevsky’s “formula” for renewal will be realized in two symbolic events. The first will take place in Kolomna, where participants will plant the first seeds to restore an English garden at the very location for which it was designated in the Kolomna city plans of 1873.
The second event will occur outside Kolomna at Darovoe, the estate where young Dostoevsky spent summers enjoying fresh country air. In honor of efforts to restore the historical Dostoevsky family apple orchard, in which an astounding 650 fruit trees once grew, event participants will plant an English varietal apple tree seedling presented by the London House-Museum of Charles Dickens, Dostoevsky’s favorite author.
Additional festival attractions include apple-themed games, caroling, and readings. In partnership with Kolomna locals, volunteers and specialists from The Urban Orchard Project (UK) will host workshops on English horticulture.
Additionally, a group of participants of the international route “Apple Road,” comprising owners and gardeners of heritage fruit orchards of the UK, Russia, France, and Italy, plan to gather during the festival. The route extends from Kolomna to Drove Orchards in the British county of Norfolk.
Find out more on the website of Kolomna Pastila
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