Currently open through until July 20th is a celebration of pre-Christian Russia entitled Slavic Rebirth, the opening of which was intentional timed to coincide with the summer solstice. I was alerted to the event by ViktorSavior, who will also be presenting his art at the event, combined with the poetry of AlenaPit.
Occupying floating islands bearing builds by Arin Bellios that float high above Isles of Devotion, the Full region held by Djembe Dragonfire and Jay Abernathy, who have donated the space to the event free of charge, Slavic Rebirth is a multi-faceted event featuring art, music, workshops, a fashion show, and a market. The organisers describe the event thus:
This is the world BEFORE the arrival of Christianity in the Russian lands. This is paganism in its best manifestation, unity with nature and native gods. This is the strength of the spirit, purity of thoughts, the beauty of the body, the awareness of walking the right path. This is a world of fairy tales and epics. This is our ancient memory that you need to wake up and open your eyes.
There are a number of landing points associated with the event, but I’m focusing on the art gallery area here, as this is what particularly drew me to the event.
Occupying a large central island that is linked to, and within eyesight of, two small event spaces, the gallery is open-air, but has a strong element of what might be regarded as classic Russian architecture which, despite the pre-Christian focus of the event, perhaps carried echoes of a church-like structure.
The art is displayed within the open arches of the tiered walls and is actually deceptive: what at first glance appears to be the works of a single artist is in fact three (or four, once Viktor’s art is added!) individual switchable displays of art: a board close to the landing point allows visitors to select which of the artists’ work is on display. Allowing for the addition of Viktor’s art, the three artists currently on display are:
- Roman Papsuev (aka Amok): a contemporary Russian artist who may be known to some for his work depicting scenes and individuals from George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire books (note not the TV series Games of Thrones, so don’t expect images of Kit Harrington or Emily Clarke, etc). The pieces presented in Slavic Rebirth are from his collection Tales of Old Rus’, featuring line drawings presented in monochrome.
- Vsevolod Borisovich Ivanov: another contemporary Russian artist inspired by the traditions and history of Russia – particularly that of medieval Russia, and pagan mythologies of old Russia. His paintings are rich in colour and content, covering a wide range of subjects: heroes, gods, creatures, architecture and the harsh beauty of old Russia.
- Viktor Anatolyevich Korol’kov: a classically trained artist whose work has encompassed the history and myths of Europe (Germany, Scandinavia, Italy, Greece), Egypt, the books of the Bible and more. All of this led him to a fascination with Slavic history, art and mythology – which led him to the main thrust of his art, as seen in Slavic Rebirth, a celebration of that old history, presented here under the title Enchanted by Old Rus’.
When switching between the artists via the control board, the art on display on the two sides of the gallery will change in unison, as will the exhibition title board on display (each of which offers a profile of each of the artists. How well this might would with multiple people viewing the art might require some coordination to prevent conflicting changes, but the approach is interesting. Note, as well, that touching individual pieces of art will deliver a note card to you, offering information on the art itself.
Throughout the month of the event there will be a number of musical performances taking place at the Slavic Heaven floating island to the south of the art gallery (use the touch-to-teleport portal at that end of the gallery to reach it). These include: Italian SL singer Malesh, who will be appearing at 13:00 SLT on both Tuesday, June 25th and DJ Dalilu who will be appearing at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, June 26th.
Also to be found via the teleport arch at the north end of the art gallery (and closest to the landing point) is the Slavic market built around an ancient temple of Goddess Lada.
The final part of the event spaces for Slavic Rebirth is the Seasons Island. Offering ” all seasons of Russian nature”, this is the focus of a photo exhibition that forms part of the event – details from the event information boards – and for the Slavic Rebirth Fashion Show and Contest that will be taking place on Friday, June 28th at 12:00 noon. The theme for this is Slavic history and fairy-tales, and members of the public can participate; again, details are available at the event spaces, and there are two workshops / rehearsals for those interested in joining in: Sunday June 23rd at 10:00 (so very short notice here!) and Monday, June 24th, at 11:00 SLT.
Further activities taking place at Slavic Rebirth will, I believe, be posted through the event spaces. In the meantime, here’s the full set of SLurl for this event.
Isles of Devotion is rated Adult