Festival period: November 26 – December 6, 2020
Venue: Historical park “Russia – my history”, Basseynaya Str. 32
Organized by the Miklouho-Maclay Foundation for the Preservation of Ethnocultural Heritage

November 26 – December 6, 2020, in the course of development of bilateral relations between Russia and the Independent state of Papua New Guinea (PNG), the “Days of Papua New Guinea in Saint-Petersburg” festival takes place in the cultural capital of Russia.

This kind of event takes place in our city for the first time and it is especially relevant on the eve of celebration in 2021 of the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Russian Federation and PNG and the upcoming 175th anniversary of N.N. Miklouho-Maclay’s birth, due to whose expeditions we remember the Maclay Coast of the distant New Guinea Island.

Progressive ideological legacy of the Russian scientist N.N. Miklouho-Maclay on the equality of races and peoples is of particular importance,” – N.N. Miklouho-Maclay Jr.

As a part of cultural program of the festival, a unique exhibition “Maclay Coast” will be opened to the residents and guiests of Saint-Petersburg. The exhibition includes thirty items of material culture of New Guinea (bow, arrows, drum, etc.) of high historical and cultural value; photos and copies of drawings showing the history of relations that began with the expeditions of N.N. Miklouho-Maclay in 1871; N.N. Miklouho-Maclay’s expedition costume of the XIX century (replica); “Maclay Coast” small scale prototype, constructed in accordance with the archive materials, which dempnstrate the first historical meet of the Russian scientist and the indigenous inhabitants of the New Guinea Island.

The exhibition is accompanied by the music of the indigenous people of the Maclay Coast, and one can get answers to the questions during the excursions. The festival will not leave anyone indifferent. The exhibition will be interesting for both schoolchildren and the older generation, and will remind of the contribution of Russian researchers to the study of the world and the South Sea region.

As a part of cultural program, the documentary “Maclay Returns” is presented for the first time, and will be shown throughout the festival. From the documentary based on the unique materials of Russian expeditions to Papua New Guinea, one could learn about adventures the expedition of a descendant of the great scientist and traveler experienced 150 years after the first expedition of N.N. Miklouho-Maclay.

“Days of Papua New Guinea in Saint-Petersburg” festival opening. Photo report.

“Maclay Coast” photo exhibition. To turn pages, click the arrow sign.

“Maclay Coast” photo exhibition. To turn pages, click the arrow sign.

The festival is supported by the Committee for External Relations of Saint-Petersburg and the historical park “Russia – my history”.

Official informational support in social networks: VKontakte https://vk.com/maclayfoundation

Media support by “Interfax” International Information Group

For more information: ph. +7-911-908-89-44, email: info@mikluho-maclay.ru

Call for group excursions: +7 (812) 617-00-90