Xl Russian Hansa Days will be held in the Russian city of Veliky Ustyug (Vologda Region) on July 8-10, 2022.
Over centuries, Vologda Region was a link between medieval Europe and Old Russia, a unique ‘door’ to Europe and a centre of international integration and trade. Traditions of medieval Hansa that is considered to be an original model for the modern single European market, resulted in the Hanseatic League of the Modern Age. It was established in 1980 and now includes about 200 cities and towns from European and Russian states.
It is expected that representatives of Russian cities and towns - members of the Union of Russian Hanseatic cities will get together in Veliky Ustyug to share their traditions with each other and discuss possible cooperation in economy and culture.
The program of Hanseatic Days will include official meetings of representatives of Hansa member cities and towns, craftspeople and musicians. Medieval atmosphere of the festival will be created in the streets of the city to show the diversity of traditions, culture and history.
Xl Russian Hansa Days were to be held in Veliky Ustyug on June 23-25, 2021. But the organizers decided to postpone the event because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Vologda Region Government prepared a number of meaningful steps to prevent this new virus from spreading on the territory of the region. The region banned all indoor gatherings, all interregional and international events, cultural performances and sports championships.