In 2010 a project called Bard Music & Fishing Festival kicked off on the shore of the Chigirinskoye Water Reservoir in Bykhov District, Mogilev Oblast. It took the project just a few years to turn into an international event, the one of the kind in the CIS, or maybe in the entire world.
The Bard Music & Fishing Festival spans several days and is held in the open air. What makes it so special is that it integrates music, sport, ecotourism, and outdoor recreation. Over the first three years alone the attendance made up over 5,000 people. Participants came from Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, Latvia, Estonia, Germany, Italy and other states.
The program of the festival usually features:
Every year organizers of the festival come up with new projects and events.
For example, in 2013 the festival participants cooked the world’s largest fish broth - about 3,200 liters. This achievement has been recorded in the Guinness Book of records.
In 2013, the Bard Music & Fishing festival debuted such projects as Youth Bard Song Academy, Not Only Jazz, Women’s Fishing with a culinary contest and fashion show, and a beach volleyball tournament.
The Russian sauna day "Lazienki 2013" was held within the framework of the traditional Health Fair for the first time. Best specialists of Belarus, Russia and Ukraine gave master class in venik massage, banya construction technology, technology of making veniks, and various types of massages, aromatherapy and phytotherapy, SPA-technologies, etc.
By tradition, new names are added to the bard-trail every year. Names are written on the boulders with symbolic feet prints and initial letters of the names of the famous people who have made great contributions to the development of bard song and the festival itself. Among them are Galina and Boris Vaikhanskys (Minsk), Boris Burda (Odessa), Victor Bayrak (Voronezh) and others.
You can send an application to the organizing committee or apply online on the official website of the Bard Music & Fishing Festival.
For accommodation it is possible to stay in a campsite on the shore of the Chigirinskoye water reservoir, and also to rent a room in local recreation centers and agro-tourism farmsteads in the village of Grudichino, Bykhov District. There will be also a special camp for caravaneers.
Retail outlets operate round-the-clock. For children, there is a playground with a special entertainment program.
Venue of the Bard Music & Fishing Festival: the village of Grudichino, Bykhov District, Mogilev Oblast, and also the agro-tourism farmsteads "Sandy Beach" and "In the Meadows". You can get there by car from Mogilev, Bobruisk, and Bykhov.
The international Bard Music and Fishing Festival will gather friends on 29-31 July. For the first time a youth art tent camp will be arranged as part of the forum as well as the intellectual quiz What? Where? When? directed by the well-known Ukrainian TV presenter, cook and bard Boris Burda. The famous German musician and social activist Tino Eisbrenner will act as a guest of honor and will perform in the gala concert Another Format. An Alternative to Popular Songs. Professional musicians and singer-songwriters from nine countries will take part in the gala concert. The guests include the bard duo Sergei Nikitin and Tatiana Nikitina (Russia), musician, writer and director Jiri Vondrak (Czechia), a laureate of the Grushinsky Festival and the Petersburg Chord Pavel Fakhrtdinov (Russia)…
This is one of the most picturesque places in Mogilev Oblast and Belarus. The water reservoir on the border of Bykhov and Kirov districts was established on the Drut River in 1960.
Reservoir area: 21.1km², maximum depth - 8.1m, coastline length – 55km.
There is a Chigirinskoye hydroelectric power station. But the water reservoir has won popularity as a great place for outdoor recreation and good fishing. The reservoir has bream, pike, roach, perch, tench, gudgeon, carp, and catfish.
On the shores of the reservoir there are recreation facilities and agro-tourism farmsteads, where guests are offered fishing, hunting, horseback riding, camping, etc.
There are unique monuments of nature around the Chigirinskoye water reservoir: