Yasnaya Polyana
International Tolstoy Family Reunion

img1July 28 - August 2, 2014
Yasnaya Polyana Estate-Museum 

During the Reunion, 48 direct descendants of Leo Tolstoy from Russia, France, Germany, the Czech Republic, Sweden and the USA are gathering at the Tolstoy ancestral estate. This meeting is not only of great importance for maintaining ties within the large family, but also is a good example of the significance and value of family traditions in general. The participants of the Reunion will be offered a rich cultural program, focusing on the family theme. This year’s Reunion marks notable birth anniversaries of Sophia Tolstaya and of two daughters and two sons of the writer. Shortly before the arrival of the Tolstoys at Yasnaya Polyana, the museum’s exhibition “Joy of Childhood” will open, devoted to Leo and Sophia Tolstoy’s children, and during the Reunion the participants will also see an exhibition telling about Leo Tolstoy’s mother Maria Tolstaya (née Volkonskaya). 

“The Joy of Childhood” Exhibition


July 26, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. in the Volkonsky House there will be the opening of an exhibition, “The Joy of Childhood,” dedicated to the children of Leo Tolstoy and his wife Sofia Tolstaya. Details about the exhibition are here >>>

Annual Conference of the ICOM International Committee of Literary Museums (ICLM) “Writer, Composer, Museum and Environment”

Naberezhnaya5On July 25 – 31, 2014
a conference of the International Committee of Literary Museums (ICLM) of ICOM, “Writer, Composer, Museum and Environment,” will take place in Irkutsk. President of ICLM is our colleague, Head of the Academic Research Department of our museum, Galina Alexeeva. You can read the program of the conference here >>>

Workshops for Children from Southeast Ukraine


July 16, 2014 in the Cultural Center of the Museum (in Tula) there was a workshop on painting “shar-papier” toys for refugee children from Donetsk and Lugansk regions in Ukraine. Thirty children took part. Until September 1, free workshops for children from Southeastern Ukraine will be held each Wednesday and Friday. All the photographs may be seen here >>>

Summer Meetings of the "Ant Brotherhood"


From June 30 to July 12, 2014 the annual meetings of the inter-regional children’s movement “The Ant Brotherhood” took place at Yasnaya Polyana, which has now supported them for 16 years. Members of the group came to Yasnaya Polyana from regional branches in Tula and its region, and from the Republic of Tatarstan, Voronezh, Ryazan, Astrakhan, Ufa, and Ekaterinburg. You may read more about it here >>> and see the photographs here >>>

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