The State Memorial and Natural Preserve "Museum-estate of Leo Tolstoy "Yasnaya Polyana"
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The 16th International Nettle Festival


On June 2, 2018 the International Nettle Festival will take place in the village of Krapivna for the 16th time. Every year, at the time when the stinging plant that gave the former town of Krapivna its name is at its peak (krapiva means nettle in Russian), we invite guests to a nettle festival.

According to an old belief, one has to get stung by nettle at this very time in order to be healthy, wealthy, loved and lucky throughout the year. It would be hard to find a more suitable place for that than the one whose coat of arms shows „six nettle branches arranged as a star, in keeping with this town‘s name.“

Whitsunday Celebration at Yasnaya Polyana

trinity1May 27, 2018 at 12:00
Yasnaya Polyana Estate

The Whitsunday celebration will begin near the Coachman‘s House. Students of children‘s music schools of the town of Shchekino – Egor Chernykh, Valeria Polynnikova and the Tausen folklore group, – the Ladushki children’s folk ensemble, and the Uslada folk ensemble (Tula) will perform for the guests of the festival. Everybody will have a chance to participate in the traditional Whitsunday ceremony, make a wreath, tie a ribbon to a birch branch, and taste a Whitsun cake.

Golden Mask in Cinema: Screening of the Play „Drums in the Night“

Barabany_May 26, 2018 at 15:00
Yasnaya Polyana Cultural Center 

As part of the Golden Mask in Cinema program, there will be a screening of the filmed version of the play Drums in the Night (based on Bertolt Brecht’s play) staged by Yuri Butusov at the A.S. Pushkin Theater in Moscow.

Admission by tickets. Cost of a ticket – 450 rubles (without commission). Tickets can be purchased at or

Concerts by Art Studios of Yasnaya Polyana


During the last weeks of May, we are happy to invite you to concerts by art studios of the Yasnaya Polyana Museum. On May 20, 26, and 27, 2018 the studios‘ students of all age groups will perform at the Yasnaya Polyana Cultural Center: our vocalists, actors and dancers will demonstrate what they learned attending the studios.

British Literature Today seminar

tolstoy_houseThe Leo Tolstoy Estate Museum at Yasnaya Polyana is inviting applications for the third annual British Literature Today seminar, which will take place from 26 to 28 July 2018 at Yasnaya Polyana near Tula.

Based on the annual British Literature Today seminar which has been running in Germany since 1986, this 3-day event will bring together writers, academics, literary critics, translators, journalists and all who are interested in contemporary British literature and its international context.

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