History of the region based on the materials of archeological excavations is being opened on the lowest floor of the Church of the Presentation of the Virgin in the Temple with the refectory. It is the first full exhibition representing archaeology of the Belozersk district in the Vologda Region. Materials of the monastery archeology are displayed for the first time in our region. More than 4000 archeological objects dating back to different chronological periods are represented there: from the Mesolithic period (9000 B.C.) till the late Middle Ages.
At the end of the 20th early 21st century considerable restoration work has been carried out in the Kirillo-Belozersky museum-reserve. Museumfication of the monuments is being realized at the same time. One of the most interesting architectural buildings of the Kirillo-Belozersky monastery is the Monks cells. In the process of its restoration architects and restorers managed to discover complicated structure of this dwelling house of the 17th-19th centuries.
Exhibitions dedicated to the folk applied art and handicrafts of the Belozersk district are placed in the spacious vaulted chambers of the monastery cook-house of the 16th century. An important place is occupied by wood-carving, ceramics, peasant embroidery, weaving, lace-making and a folk female costume of the 19th-early 20th centuries.



The events destined for general audience took place in the Kirillo-Belozersky Museum-Reserve. The honey fair was opened with a ceremony of consecration of gifts in the New Town on Friday, August 14. Customers could buy bee-keeping produce in multi-coloured stalls located along the monastery wall.

The documentary “For the Sake of Honour, For the Sake of Glory” about the natives of the Vologda region – participants of the Great Patriotic War and heirs of the victory was presented in the conference hall several hours later. This event opened the program of the Art Festival The Property of Republic. Before the screening, producer Marina Barysheva told spectators about the cycle Vologda’s Character. The presented film was a part of it.

The book of film director Yuri Polovnikov titled Let Me Hug the Time was presented in the conference hall of the museum in the evening. He was born in Sokol of the Vologda region. The book was published in 2014 on the occasion of the authors anniversary he would be 60 that year. This work contains very interesting material diary notes, essays and short stories of Yuri Polovnikov. Tatiana Kanunova, film expert from Vologda, told the museum guests about his life and career. The audience could also see photos and fragments of some films of Yuri Polovnikov during the event.

The honey fair was also open on Saturday, August 15. Not only bee-keeping produce, but also earthenware and various souvenirs were sold there. The concert program The Soul of Belozersk Region began on the stage of the New Town at noon. Creative groups and solo singers from Cherepovets, Kirillov and Belozersk participated in it. In spite of bad weather that caused a lot of inconveniences, spectators liked the event.

At the end of the Art Festival The Property of Republic, residents and guests of Kirillov met with Peoples Artist of Russia Boris Plotnikov. The famous actor presented the program Hello, Russia, My Motherland about the creative work of Nikolay Rubtsov. Boris Plotnikov was reading the verses of the outstanding poet of Vologda during an hour and a half. Besides, he sang some songs to the accompaniment of guitarist Vladimir Markushevich (he played the seven-string guitar). The audience was charmed with everything that was taking place on the stage: they welcomed each poem and melody, greeted the creative duet with cheers and asked them to perform an encore.