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June 28-30, 2013

Following the Amber Road

The fourth regional outdoor festival – Burshtynovyi Shliakh (Amber Road) will take place in late June in Volodymyrets and Khynochi, Rivne oblast. The guests of the ethno tour festival will learn about amber mining and enjoy the picturesque scenery of Polissia, a historical region in western Ukraine. The visitors will also participate in various tourism and sporting events, getting to know the athletic life of local residents.

Each guest will be presented with an amber stone and will be invited to the amber mining exhibition. The most active attendees will have a chance to participate in the workshops dedicated to amber mining and other traditional crafts of the region: beekeeping, blacksmithing, making typical Polissian shoes, etc.

In case some of the visitors decide to bring customary local products home, they will be offered to purchase paintings, necklaces, bracelets, and rings made of amber by local folk craftsmen. Boxes and baskets made of rod, wooden picture frames and candlesticks, together with straw hats and embroidered products (towels, napkins, pictures) will all be available for sale.

The festival will take place at the longest narrow-gauge railway in Europe (106 kilometers) and the only ferry port in Rivne oblast.

Ukraine is known for its extensive amber deposits. Moreover, Ukrainian amber is different from the most common – Baltic – deposits, for it boasts a diverse color range and therefore is valued more. As of today there are three explored deposits of amber in Ukraine – two in Rivne oblast and one in Volyn oblast – with a total of over 100 tons of amber.

When: June 28-30, 2013

Where: Volodymyrets/Khynochi, Rivne oblast