Our colleagues at the Phoenix Fund are gearing up to celebrate their Tiger Day (Russia) Festival, 29 September 2013.
Their small but powerful team of six led by Sergei Bereznuk, along with partner organizations, will launch the 14th annual Tiger Day Festival in the town of Vladivostok. Now in its 14th year, this dayof huge importance has grown to become a public holiday for the whole of the Primorye region.
The main purpose of the holiday is to draw public attention to the problem of preserving this huge area of biodiversity whilst instilling a great sense of pride in local communities. Phoenix Fund rightly believe that inspiring future generations to have a greater respect for their environment is one of the most powerful ways to ensure the Amur tiger population will continue to grow.
We’ve just been given this years programme & wish all our partners in Russia a successful day of celebrations and awareness building.
Programme of the Tiger Day Russia – 2013:
11:00 a.m. – Registration of parade units: near the main entrance of the Children’ Activity Centre, Okeansky Prospect, 43
12:00 – Start of carnival procession (from Okeansky Prospect, 43 to the central city square). This year, in addition to the Best Parade Unit Contest, we also initiated a contest among cheerleaders representing local educational institutions (schools, universities, colleges, etc.). First, all parade units representing educational institutions of Vladivostok will proceed down the Okeansky Prospect to the main square of Vladivostok city and compete with each other for a cash prize. Parade units will be judged on how they construed the theme of the festival.
13:30 – Competitions among cheerleaders, concert, various contests. The Best Cheerleaders Contest will start. Each group of cheerleaders representing local educational institutions will perform on a special ground between two spectators stands. We hope that cheerleader teams will show amazing performances ranging from one to three minutes. The best groups of cheerleader will be awarded cash prizes. Traditionally, during the Tiger Day there will be a separate area on the central square for those who want to draw vivid images of tigers, leopards, flowers, rainbows, and more on asphalt with colored chalks. Artists young and old will be able to turn the area into works of art. Additionally, Phoenix is going to conduct a fundraising campaign to help local Rehabilitation Centre for Tigers and Other Rare Species to keep five orphaned tiger cubs and prepare them for return to the wild in 2014.
15:30 – 16:00 – Award ceremony.