Maslenitsa in Nikola-Lenivets 2022

Open call: An art object for Maslenitsa 2022 in Nikola-Lenivets

Submission: June 06, 2021
Registration: June 06, 2021
Language: English
Location: Concept
Prizes: Please see detail below
Type: Open


Art Park Nikola-Lenivets (Russia, Kaluga region) announces an international competition for the best concept of an art object for Maslenitsa 2022. Artists, architects, designers, directors, programmers and all creative people are invited to participate.

Maslenitsa in Nikola-Lenivets is not just a folk festival with pancakes and burning of the Maslenitsa scarecrow. It’s always an one-day performance that ends with a big spectacular bonfire. This special piece of art was created for months to disappear in just a few hours. This is how the Art Park team believes the real art should look like — it is not stored under the museum’s glass, but appears for a short time to exist in the memory of everyone who has seen it.

This year we want to see a winner object which would be as close as possible to the actual reality of Nikola-Lenivets. For this purpose we are introducing a 2-stage system of acceptance of competition works. The first step, until 6 June inclusively, will be for all those who wish to apply and register. As the second step we will hold an online conference where we will discuss all the details of the technical assignment. All participants would be able to send their tender projects up to 18 July.


It is important to us that the only materials used in the project should be well flammable and also be secondary raw materials or industrial waste.

We usually use:
— The old wooden pallets from factories intended for recycling are perfect for the inner tube of the object that immediately catches the fire;
— Softwood saws — 6-meter tips of coniferous trees that are unusable for sawmills and less than 200 mm in diameter. Are suitable for the construction of the framework;
— Straw rolls — low quality straw, unusable for animal feed. It produces sparks, heat and smoke;
— Wooden building debris — the main burning material which makes the fire long-lasting and beautiful.


The total budget for the project construction should not exceed 1 million roubles. Authors should propose the optimal balance between the funds spent and the showiness and the appropriateness of the finished project.

The winner’s prize — 100,000 rubles (including taxes), 2 local residences during the working days. Additional costs (transport and meals) are not included.

Projects selection criteria

  • The concept is suitable for the cultural context of Nikola-Lenivets.
  • The burning scenario, the show.
  • The public involvement. It is important for us that our guests are involved in the pre-burning performance.
  • The reasonableness of all the mandatory paragraphs of the draft.
  • Fitting the budget and the realization conditions.

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