During the four years of the “Tom Sawyer fest”- a historical environment restoration festival in Kazan, activists have repaired 15 houses. Presently, work is being completed on the last venue of this season – the Bogorodsky house on Volkov str., 42. Olesya Baltusova- the aide to the President of Tatarstan spoke today on the results of this season at a press conference in IA "Tatar-inform".
This year activists restored the house No. 12 on Kalinin str. and the house of Berkutov located on Fatykh Karim str., 11. A special feature of the season was the opportunity to repair cultural heritage sites. "Last year we realized that we cannot limit ourselves to cleaning and painting buildings, - said the architect-restorer and senior lecturer of the Department of reconstruction and restoration of KGASU Irina Karpova. – It’s necessary to keep for many years what the volunteers did with their own hands."
So now the festival participants also make the repair of the roof and basement, the restoration of decorative elements and finishing works. Of course, all this requires more time at the cultural heritage sites, but here volunteers work hand in hand with certified specialists, I.Karpova noted that the participants of the festival pay special attention to each building regardless of its status.
Dmitry Polosin, manager of the “Tom Sawyer fest”, said that this year the number of volunteers who joined the festival has remained at the level of previous years – about 130 people. However, in 2019 for the first-time foreign activists were involved. "6 foreigners helped us, in particular-the French, they expressed a desire to join our festival. And some of them were able to participate in the restoration of houses in different cities, and at the same time to see our country," – the speaker said.
The festival in Kazan will be finished on September 21. During the festival, Kazan citizens can participate in master classes or in creative performances.