In 2017, the “Golden Turtle” XI International Wildlife Festival http://www.wnfest.ru/ru/ will become the largest interactive edutainment event within the Year of Ecology in Russia. The Russian company Sponsor Consulting, member of ESA, became a partner of the event for partners and sponsorship.
The Golden Turtle Festival is the largest international eco-education project, the largest exhibition of professional wildlife photography and the only Russian event held within the framework of the United Nations Decade for Conservation of Biodiversity. Since 2017, the rights to the Festival belong to the “My Equator” Charity Fund, which has provided the project with new social significance – all proceeds from the sales of Festival’s tickets and souvenirs will be used to finance surgery for children with life-threatening heart conditions.
The Golden Turtle Festival will become the main interactive platform, where a series of edutainment-events will take place: games and educational quests, seminars, master classes, lectures, creative evenings, etc. One of the most important components of the “Golden Turtle” is the international creative contest, which over ten years has attracted more than 10 000 photographers, designers and artists celebrating the beauty of the wild. Creative contest will remain the largest project of the Festival and will continue to add unique artwork from around the world to its collection.
“For me, the “Golden Turtle” is a unique project. It was born at the intersection of the most important components of my life: creativity, love of nature, influencing social issues and the ability to make a difference. As an underwater photographer, I happily support any undertakings that help preserve the beauty of wildlife and share it with the public. As a businessman, I am interested in the scale and the potential of the Festival. It has already acquired an international status and, with proper management, can become one of the largest and most successful projects in the world. And, of course, the charitable component of the Golden Turtle is a unique opportunity to make a real tangible difference,”- said Andrei Soukhinine, the President of the Festival and the founder of the My Equator Charity Fund.
“We transformed the “Golden Turtle” from a traditional photo exhibition to the world’s first interactive wildlife festival. Our target audience is active, progressive, metropolitan; they aspire to make their leisure time both interesting and meaningful. Surprising them is not easy, but it is possible. Our festival has every chance to become the most trendy place in 2017. It will be equally interesting for creative youth, families with children, and, of course, all photography lovers. Our goal is to show everyone that ecology is a steady new trend, and a fascinating one. “Golden Turtle” is a great opportunity to finally “get out of your shell”, so to speak! “, – commented Nadezhda Makova, General producer of the Golden Turtle Festival.
“The Festival grew out of a photo exhibition, celebrating the beauty of wildlife, and in 10 years it turned into the largest international environmental education project. Now the “Golden Turtle” cares about the fragility of not only the surrounding world, but also human life. This year we are giving this project, favored by millions, a new special meaning,” – said Maria Gromova, President of the My Equator Charity Fund. The “Golden Turtle” Festival will be held in Moscow from October 14 to November 5, 2017.
The “Golden Turtle” International Wildlife Festival is the largest cultural eco-education project in the world, one of the largest photo exhibitions devoted to wildlife. “Golden Turtle” gives photographers, artists and designers an opportunity to share their artwork with the public, sharing and protecting the beauty of the world around us. “Golden Turtle” is a series of creative competitions, the winners of which are exhibited at the Wildlife Festival. In 2017, the Festival will be held in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod and Kazan.
The Festival combines various creative activities dedicated to the protection of the environment and the conservation of rare and endangered species of animals. The “Golden Turtle” Festival is the only official event in Russia held within the framework of the United Nations Decade for the Conservation of Biodiversity.
More than 130 countries participating, more than 10 000 authors, more than 100 000 works and more than 5 000 000 visitors around the world comprise the scope of the “Golden Turtle”. In 10 years the Festival has become the largest in the world by the number of participating countries, and one of the most visited expositions in Russia.
The “Golden Turtle” International Wildlife Festival 2017 is the official event within the Year of Ecology in Russia.
The MY EQUATOR Charity Fund
The “Golden Turtle” International Wildlife Festival is operated by the MY EQUATOR Charity Fund. All proceeds of the Festival are directed to finance life-saving surgery for children, 1 to 18 years old, suffering from serious diseases, including congenital heart defects of varying complexity. The name of the Fund is no accident: for many children the surgery serves as the equator between sickness and health. And main goal of the fund is to raise money to help them safely cross it. The Fund has held several successful charitable events aimed not only at fundraising, but also at the education of children, the popularization of creative activity and wildlife protection awareness.
The event is open to cooperation with business.
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