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Record number of visitors attend Far East Street exhibition

27 September 2018
Поставлен рекорд посещаемости выставки «Улица Дальнего Востока»

Some 70,000 people visited the Far East Street exhibition as part of the 4th Eastern Economic Forum over a six-day period.

The grand opening took place on 11 September with the showing of the Far East Street video clip in which song lyrics were composed by residents of the Far Eastern Federal District themselves. The ceremony featured a demonstration flight by a fourth-generation Su-35S aircraft, which performed a range of aerobatics in the skies over the island.

All nine regions of Russia’s Far East held presentations of their economic achievements, promising investment projects, cultural and ethnic characteristics, and natural beauty during the exhibition.

«The Far East is an enormous territory. When people come here to the forum, there is probably no other way to visually introduce them to all the Far Eastern regions and show off their nature, culture, and economy. The goal of the exhibition is to generate interest in the Far East», Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation and Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District Yury Trutnev said.

«Each Far Eastern region is unique and distinctive. The exhibition’s objective is to show how each territory differs from the others. Very few of the forum’s guests have been in all the Far Eastern regions. The Far East Street exhibition allows them to do what is virtually impossible: to gain an impression of a third of our country in a short time and bring the Far East closer», Minister for the Development of the Russian Far East Alexander Kozlov said.

Each region that took part in the exhibition presented its distinctive features and future projects. The Amur Region’s exposition was designed in the form of a data centre along with a skating rink with artificial ice nearby. Visitors to the Sakhalin Region were given the opportunity to dream about a high-speed train trip from Sakhalin Island to the mainland. Yakutia’s ‘Permafrost Treasury’ pavilion featured diamonds, frost, northern lights. Chukotka presented the ‘World of Real People’ exposition, which let visitors get acquainted with the traditional life of the local population. The Khabarovsk Territory built a pavilion in the form of an airplane getting ready for take-off. The exhibition pavilion had a unique interactive exhibit called ‘Window to the Khabarovsk Territory’, which could be used to learn about the region’s growth points and tourist routes. The Primorsky Territory presented existing projects and production facilities as well as future projects in shipbuilding, tourism, fishing, and mariculture. The theme of the region’s pavilion was ‘Building in Primorye’. One of the most colourful expositions was that of Kamchatka, which presented four round orange pavilions in the form of caviar. The Magadan Region placed an emphasis on mineral extraction. Guests to the pavilion could see an exhibition of gold nuggets and feel like a gold prospector. Lastly, the Jewish Autonomous Region’s pavilion allowed visitors to read quotes from sacred texts, philosophical treatises, parables, and statements made by prominent individuals. The conceptual idea for the pavilion’s design this year is Jewish wisdom that has been passed down through the centuries

Many regions utilized immersion into a virtual environment as part of their pavilions. The Magadan exhibitioners offered visitors the chance to take a trip to bottom of the ocean, while guests to the Republic of Sakha pavilion played the game ‘In a mammoth’s footsteps’, with the main hall being designed in the form of a mammoth head. The exhibition’s guests were impressed by the Kamchatka Territory’s pavilion, which was designed in the form of salmon eggs.

The Kemerovo Region, a special guest at this year’s exhibition, presented a pavilion in the form of years symbolizing the riches of the region. The pavilion created a feeling of full immersion in a thematic zone. For example, winter was recreated in the zone representing the Sheregesh tourist cluster with snow and cool temperatures.

Federal ministries and agencies presented large-scale expositions in ecology, high technologies, innovation, fishing, and sports. The Russian Ministry of Sport platform offered guests the opportunity to assess their physical shape and pass the classic Soviet physical culture training programme. Visitors could also climb on board the newest civilian helicopter Ka-62 developed by Helicopters of Russia at the aircraft plant in Arsenyev. This year, the exhibition placed special emphasis on preserving the unique ecology of the Far Eastern Federal District. The natural beauty of each region and protected areas were presented at the exhibition in a panoramic 3D-cinema, information videos, and at booths. In addition, workers from Far Eastern nature reserves and national parks offered everyone a chance to select and book tours at the exhibition.

The exhibition hosted the a Fish Market, where representatives of major Far Eastern companies showed off their wares and held master classes on cooking crab, scallop, and other delicious dishes from Far Eastern seafood. At the Russian Seafood and Russian Market pavilion, chefs invited Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping to put on aprons and cook pancakes themselves, and then fill them with a choice of seafood offered at the exhibition.

The high technologies pavilion presented the pilot projects of the Far East High Technology Fund, which was created with the involvement of the Far East Development Fund, Rusnano, and the Russian Venture Company. In particular, the projects included unique hydrogen fuel cells developed by BMPower for drones and robotic equipment, an intelligent modular system for ensuring industrial safety (developed by Visitech), and a VR training platform made by Viar Trading Systems. These and several other projects will be supported by the Far Eastern Technological Foundation.

The exhibition also served as a platform for the presentation of projects by young entrepreneurs and start-up creators. A special pavilion called Technological Environment — Youth Projects was opened specifically for this purpose.

«This was a sold B+. But next year we won’t repeat it. Next year we will have to come up with something new because repetition is uninteresting», Trutnev said, summing up the results of the fourth exhibition.