Key date: February 8 is Russian Science Day, the 295th anniversary of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the 185th anniversary of Dmitri Mendeleev’s birth.
Book: The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne
Description: The first session of the year traditionally celebrates science. This is a session for those who see their calling in opening new horizons for humanity, find the extraordinary in the ordinary and look farther ahead than others.
Key date: March 3, World Writer’s Day
Book: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Description: This session is dedicated to discovering and supporting talented young writers in various genres and developing children’s reading culture.
Key date: March 27, World Theater Day
Book: Stories by Anton Chekhov
Description: 2019 is the Year of Theater in Russia. This session will allow children to get immersed in the unforgettable world of performing arts. They will become decorators, prop masters, stage artists, scriptwriters, directors and actors. They will learn about the history of Russian theater and the works of the great Russian author and playwright Anton Chekhov.
Key date: April 12, International Day of Human Space Flight
Book: George's Secret Key to the Universe by Stephen Hawking
Description: During the fourth session, children will discover the unknown world of space through science fiction-themed activities. Just like the characters of Stephen Hawking’s book, Artek students will learn about many fantastic phenomena such as black holes, quasars, asteroids, galaxies and parallel universes.
Key date: May 9, Victory Day
Book: When My Grandma and Grandpa Were Little by Yekaterina .Murashova and Natalia Mayorova
Description: The goal of this session is to preserve and pass on the timeless humanistic values to the future generation. During the session, participants will study the past of their families, their home cities and towns, and Russia.
Key date: June 1, International Children's Day; June 16, Artek anniversary
Book: Peter Pan by James M. Barrie
Description: This is the most remarkable session of the year. Every Artek student will become a character in this festival and experience many adventures with their friends. Peter Pan is a romantic tale about eternal childhood that demonstrates that it is possible to overcome any obstacles if you believe in friendship and miracles.
Book: Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll
Description: Games accompany people throughout their lives. During this session, Artek students and the main character of Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass, Alice, will dive into the mysterious world of games and riddles, and will try to understand the deep world of various games: acting games, musical games, sport games, mind games, computer games and outdoor games. They will also try to create their own games.
Key date: July 30, International Day of Friendship
Book: Scarecrow by Vladimir Zheleznikov
Description: True friendship and friends (our alter egos) are a reflection of every person in another. During this session, children will understand that friendship has no borders.
Key date: 300 years since the first edition of Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe
Book: Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
Description: This session aims to encourage teenagers to lead a healthy lifestyle, promote recreational sports, and improve children’s artistic, technical and intellectual abilities.
Key date: September 1, Knowledge Day; September 18, 200th anniversary of Jean Bernard Leon Foucault’s birth
Book: When Angels Rest by Marina Aromshtam (1960)
Description: This session coincides with the beginning of the academic year in Russia. The famous experiment by the French physicist and astronomer demonstrated that Earth rotates around its axis. Reference to the world-renowned experiment illustrates the power of knowledge as the foundation of the modern world.
Book: Monday Begins on Saturday by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky
Description: This session provides children with career guidance in the world of the future and introduces them to various jobs that are only emerging today.
Book: The Last Inch by James Aldridge
Description: This session is dedicated to personal growth, self-realization and development, and the search for the foundations of one’s values. The program will help children build confidence in their ability to achieve goals, as well take responsibility for their own decisions.
Key date: November 13, World Kindness Day
Book: A Boy with a Sword by Vladimir Krapivin
Description: The chivalry-themed session is to help children discover their courage, openness and honesty. It is a session for those who do not just believe in good deeds but actually do them.
Book: Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach
Description: The session program will help students to understand the key stages in launching a startup and to acquire the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities. Participants can try to start their own business, from selecting a promising niche to developing a business plan to searching for partners and implementing the project.
Key date: December 31, New Year’s Eve
Book: Moominland Midwinter by Tove Jansson
Description: The New Year-themed session at Artek is a true fairytale. Only here will students see snow-covered palm trees and snowdrops on New Year’s Eve. Children will become heroes of wonderful adventures, unbelievable events, unexpected meetings, carnivals and fun games.