Sochi embraces cultures

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On the eve of the International day of indigenous nations of the world, organised by the UN in early August 2011, the Sochi 2014 Cultural Olympiad showcased the unique traditions of minority nations of the Russian Federation.

As part of the VII All–Russian 'Alluring worlds. Ethnic Russia' festival, representatives of over 15 ethnic groups were due to visit Moscow and Sochi. In the heart of these cities the public were set to see chums, the traditional dwelling of northern nations, and listen to the performances of ethnic ensembles. The guests of the festival will also have chance to visit master–classes on beads weaving, bone carving and traditional dolls making. The Sochi 2014 Organising Committee always welcomes ethnic groups to participate in the Olympic project. In October 2010 the Sochi 2014 Cultural Olympiad showcased the Caucasian Games, which illustrated the traditions and cultural distinctiveness of nations living in the region of the next Olympic Winter Games. Over 200 representatives of the Northern Caucasus republics participated in the event, including several ensembles from Karachaevo–Cherkesiya. The central theme of this Festival is to show that under the Cultural Olympiad, the unique traditions of minority nationalities of the country are united. At the Festival citizens of Sochi and Moscow will hear throat singing of the artist Dmitry Safyanov (Khakasiya), enjoy dynamic northern dances of the Russian Indians – folk ensemble of Itelmen Elvel (Kamchatka region), and sing together with evenk Vladimir Homenko who always performs his famous song Naryan–Mar with the audience. The drawing card of the festival will be the folk ensemble of Koryakis nation Angt, the National folk ensemble Chukotka, where Militin Tevlanaut, the kerek descendant, dances, and also the singing and dancing ensemble of northern nations Heiro (Taimyr), that has travelled all over the world for 40 years and has had great success everywhere. The interregional project unites the cultures of more than 40 minority nationalities of Russia. This includes nationalities with approximately 2000 people – Kety, Nganasany, Saamy, Yukagiry; nationalities with 1000 people – Aleuty, Negidalty, Orochi, Tofalary, Chelkantsy, Chulmtsy; nationalities with a number of 500 people – Izhortsy, Tazy, Ulty, Entsy; and even a nationality with a total of 8 people across the world – Kereki. Despite their number, they have conserved the culture of their forefathers who searched the harmony with nature during centuries. This year, the Festival includes The tambourine of eternal argish(2) a special interregional project that will bring together the performances of different artists from Kamchatka, Taimyr, Evenkiya, Khakasiya, Buryatiya. Ethnic groups of the indigenous nations of the Northern Caucasus will be spectators of the Festival. They will also visit the I–st Arctic Taimyrs attraction Festival in autumn. Representatives of the ethnic groups of the Northern Caucasus regularly take part in Sochi 2014 Cultural Olympiad events. In October 2010, the Caucasian Games were hosted in Karachaevo–Cherkesiya with over 200 representatives of the Northern Caucasus republics participating in the event. By the end of 2011, theatre groups from Kabardino–Balkariya, Dagestan, Chechnia, Northern Osetia, Stavropol region and Karachaevo–Cherkesiya will have given 17 performances as part of the Sochi 2014 Cultural Olympiads Year of Theatre.

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