June 5-8 IX International folklore festival of Finno-Ugric peoples will be held in Petrozavodsk.
First held in Joshkar-Ola in 1990 under the initiative of the Fund of Finno-Ugric peoples culture development, the festival has been developed into a great event in Finno-Ugric world. Folklore culture of Finno-Ugric peoples is very rich and diverse. The festival is an example of interaction and enrichment of related cultures, unitining ethnically close peoples.
For ten years of its existence, the festival has been held in various regions of the Finno-Ugric world:
in the Republic Mari El, Mordovia, Hanty-Mansijsk, Estonia, Udmurtia, Hungary.
It has become a tradition for our folklore ensembles to participate in cultural festival programs.
The ensembles "Oma laje", "Karelian gornitsa", "Hete", "Mejan Paje", and others had presented folklore
art of the Karelian land.
The festival is held in all regions of the Finno-Ugric world, turn by turn.
The previous festival was held in Sekeshfehervare (Hugary) in 2000. At this festival Karelian delegation got confirmation of conducting the next festival on the ancient land of Kalevala.
The International "Kantele" festival will be held at the same time.
The organizers of the festivals in the Republic of Karelia are the State committee on national policy RK and the Ministry of culture RK.
The folklore ensembles are expected from different Finno-Ugric regions: ensemble of folk musical instruments "Kreschi" (Udmurtia), folklore group "Digalya" (Mordovia), instrumental ensemble "Deer's paths" (Hanty-Mansijsky autonomous district), ensemble of folk song and music "Zarni El", ensemble "Zarava" (the Republic of Komi), ensemble "Shizharvla" (the Republic of Mary-El), ensemble "Ersyanka" (Tatarstan), ensemble "Micha Asyv" (Komi-Permyatsky national district), folklore-ethnographical ensemble "Svoyanya" (Novgorod oblast), ensemble "Murom" (Vladimir oblast), ethnographical ensemble "Rikava" (Latvia), ensembles "PKTTKSY", "Katrilli", "Kajane-Kantelit" (Finland), dance ensemble "Kassareika" (Sweden), ensemble "Bucknakaran" (Norway) and others.
The festival schedule is very busy and interesting. The guests will be able to get familiar with the best folklore ensembles of the Republic of Karelia at the opening ceremony, will perform at different stages of Petrozavodsk, Kondopoga, Kostomuksha, Kalevala, Sheltosero, Novaya Vilga, Shuya.
The central event of the festival -folk marathon will be held on June 8, the Day of the Republic of Karelia.
Within the frames of the festival, the conference on the issues of Finno-Ugric peoples, the workshops on modern construction of traditional musical instruments, on folk singing and traditional choreography will
be held as well.
We believe that IX International folklore festival of Finno-Ugric peoples and IV International festival "Kantele" will become a great event in the cultural life of our republic.
Last updated: 24 May 2001