Yesterday IX International Folklore Festival of the Finno-Ugric Peoples and IV International Festival "Kantele" was open in Petrozavodsk.
In his greeting, Sergey Katanandov, Head of the Government of the Republic of Karelia said,
"The art, dating back to the ancient times and absorbing the rich experience and wisdom of generations, is still being kept and developed thanks to your hard work, talent, and love. Festivals of Finno-Ugric peoples promote development and enrichment of the national cultures and serve as cultural integration of the peoples."
Within the frames of the Festival the exhibitions of musical instruments and works of young artists are held. Besides, the conference: "Finno-Ugric culture in a modern world" has been open. The concerts are being performed on different stages of the capital of the republic; master-classes are working, where musicians share their skills in playing folk musical instruments."
All in all, as Tatyana Kalashnik, Minister of culture of the Republic of Karelia said, the capital is housing 670 guests from Finland, Sweden, Norway, Latvia, Estonia, republics of Karelia, Mari El,
Komi, Udmurtia, Tatarstan, Mordovia, oblasts of Tver, Pskov, Vladimir, Leningrad, Novgorod,
autonomous districts Hanti-Mansiysky and Komi-Permyatsky.
Tomorrow a gala-performance will be held in the Russian Drama Theater; on June 8 , the Day of the Republic of Karelia, a big street performance on the central square of Petrozavodsk - Kirov's Square - and a festive torch-light procession "Kalevala Carnival" will be performed.