27th June 2015 in London, the UK Tatar Association held another celebration of Sabantui. This year the festival was dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War in 1941-1945. On behalf of the Republic of Tatarstan, Ravil Akhmetshin, visited the event.
Welcoming remarks were made by Russian Ambassador to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Alexander Yakovenko; Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Tatarstan, the Plenipotentiary Representative of the Republic of Tatarstan in the Russian Federation, Ravil Akhmetshin and Uzbek Ambassador to the UK, Otabek Akbarov. Additionally, the Ambassador to UK of Tajikistan, Erkin Kasymov and organizer of Sabantui, chairman of the Association of Tatars in the UK, Ramil Rifmiruly Minullin, made speeches.
Ravil Akhmetshin delivered the message of the President of Tatarstan, Rustam Minnikhanov, whreupon the special guests and the organizer of the festival under the national anthem of the Republic of Tatarstan took part in the Sabantui flag-raising, which marked the official opening of the festival.
One of the events of the evening was the opening of an exhibition titled, “Friendship of Peoples – the Dialogue of Cultures”, which presented paintings by Rinat Kuramshina and Albina Kuramshina. The themes of these paintings were devoted to such significant dates as the 70th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War in 1941-1945., 175 years since the birth of the composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky and the Year of Literature in Russia.