On the Day of National Unity, 4th November 2016, the representative office of Rosstorudnichestvo in London hosted the International ethnographic festival-competition “Ethno Art Fest” organised by the “Ethnographic Art” section and the company «Ethno Art Fest». The event was dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the Commonwealth of Independent States.
Various events took place in Russia and the UK to commemorate the day. The project consists of a series of cultural events aimed at supporting ethnographic art, as well as the development and strengthening of international cultural cooperation through the promotion of traditional arts, crafts and national crafts.
At the Festival an awards ceremony was held to give commemorative medals “In memory of the 110th anniversary of the birth of Musa Jalil” for the assistance in strengthening interethnic harmony and establishing international cultural cooperation. On behalf of the Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Tatarstan, the Plenipotentiary Representative of the Republic of Tatarstan in the Russian Federation, Ravil Ahmetshin, the medals were awarded to Mr. Asliddin Rakhmatov – Charge d’Affaires of the Embassy of the Republic of Tajikistan to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Cllr. Lakmini Shah – mayoral advisor of Newham London, Dr. Siddharth Saxena – Cambridge University Professor, the Head of the Cambridge Central Asia Forum, Elena Ageeva – the representative of the Chamber of Commerce of the Republic of Tatarstan in the UK, Lidiya Grigoryeva – poet, the wife of the poet Ravil Bukharaev, she translated into Russian language Jalil early poems, these poems are included in all anthologies of the poetry Musa Jalil. Medals were awarded to Zurab Tsereteli – President of the Russian Academy of Arts, Konstantin Khudyakov – President of the Creative Union of Artists of Russia.
Gratitude letters, from the Plenipotentiary Representative of the Republic of Tatarstan in the Russian Federation, for strengthening inter-ethnic harmony and establishing international cultural cooperation were awarded to Anton Chesnokov – representative of Rossotrudnichestvo in the UK, Olga Balakleets – Chairman of Russian Community Council in the UK, Oxana Gouli -. Chairman compatriots association “Sputnik”, Ekaterina Chernyaeva – the director of the Russian-Speaking Volunteer Bureau.
The programme of the event included the opening of an exhibition titled, “Commonwealth”, which showcased the national costumes of the peoples of Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States, as well as models wearing the latest fashion. Participants of the festival-contest “Ethno Art Fest” were artists, masters of folk arts and crafts from various regions of Russia, countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States and other countries.
“Ethno Art Fest” was supported by Rossotrudnichestvo, the Embassy of the Russian Federation to the UK and the embassies of the CIS countries to the UK, the CIS Executive Committee, the CIS Interstate Humanitarian Cooperation Fund, the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, the Plenipotentiary Representative of the Republic of Tatarstan to the Russian Federation, Chamber of Commerce of the Republic of Tatarstan, Tatarstan Academy of Sciences, the Russian Academy of Arts, as well as many other organisations.