The main concert venue of the International Cultural Festival – «The Heart of the Folkloriada» has opened in Ufa. The hosts of the concert were Alexander Oleshko and Gulmira Ismagilova.
The Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation Olga Lyubimova sent her greetings to the participants and guests of the event.
«Dear friends! I am glad to welcome the organizers, participants and guests of the VI World Folkloriada. I am sure that thanks to the sincere hospitality of the residents and the comfortable infrastructure of the Republic of Bashkortostan, the events will be at a high organizational level. I urge you to be attentive to each other, to be sensitive to yourself and to the health of others, as well as to adhere to all the established restrictions and requirements in the conduct of the Folkloriada. Art always brings people together. The festival will become our common contribution to interstate cultural cooperation.»
The presenters also read out a welcoming address from the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov.
«I am grateful for the invitation to take part in the VI World Folkloriada on July 3-10, 2021. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation supports this large-scale event, which is a kind of Olympiad of folklore creativity. The successful holding of the festival will contribute to the expansion of international cooperation, the preservation and promotion of traditional culture. I ask you to convey my best wishes to the participants of the VI World Folkloriada.»
Ufa’s residents and guests enjoyed the performance of foreign creative teams from about 20 countries: Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Benin, Bulgaria, Chile, Greece, Hungary, India, etc.
It is worth noting that the group from Hungary made a gift for the residents of Ufa by performing the «Karabay» folk song in Bashkir language.
The headliners of the evening were: People's Artist of Russia Nadezhda Babkina and the «Russian Song» ensemble; Chechen State Dance Ensemble «Vainakh»; State Academic Kuban Cossack Choir; master of throat singing, singer and composer Olena Uutai.