Dialogue of Cultures brings together students of diverse backgrounds at North Caucasus campus
“In unity and brotherhood there is strength of the peoples of Russia” was the slogan of Dialogue of Cultures, a cultural and educational festival hosted by the North Caucasus Branch of the Presidential Academy.
Representatives of the Pyatigorsk city administration and various diasporas living in the capital of the North Caucasus Federal District attended the festival as guests of honor; the participants were RANEPA students of diverse ethnic backgrounds.
“Dialogue of Cultures is a tradition and a festive event we all look forward to,” Director of RANEPA North Caucasus Institute, member of the Russian Civic Chamber Azamat Tlisov said in his greeting to the guests and participants of the festival. “It brings together all our students united by one most important factor – their love for their Motherland, including their native communities, their native language, and our great Russia! The Russian Federation is home to more than 180 peoples. Each of them has its own culture, traditions, religion, language, and physical features. And this diversity is one of Russia’s treasures, which requires a careful and reverent attitude,” he added.
The festival opened with a generous meal as various groups showed off their traditional cuisine. Those present had a chance to taste dishes cooked by Abazins and Circassians, Armenians and Greeks, Balkars and Karachays, Dagestanis and Russians, Ossetians, Chechens and Ingush, and explore the culinary customs and traditions of various peoples living in the Caucasus.
The food celebration continued with a gala concert, in which students shared some of the legends and epics of their peoples. Their sketches featured the beautiful shieldmaiden Dakhanago (from the Abazin and Circassian legends); Astkhig the stunning goddess of love and beauty who saved mortal people (Armenian); the tragic love of Elbrus and Beshtau for the beautiful Mashuk (Karachays and Balkars); the apple of discord (Greek); the sleeping beauty (Dagestani); the three pies and their symbol (Ossetian); the two friends, Movsar and Zelimkhan (Chechen and Ingush); and the Goddess Kostroma and her brother Kupala (Russian). They also demonstrated the beauty of traditional dances. The multiethnic concert was a real celebration of friendship and unity of all the inhabitants of our vast country, regardless of their ethnic identity or religion. Representatives of diasporas highly appreciated the hospitality shown by the friendly family of RANEPA North Caucasus campus.