Ethnic festival on RANEPA Siberian campus highlights unity of the peoples of Russia and the world
The Siberian Institute of Management, a branch of RANEPA, has hosted the Family Is battle – a traditional cultural event. This year it was held in a new format, involving professors and other university staff.
The project included a festival of cultures as part of the Year of Folk Art and Intangible Cultural Heritage of the Peoples of Russia. The festival began with the seminar on The Year of Cultural Heritage of the Peoples of Russia organized by the Public Administration and Public Strategies research center at Siberian Institute of Management and the Ministry of Regional Policy of the Novosibirsk Region. Those present discussed folk art and intangible heritage, the preservation and development of the Russian language and the languages of the peoples of Russia, and other topics. The participants included representatives of the Ministry of Culture and Regional Policy of the Novosibirsk Region, the Gennady Zavolokin House of National Cultures. Their remarks aroused keen interest and sparked discussion among the students. The concert Together We are Russia! reflected the cultures of various peoples of Russia and other countries presented by the Zavolokin House of National Cultures in a vivid confirmation of the multi-ethnicity of our vast country.
The festival ended with a contest to present various cultures, which included a culinary fair with dishes prepared by students, professors and other staff, as well as traditional dances, songs, and costumes. The participants represented five countries: Uzbekistan, Yemen, Armenia, Azerbaijan and China.
Marianna Osipova, third year student, State and Municipal Administration:
“The festival of cultures was fun. Our team, Po Faktu, represented the sunny Uzbekistan. They did a dance in ethnic costumes and cooked traditional dishes, pilaf and samsa, and they were as good as in the best restaurants in Tashkent. We tried to choose the most suitable words to describe the country, to convey its beauty and the warm-heartedness of its people.”
Milana Saakova, first year student, Jurisprudence:
“It was an unforgettable day! We have worked so hard to prepare for it. And most importantly, we did it with passion. Everyone has had a great experience, an exciting exposure to the cultures of different countries and their traditions. Our team represented the hospitable Armenia, our homeland. We tried to convey all the beauty and power of that country. It is an ancient country with a distinctive culture and deep history. We did the Kochari traditional dance, making all the students and teachers a part of it, forming a large circle. We also cooked traditional dishes, shashlik and dolma, and everyone really liked it! I felt like a part of a large family, which cannot be indifferent to their homeland, to their ancestors.”
Viktoria Vovchenko, first year student, Economics:
“Team Forsage represented Azerbaijan. Thanks to this festival, I learned so much about the traditions and values of the presented cultures, and tasted some delicious food. I would like to express special gratitude to the dancers. Their performance was insanely beautiful. It's an unforgettable experience.”
Alexandra Yazvenko, first year student, International Relations:
“The MEM-OK team represented Yemen, a country on the Arabian Peninsula. We cooked the famous Yemeni chowder, a warming drink and dessert. The work greatly improved the team’s culinary skills, and we also had many people try it and received only positive feedback! We recited some poetry in Arabic, performed a Yemeni dance and got a thousand unforgettable memories.”
Marina Kuratchenko, Ph.D. (Philosophy), Associate Professor, Department of Social Anthropology and Intercultural Communications:
“The team of teachers and staff, Colleagues, represented China. We decided to show it in a variety of ways: through food, drink, and ritual practices. Our guests could try a dish of Sichuan cuisine, which is considered the most hot and spicy. We also made our guests some authentic Chinese tea, and told them about the rules for tea-drinking in China. And finally, we performed fortune-telling as described by the Chinese classic Book of Changes.”