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The 4th Forum of Ancient Cities
"The cultural code of the ancient city"

September 22—26, 2021

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The 4th Forum of Ancient Cities. The Ryazan region

The 4-th International Forum of Ancient Cities will be held on September 22-26, 2021. The main topic of the 4-th Forum is The Cultural Code of Ancient City. Its planned that the Forum will retain the international format, not excluding the online mode of some events.

The Forum of Ancient Cities plays an important role for our region in establishing partnerships with representatives of delegations from around the world, developing cooperation with other regions, attracting investment to the Ryazan region, increasing tourist attractiveness, and creating a positive image of the region.

At least 300 representatives from more than 60 foreign countries will take part in the Forum events.

Traditionally, the Opening and Closing ceremonies of the Forum will be held.

As part of the business program of the Forum, there will be a conference Actual problems of preserving historical and cultural heritage of ancient cities and villages of the Ryazan Region, a plenary session Association of ancient cities, as well as the work its thematic sections which will continue to discuss issues of preserving cultural heritage, cultural traditions, the development of historical science, tourism, education, architecture, a comfortable urban environment and the economy of ancient cities.

In order to strengthen international collaboration in the sphere of culture through the initiation and development of consolidated cultural events, on September 25 the campaign World cafe will take place. There, our participants can exchange their experience in implementing projects in the field of culture, tourism, creative industries, museum and library affairs, as well as hold talks between cultural institutions of ancient cities of Russia, Italy, Belarus, Lebanon and France.

The Art Festival Urban practices with the participation of experts, architects, designers, sociologists, organizers of cultural programs, city activists and creative youth will continue the work of the School of Ancient Cities.

The Cultural program of the Forum will undoubtedly interest many people. For the first time, the Forum will host the Festival of Ancient instruments, the results of the Contest Voices of Ancient Cities will be summed up. On Lybedsky Boulevard, united by the Festival Many Faces of Russia, craft and souvenir rows will work. Furthermore, the results of the International online campaign Cultural Scape of the Ancient City will be summed up.

The Expert commission of the II International Photo Festival In search of a Cultural Code that is held within the IV International Forum of Ancient Cities has also chosen the best photo works. The participants sent us more than 1200 photographs. The best pictures (at least 70) will form the basis of the Final Photo Exhibition that is called Cultural Facets of Ancient Cities.

It should be noted that the experience of the past forum will be used. The attention will be paid to the ancient towns and villages of the Ryazan region, especially to the development of tourism, ethnography, economy, volunteerism, best practices of preserving the cultural heritage of ancient settlements, directions and results of research by historians and local lore specialists, as well as strengthening contacts with sister cities.

The volunteer clean-up program called subbotniks will be held at the cultural heritage sites of ancient settlements and in memorable places of the region, as well as meetings with local lore specialists.

Cultural program of the 4th Forum of Ancient Cities

For the first time, the Forum will host a Festival of Ancient Instruments, designed to promote the preservation, development and popularization of the traditions of playing ancient and traditional folk instruments, as an integral part of the cultural heritage of ancient cities. The festival is organized by the Ryazan Regional Philharmonic Society with the support of the Government of the Ryazan Region. The Festival will be attended by Moscow Choir of horn players, ensemble "Duduk player", Ensemble "Vladimir Horn players", Ensemble of soloists of the Moscow Philharmonic "MADRIGAL", Orchestra of Bagpipes of Moscow, Folk Ensemble of Adyghe musical instruments "UJ", National Song and Dance Ensemble of Karelia "Kantele", Children's music lecture hall of Olga Piccolo, Korean Drum Ensemble (samulnori).

The results of the International Contest of Folk Song Performers "Voices of Ancient Cities", organized by the Ryazan Regional Philharmonic Society and the Ryazan Regional Scientific and Methodological Center of Folk Art (which developed the contest regulations), will be summed up. The winners of the Contest will participate in the Gala Concert of the 4th International Forum of Ancient Cities.

A large-scale interactive photo exhibition "Cultural facets of Ancient Cities" will be held, that are installations dedicated to the most iconic places of ancient cities (in the open-air format on Lybedsky Boulevard).

On Lybedsky Boulevard, united by the Festival "Many Faces of Russia", craft and souvenir rows will work.

As part of the cultural programme ot the Forum, the results of the International online campaign "Cultural Scape of the Ancient City" will be summed up.

Business program of the 4th Forum of Ancient Cities

On September 23 as part of the business program of the IV International Forum of Ancient Cities, the Ryazan Regional Library named after Gorky will host a Conference Actual problems of preserving historical and cultural heritage of ancient cities and villages of the Ryazan Region.

During the plenary session of the conference, there will be a presentation of the website Electronic encyclopedia of ancient settlements of the Ryazan region that contains information about unique objects, modern appearance and tourism infrastructure of the Ryazan cities and villages.

The Electronic encyclopedia of ancient settlements of the Ryazan region is developed by the Ryazan Regional Universal Scientific Library named after Gorky with the support of the Ryazan Regional Government, the Ministry of culture and tourism of the Ryazan Region and the Ministry of territorial affairs and information policy of the Ryazan Region, in partnership with the Ryazan State University named after Esenin, public libraries, Ryazan local museums and the regional public organization Ravnovesie (In English it will be called: Balance).

On September 24, there will be a plenary session of the Association of Ancient Cities, as well as the work of its thematic sections, which will continue to discuss issues of preserving cultural heritage, cultural traditions, the development of historical science, tourism, education, architecture, a comfortable urban environment, and the economy in ancient cities.

In order to strengthen international collaboration in the sphere of culture through the initiation and development of consolidated cultural events, on September 25 the campaign World cafe will take place. There, our participants can exchange their experience in implementing projects in the field of culture, tourism, creative industries, museum and library affairs, as well as hold talks between cultural institutions of ancient cities of Russia, Italy, Belarus, Lebanon and France.

On September 25-26 the Art Festival Urban practices with the participation of experts, architects, designers, sociologists, organizers of cultural programs, city activists and creative youth will continue the work of the School of Ancient Cities.

Volunteer programme of the 4th Forum of Ancient Cities

The work of volunteers will continue, so the volunteer clean-up programme called subbotniks will be held at the cultural heritage sites of ancient settlements and in memorable places of the region, as well as meetings with local lore specialists.

The 2nd International Photofestival «In Search of a Cultural code»

The photo festival "In search of a cultural code" is organized in support of the 4th International Forum of Ancient Cities "The Cultural Code of the Ancient City", which will be held in Ryazan in September 2021 and will unite the ancient cities of the world older than 500 years. The photo festival is held from May 1, 2021 to September 24, 2021.

The cultural code of the ancient city is a variety of factors. These are architectural objects, sounds, music, odours, hand sensations, and much more. This is all that each person associates with this or that ancient city. And these feelings are individual.

Is it possible to capture "the cultural code of the ancient city" in photos? This is a question that we offer to answer for photographers who always see and notice a little more.

We are announcing a photo contest in which both professional and amateur photographers can take part, if their works correspond to the theme of the cultural code of ancient cities in its broadest sense. Up to seventy best works, according to the decision of the organizers, take part in the final photo exhibition, which will be held as part of the 4th Forum of Ancient Cities in Ryazan in September 2021. All participants of the final photo exhibition receive certificates of finalists of the Festival signed by the FIAP officer in Russia V. Mayorov.

Site of the PhotoFestival

International online campaign "Cultural Scape of the Ancient City"

The ancient city is a storehouse of national cultural codes that reflect our past, present and future. They maintain the identity of each nation and create a new cultural reality, combining all the diversity and uniqueness of each territory. Modern conditions for dissemination of information make it possible to promote cultural marks and local colour globally.

Within the International Forum of Ancient Cities, which is held annually in the Russian city of Ryazan, there is a unique opportunity to tell the whole world about cultural brands, such as objects of the urban environment, unique folk crafts and handicrafts, taste-, sound- and smellscapes of your city aged more than 500 years, and make them recognizable.

To do this, it is necessary to make a video clip about the features of the city that form its identity and send it to the organizer's e-mail address ancient.cities@yandex.ru (marked "cultural code") by August 15, 2021. The duration of the video should be 30-60 seconds with the hashtag written:

#####2021 #ancientcities#yourcityname#AncientcitiesForum#Ryazan#2021

By sending the videos to the organizer's e-mail address, the participant thus confirms their authorship of the material provided, takes full responsibility in the event of claims from third parties and undertakes to independently settle the claims that have arisen. The participant also gives their consent to the use of the material by the organizers for any purposes related to the promotion of symbols, images and phenomena that are traditionally associated with the local culture of the city, reflect the mentality of its people and are transmitted from generation to generation.

Festival of Ancient Instruments

For the first time the International Forum of Ancient Cities will host a Festival of Ancient Instruments. This Festival is organized by the Ryazan Regional Philharmonic Society with the support of the Government of the Ryazan Region.

The Festival will be opened by the Moscow Choir of Horn Players. Its a male voice choir, whose main ideas are revival of traditions of shepherds horn playing and male ensemble polyphonic singing.

Then the program of the Festival will be continued by the Ensemble Duduk player. This Ensemble participates regularly in concerts of the Moscow Conservatory. The leader of the Duduk player is Hovhannes Ghazaryan, who is also known as a head of the Russian-Armenian center Dialog of cultures and a soloist of the project Duduk, Organ, Voice at the Moscow Catholic Cathedral.

The Armenian duduk that was first mentioned in the V century will not leave the audience indifferent, because the music of this ancient instrument unites the peoples of all nations.

The Vladimir Ensemble of Horn Players (the city of Vladimir) will acquaint the audience with the traditions of horn playing that has become a separate type of musical art since the early XX century.

The repertoire of the ensemble includes folk songs of the Vladimir region, as well as other Russian folk songs and their adaptations.

The Festival will be also attended by the Ensemble of Soloists of the Moscow Philharmonic MADRIGAL that is one of the oldest and one of the most highly respected Russian ensembles of ancient music. The creative work of MADRIGAL is associated with the discovery of Western European music for a wide Russian audience.

As a part of the Festival, Ryazan residents and guests of the city will also enjoy a unique and vivid performance of the Moscow Bagpipe Orchestra. This is the first professional bagpipe and drum orchestra in Russia that plays famous rock-, pop-, Russian folk and classical music, as well as traditional marching music and dance music of the Scottish Highlanders.

We also will have an opportunity to hear a unique music of the peoples of the Caucasus. This region will be represented by the Folk Ensemble of Adyghe musical instruments UJ.

The National Song and Dance Ensemble of Karelia Kantele will also take part in the Festival. This will the first Ensembles performance in Ryazan. Kantele is one of the oldest music groups that presents music, songs and dances of the peoples of Karelia.

The Childrens Music Lecture Hall of Olga Piccolo will join the Festival of Ancient Instruments. The program of this Music Lecture Hall is dedicated to ancient Greek instruments and was specially created for the performance in Ryazan. Moreover, the Music Lecture Hall Piccolo is a unique cultural phenomenon of St. Petersburg, so the tickets to the childrens concerts are often sold out. The concerts are held in playful and interactive form. This allows adults and children to become active participants of the event and get new and interesting information about music and musical instruments.

The next participant of the Festival is the Korean Drum Ensemble (samulnori). This Ensemble includes only percussion instruments, and the word samulnori means playing four musical instruments.

The drums symbolize the earth, and the gongs symbolize the sky. The sound of the instruments together represents the cosmic harmony.

The repertoire of the Ensemble includes the best melodical and dance elements of drum music from various provinces and regions of Korea.

Contest of folk song artists Voices of Ancient Cities

For the first time, the Forum will host a contest of folk song artists Voices of Ancient Cities. The Contest is organized by the Ryazan Regional Philharmonic Society and the Ryazan Regional Scientific and Methodological Center of Folk Art with the support of the Government of the Ryazan Region.

The contest pursues the following goals and objectives: 1) to expose and support original folk song performers;
2) to preserve, support and promote national singing cultures;
3) to call attention of the general public to national singing cultures around the world:
4) to develop international collaboration in the field of culture.

The Contest is open to individual folk song performers (soloists) in two age categories: 1) youth (18-30 years old); 2) adult (31 years and older).

The Contest will be attended by 53 folk music artists from eleven countries across the world, including Russia, Azerbaijan, Albania, Uzbekistan, China, Malaysia, Palestine, Belarus, Moldova, Turkey and Japan. The Russian party is represented by musicians from 15 subjects of the Russian Federation.

The remote audition of the contestants will take place at the end of July-August 2021. The jury includes well-known Russian specialists of folk singing art, leading folklorists, such as the Peoples Artist of the Russian Federation Nadezhda Krygina, the Artistic Director of the Ryazan Choir, Honored Worker of Culture of the Russian Federation Svetlana Sukhova, the Director of the Ryazan Regional Scientific and Methodological Center of Folk Art, Honored Worker of Culture Elena Shapovskaya, the Collector and Researcher of the traditional Russian folk costume, Member of the Public Council at the State Russian House of Folk Art Sergey Glebushkin. According to the results of the remote audition, the winners in each age category are awarded the title of Laureate of the I, II, III Degree. The remaining participants of the Contest are awarded the title of diploma holder.

The jury of the Contest has the right to award the Gran Prix to a participant who has a bright creative personality and has shown a high level of performing skills.

The winners of the I-III Degree in the Contest are invited to participate in the Gala Concert of the 4-th International Forum of Ancient Cities, which will be held in Ryazan on September 25, 2021.
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Project organizers and partners
The Founder of the Forum is the Government of the Ryazan region

Forum organizers:
- Ministry for Culture and Tourism of the Ryazan region;
- Ministry of Digital Development, Information Technologies and Communications of the Ryazan region;
- Ministry of Education of the Ryazan region;
- Ministry of Territorial Affairs and Information Policy of the Ryazan region;
- Ministry of Industry and Economic Development of the Ryazan region;
- Civic Chamber of the Ryazan region;
- Administration of the city of Ryazan;
- Association of Ancient Cities;
- Ryazan State University named after Sergey Yesenin;
- Ryazan Historical and Archival Reserve Museum;
- Ryazan Regional Universal Scientific Library named after Gorky;
- Information and Analytical Center for Culture and Tourism;
- Center for Tourism Development in the Ryazan region;
- Ryazan Regional Scientific and Methodological Center of Folk Art;
- Center My business.

Information support:
- newspaper Ryazan Vedomosti;
- TV company TKR;
- radio station Russian hit;
- information portal vezdekultura.ru;
- 7 news News Agency;
- MediaRyazan News Agency;
- information site 62 info.
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