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

September 22—26, 2021

Festival of ancient Instruments
Folk Song Contest "Voices of Ancient Cities"
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The 4th Forum of Ancient Cities. The Ryazan region

The International Forum of Ancient Cities will be held on September 22-26, 2021. The main topic of the 4th Forum is "The cultural code of the ancient city". It is planned that the Forum will retain the international format, without excluding the online mode of some events.

Along with the Forum of Ancient Cities, Ryazan will host the ambitious 22nd Russian-Finnish Cultural Forum.

The Forum of Ancient Cities plays an important role for the 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 500 official representatives of Russian regions and 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 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.

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

The cultural programme of the 4th International Forum of Ancient Cities will undoubtedly interest many people. For the first time, the Forum will host a Festival of ancient Instruments, the results of the International Folk Song Contest "Voices of Ancient Cities" will be summed up, and a large-scale interactive photo exhibition "Cultural Facets of Ancient Cities" will be held. On Lybedsky Boulevard, united by the Festival "Many Faces of Russia", craft and souvenir rows will work. As part of the cultural programme, the results of the International online campaign "Cultural Scape of the Ancient City" will be summed up.

The experience of the past forum will be used, in performing which great attention was paid to the ancient towns and villages of the Ryazan region: to development of tourism, ethnography, economy, volunteerism, best practices for preserving the cultural heritage of ancient settlements, directions and results of research by historians and local lore specialists, as well as strengthening contacts with the sister cities. The work of volunteers will be expanded as much as possible. 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.

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

As part of the business program of the Forum, 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.

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

There will be a presentation of the electronic encyclopedia of ancient settlements of the Ryazan region, created in collaboration with colleagues from the Russian State University, Ryazan Historical and Archival Reserve Museum, the State Archive of the Ryazan Region, which will summarize the experience of the 3d Forum, where much attention was paid to the ancient towns and villages of the Ryazan region.

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:

#древниегорода#названиевашегогорода#Форумдревнихгородов#Рязань#2021 или #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.
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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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Contact us: ancient.cities@yandex.ru