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"The Bright-colored world"

August 24—27, 2022


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The 5th Forum of Ancient Cities. The Ryazan region

The V International Forum of Ancient Cities will be held on August 24-27, 2022. The main topic of the Forum is ‘The Bright-colored world’.

2022 was declared the Year of Cultural Heritage of the peoples of Russia. Therefore, the Forum is dedicated to the Russian national costume. The events of the Forum will be also connected with the 85-th anniversary of the Ryazan region and 870-th anniversary of the city of Kasimov.

It is planned that the Forum will retain the international format, not excluding the online mode of some events. This year, it’s expected that more than 200 ancient cities of Russia and other countries will join the Forum.

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

As part of the Business program of the Forum, the conference ‘Ryazan Land: history, culture and society. Kasimov vector’ (to the 870-th anniversary of the city) will take place.

There will be also a plenary session of the Association of Ancient Cities.

For the second time, the campaign ‘World Café’ will be held. During the event, our participants will 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 various countries.

The Cultural program of the V International Forum of Ancient Cities will undoubtedly interest many people. On the central streets of the city there will be a parade of ancient cities representatives. For the first time, the Forum will host the Festival of Visual Art ‘Patterned thread’, the Festival of Petrushka puppeteers and the workshop ‘Synthesis of different cultures’. These events are organized by the Uzbek national cultural autonomy ‘Almaz’.

The V Festival of national collectives ‘Ryazan round dance’ and the Interregional Festival of Patchwork ‘Sewed and worn once upon’ will also take place within the V International Forum of Ancient Cities.

Cultural institutions will host the Photo exhibition ‘Russian Houses of Nice’ and the exhibition of the modern costume ‘Ethno-Mosaic’. Ethnographic theatrical performances, concerts, workshops, quizzes, book exhibitions and defile in Ryazan national costumes will be available at open areas of the city.

On Lybedsky Boulevard, the citizens and the guests of the city will also have an opportunity to visit craft and souvenir rows.

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.

Festival of Visual Art Patterned Thread

For the first time, within the V International Forum of Ancient Cities that is dedicated to the traditional folk costume, the Festival of Visual Art “Patterned Thread” will be held.

The name of the Festival reveals the originality and internal unity of national costumes of the peoples of the world. A special place is given to the Russian national costume. The Festival will be attended by Russian creative teams and delegations of the V International Forum of Ancient Cities.

For a few days in the center of the city, there will appear a new cultural space that will combine centuries-long heritage and modern technologies. The guests and the residents of Ryazan will be able to see not only the Interactive photo exhibition and auteur short films, but also will have an opportunity to get acquainted with different cultures of the world and to catch the rhythm of large cities and small villages.

Everybody can take part in the Festival of Visual Art “Patterned Thread”. To do this, it’s necessary to shoot a short videofilm (the duration of the video should be 10-30 minutes) or to make a photo that reflect traditional folk culture (rituals, customs, folk elements, etc.).

The works, where along with other elements traditional folk costumes will be captured, will have priority. The creative works must be sent to the e-mail address of the Organizers of the Festival ancient.cities@yandex.ru (with the mark “Patterned Thread”) till July 31, 2022.

The Festival will take place from August 24 to August 27, 2022.

The more detailed information about participation in the Festival is available on the official Website

Interregional Festival Ethno-Mosaic

The Interregional Festival “Ethno-Mosaic” will be held from August 24 to September 7, 2022 within the V International Forum of Ancient Cities and will be dedicated to the Year of Cultural Heritage of the Peoples of Russia.

The Festival is held in order to popularize the modern design of clothes and clothing materials that include Russian folk motives, as well as to reveal and support talented young people.

In the situation of cultural diversity of megacities, the theme of ethnic identity can get a new development in youth artistic practices connected with the desire of young people to avoid stereotypes and to express themselves in the sphere of urban environment.

The Festival will be a platform for creative experiments between clothing and textile designers.

The Festival can be attended by artists, designers, masters of arts and crafts, textile artists, students and academics.

The Festival includes the following nominations:

- for the best interpretation of the traditional Russian peasant costume in the modern style;

- for the creative implementation of national motives in textile;

- for the successful use of traditional decorations in modern clothing, such as applique, embroidery, etc.;

- for the use of new technologies and techniques;

- for the best design of costume’s accessories.

The deadline for registration of applications is July 1, 2022.

International Festival of Patchwork SEWED AND WORN ONCE UPON

For the first time, the International Festival of Patchwork “SEWED AND WORN ONCE UPON” will be held as part of the V International Forum of Ancient Cities.

The Festival is supported by the Presidential Fund for Cultural Initiatives.

It’s a unique creative project that is implemented in the city of Ryazan. The Festival is based on the competition of the best collections of clothes made in the patchwork technique or with the patchwork elements and created by Russian modern fashion designers and masters.

The Program of the Festival includes competitive reviews, creative labs, exhibitions, fairs and unforgettable Gala-Concert.

Within the framework of the Festival, there will be defiles of amateur designers and defiles of professional designers, as well as creative laboratories with workshops and meetings of professionals and amateurs in the sphere of sewing.

The deadline for registration is July 1, 2022.

The Organizing Committee of the Festival will send invitations to the participants until July 31, 2022. Then, the list of the participants will be closed.

For participation, please, contact the director of the Festival “SEWED AND WORN ONCE UPON” Venediktova Elena elena992121@rambler.ru.

Business program of the V International Forum of Ancient Cities The Bright-colored world

On August 25, 2022 within the V International Forum of Ancient Cities, the Conference “Ryazan Land: History, Culture and Society. Kasimov Vector” (to the 870-th anniversary of the city) will be held.

On August 26, there will be a plenary session of the Association of Ancient Cities and the work of its thematic sections, which will continue to discuss the preservation of cultural heritage, the development of economy, historical science, tourism, education, architecture and comfortable urban environment in ancient cities.

On August 26, the Ryazan Regional Scientific and Methodological Center of Folk Art will become an ethnographic platform for discussing issues of popularization of historical and cultural heritage of ancient cities.

On August 27, for the second time, the campaign “World Café” will take place. During the event, our participants will exchange their experience in implementing projects in the field of culture, tourism, museum and library affairs. Our participants from various institutions of ancient cities will sign cooperation agreements.

Within the School of Ancient Cities, there will be traditional educational lecture series and workshops with the participation of architects, designers, sociologists, organizers of cultural programs, urban activists and creative youth.

Cultural program of the V International Forum of Ancient Cities The Bright-colored World

The ultural program of the V International Forum of Ancient Cities “The Bright-colored World” will undoubtedly interest many people. It’s expected that the Forum will include various festival, exhibition and concert programs.

The cultural program of the Forum will start with the Festival of National Art “Ryazan Khorovod”. The Festival will be opened by the Ensemble of Dance, Music and Song of the Republic of Belarus “Belye Rosy” (or as it sounds in English “White Dew”). The collective will show the viewers one of its brightest programs “Colors of the World” that includes vocal and choreographic numbers representing the cultures of different peoples and ethnic groups of the world.

On August 25, on the main stage of Lybedsky Boulevard there will be a traditional Opening Ceremony that will start with the performance of the Pyatnitsky Russian Folk Choir. On the small stage there will be a spectacle based on the novel of Nikolai Leskov “The Life of a Peasant Woman”.

At the open areas of the city, our guests will have an opportunity to visit ethnographic theatrical performances, concerts, workshops, book exhibitions, defile in Ryazan national costumes, as well as to take part in quizzes.

For the first time, within the V International Forum of Ancient Cities the International Festival of Patchwork “SEWED AND WORN ONCE UPON” will be held. The Festival will start on August 25. The participants of the Festival will decorate the Forum’s areas with their works and will create a large patchwork quilt.

The 1-st Festival of Hospitality together with the project “Gastronomic map of Russia” will tell the visitors about culinary traditions of the Ryazan land and other regions of the country.

As part of the Forum, the Interregional Festival “Ethno-Mosaic” will take place. On August 25, the inter-museum project that has the same name as the Festival will work at the Ryazan Regional and State Art Museum named after I. P. Pozhalostin.

From August 25 to August 27, on Lybedsky Boulevard citizens and guests of the city will have an opportunity to visit craft and souvenir rows, as well as various workshops.

On August 26, for the first time the city of Ryazan will host the Festival of Visual Art “Patterned Thread”. As part of the Festival there will be an interactive exhibition of photo and video works that are dedicated to traditional folk costume and reflect cultural characteristics of Russia and other countries of the world.

On August 26, the Ryazan Regional Scientific and Methodological Center of Folk Art will become a platform for a creative workshop “Synthesis of Different Cultures” that is organized by the Uzbek national cultural autonomy “Almaz”. During the program, you will have an opportunity to get acquainted with an exhibition and national cuisine, as well as to visit a concert and various master-classes.

The guests of the Lybedsky Boulevard will also see a musical and poetic composition “Khorovod of Kremlins”. The Ryazan Regional Children’s Library will present a video and an exhibition of literature about Russian Kremlins, as well as a masterclass and the works of the winners of the Interregional Contest of Schoolchildren’s Creative Works “Khorovod of Kremlins”. There will be also an awarding ceremony of the contest winners.

On August 26 the Festival of National Art “Ryazan Khorovod” will start in the Ryazan Regional Philharmonic Society with the concert of the Udmurt State Theater of Folk Song and Dance “Aikai”. The concert program will include various musical numbers and theatrical performances based on the traditional song-and-dance culture of the Russian and the Udmurt people. All concert numbers are accompanied by the demonstration of various regional costumes.

In the evening there will be a concert performance of Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera “The Tsar’s Bride”. The Ryazan Governor’s Symphony Orchestra, the Ryazan Chamber Choir and soloists of Moscow musical theatres will participate in the opera production. The artists will perform in the traditional folk costumes of the city of Kasimov.

On August 27, the Ryazan Regional Scientific and Methodological Center of Folk Art will host the XII Regional national holiday of folk and authentic music groups that is called “The Song of the Ryazan Land”. Guests of the event will have a chance to see performances of well-known musical collectives and new ensembles.

On August 27 within the project “Patchwork Shores” a large patchwork quilt will be created. Everybody will have an opportunity to add his or her own patch to it. The project includes a Festival of patchwork “Ancient Cities” where the masters of sewing from Russia and other countries will show their best works.

From August 24 to August 27 in the Ryazan Regional Scientific and Methodological Center of Folk Art the photo exhibition “Russian Houses of Nice” will work.

On August 27, on the central streets of the city there will be a parade of ancient cities representatives dressed in national costumes.

On August 27, the results of the Forum will be summed up during the Closing Ceremony of the Forum that will include the Gala concert of the participants.

V Festival of National Art Ryazan Khorovod

On August 26 within the cultural program of the V International Forum of Ancient Cities the V Festival of National Art “Ryazan Khorovod” will take place. The Festival will be opened by the Udmurt State Theater of Folk Song and Dance “Aikai” from the city of Izhevsk.

Concerts of the Theater “Aikai” always include various interesting performances based on songs, dances and instrumental melodies of ethno-territorial Udmurt groups that live in different parts of the Volga-Kama region and the Ural.

No concert program is complete without music and theatrical performances based on the traditional song-and-dance culture of the Russians living near the Kama region and the Vyatka region. All concert numbers are accompanied by the demonstration of various regional national costumes.

About the ensemble:

The State Theater of Folk Song and Dance “Aikai” was founded in 1990 with the aim to preserve cultural traditions of the Udmurt people. The creative credo of the ensemble is to revive the dying forms of song and dance culture, traditional instrumental music, national costumes and ornaments and to embody them on the stage in a beautiful artistic manner.

The repertoire of the ensemble includes family-household and calendar ritual performances, musical and choreographic compositions, folk songs and author songs.

For 32 years of the theater’s work its ritual performances and individual works constitute the Golden Fund of the Udmurt musical culture. There are performances about national Udmurt traditions, such as “Wedding”, “Bear hunting”, etc.

In addition to Udmurt performances, the program of the theater includes songs and dances of other nations – Mari, Mordovian, Russian, Tatar, Hungarian and Finnish. Only professional directors work on the preparation of ritual miniatures.

The concert numbers and the theatrical performances of the ensemble are based on the scientific knowledge of the history and culture of the Udmurt people, as well as on the scientific research of the Udmurt folklorists, art experts, ethnographers, historians and linguists.

The tailoring of stage costumes occupies special place in the preparation of theatrical performances: a careful study of old models allows the masters to accurately, beautifully and brightly reconstruct the Udmurt costume complex of different regions. The spectators of the theater at the same time form an idea of the wealth and beauty of the clothes of the northern, southern Udmurts and other Finno-Ugric peoples.

The tickets to the Festival are available at the ticket office of the Ryazan Regional Philharmonic Society or on the following Website: http://rznfilarmonia.ru/.

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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 of the Ryazan Region;
- Ministry of Digital Development, Information Technologies and Communications of the Ryazan Region;
- Ministry of Education and Youth Policy of the Ryazan Region;
- Ministry of Territorial Affairs and Information Policy of the Ryazan Region;
- Ministry of 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 S. A. Esenin;
- Center for Cultural Development;
- Ryazan Regional Scientific and Methodological Center of Folk Art;
- Ryazan Regional Philharmonic Society;
- Ryazan Regional Puppet Theatre;
- Regional Scientific Universal Library named after M. Gorky;
- Ryazan Regional and State Art Museum named after I. P. Pozhalostin;
- Center for Tourism Development of the Ryazan Region;
- Center My business.

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