Prof. Aleksandar Sergeevich Turgaev - rector of St. Petersburg State University of Culture and Art became a bearer of the Honorable Sign of the European Association of Folklore Festivals – EAFF. The president of EAFF Mr. Kaloyan Nikolov personally gifted the distinction to Mr Turgaev during the V International Contest of Folklore Vocal Art “Как на речке было на Фонтанке“, where he was member of the jury.
The reason for the recognition is the contribution of Prof. Turgaev in preservation and development of intangible cultural heritage and traditional folk arts, according to the views of EAFF.
The festival-contest was organized by St. Petersburg State University of Culture and Art with the support of Ministries of Culture in Russian Federation and Republic of Belarus. The event was held in the period 24th – 29th of October 2016.