From November 17 to November 20, 2017 in Moscow, with the support of the European Association of Folklore Festivals (EAFF) and the Palace of Culture "Salut" of Moscow, the III International Folklore Festival "Preserving Traditions" was held, aimed at popularization of folk art, preservation of multinational cultural heritage Russia, the identification of the best people's performers, the increase of professional skills of the leaders of collectives and teachers.

Creative groups and soloists from Kazakhstan, Khanty-Mansiysk, Yakutia, Bashkiria, Khabarovsk Krai, Moscow and the Moscow region took part in the festival. On the eve of the contest, the Friendship Evening "Preserving Traditions" took place on November 18 at the Moscow House of Nationalities, where the presentation of the festival participants took place. November 19, early in the morning in the Palace of Culture "Salute" began the competition performances. Kazakh, Turkish, Bashkir, Yakut, Ukrainian, Moldavian, Russian folklore melodies sounded on the stage of the luxurious hall "Voskhod". Surprisingly bright, colorful performances of folklore artists conquered the audience and the jury. Participants of the festival visited the unique master class of Svetlana Lebedeva, actress of theater and cinema with great pleasure and benefit for themselves.

The jury consisted of recognized experts and stage masters: Margarita Yongovatova - the chairman of the jury, the professor of the music history department of the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music, Svetlana Lebedova - actress of theater and cinema, teacher of acting; Irina Maruseeva - dancer of the international class, actress of the Rendezvous theater, Natalia Osadchaya - opera singer, an assistant professor of vocal art at the Moscow Humanitarian University, Shen Yusuf Uzeir - the head of the Turkish Diaspora in Russia, who presented the ensemble of Turkish dances "Leila".

The winners of the Grand prix among the children were Kunney Dmitrieva from Yakutia who, despite her young age, was able to transfer all the colors of the olonkho-folk ethnicity of the Yakuts, and Zhasulan Tazhiyev from Kazakhstan, who conquered the audience by singing Kazakh songs under his own accompaniment on the folk instrument of the Kazakhs - dombra deservedly received the Grand prix among adult performers.

The Audience Award was undoubtedly won by Ole Mutova from Khabarovsk for the brilliant performance of Cossack songs and the charismatic duet "Remake" from Surgut, who managed to create amazing mix with bayan and balalaika.

Laureates of the 1st degree: Vyacheslav Zmeu (instrumental performance of folk music: Pan's flute); Salavat Zaynetdinov (folk dance); The leading ensemble of Moscow, the ensemble of Russian song "Vesnyanochka" (folk vocal); Diana Illarionova (popular vocal); Künnay Dmitrieva (folk art).

The III International Folklore Festival "Preserving Traditions" once again proved that collectives and performers of folk art need such meetings not only for further creative growth, but also for establishing friendly relations and developing intercultural dialogue between the creative teams of different countries, educating the younger generation in the spirit of patriotism and tolerance to the cultural traditions and customs of other ethnic groups.

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