Grand Prix winners of the VII International Folklore Festival "Keeping Traditions" are the Dagestan choreographic ensemble "HAYAT", director Kadiev Yusup Magomedeminovich, St. Petersburg and Sivtsev Evgeniy, "Playing the Yakut folk instrument" khomus "with elements of ethnic singing", Lensk, Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). The forum was held in St. Petersburg and gave the opportunity to 300 performers from different regions of Russia, Belarus and Malaysia to present themselves. The award ceremony took place in the Lendok Concert Hall. According to the results of the online voting, the Audience Award was given to the Theater of the Adyghe dance "NART" (Age cat. Senior: 15-17 years old), leaders Oksana Mussovna Zaubidova, Diana Mukhadinovna Kemova, St. Petersburg. Best National costume award went to Alekseeva Lyubov for "Wedding suit of the family of Transbaikalia (Tarbagataisky district)", Lensk, Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). Special diplomas for the preservation of folk traditions were awarded to: “Ektaktos Production” Sultan Idris Education University, art director Muhamad Irfan Iskandar Abdullah, teacher Mr. Amsalib Pisali, Tanjung Malim, Perak, Malaysia; Petrova Anna Vasilievna, art-director of Evenk dance ensembles "Urun" (Joy), "Osiktakan" (Star) MBU EKTs "Eige", p. Zhigansk, Zhigansky district, Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). Diploma for the development of public diplomacy went to Elisa Woong Yin Ching, Kuala Lumpur City Opera, Art Director Toomas Kaldaru, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. The youngest participant - Bodnar Victoria, Exemplary amateur group “Choreographic ensemble “Capriccio ”, MKUK GDC“ Rodnik”, art-director Sachkova Tatiana Gennadievna, settlement Kikerino, Volosovsky district, Leningrad region. Nominants for the international prize "Folk-Star": 1. Dagestan choreographic ensemble "Hayat" (children's group), art-director of Kadiev Yusup Magomedeminovich, St. Petersburg 2. Sivtsev Evgeniy, Lensk, Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) 3. Elisa Woong Yin Ching, Kuala Lumpur City Opera, art Director Toomas Kaldaru, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia 4. Arzhakov Nikolay, art-director Evdokia Ivanovna Pavlova, Yakutsk, Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) Special prizes and letters of gratitude to the laureates on behalf of the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) under the President of the Russian Federation and the Committee of St. Petersburg for Arctic Affairs were presented by Kravtsov Yuri Nikolaevich - Deputy Permanent Representative of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) under the President of the Russian Federation, and Orlova Razia Akhmetovna - Chief Specialist of the Department interethnic relations "St. Petersburg House of Nationalities" presented memorable gifts. The grand opening of the festival took place at the St. Petersburg House of Nationalities. The participants and guests had been greeted over video by Oleg Aleksandrovich Kapitanov - a member of the St. Petersburg Government - Chairman of the Committee on Interethnic relations and implementation of migration policy in St. Petersburg. Welcoming speeches were made by Olga Yuryevna Shulgina - Deputy Director of the St. Petersburg House of Nationalities, Yuri Nikolaevich Kravtsov - Deputy Permanent Mission of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) to the President of the Russian Federation, Galina Alexandrovna Ponomareva - Head of the Department of Interethnic Relations of the St. Petersburg House of Nationalities and Alexandra Vasilievna Borisova - organizer and ideological inspirer of the festival, president of the Cultural Development Foundation of the Peoples of Siberia and the Far East "Northern Rainbow", member of the Public Council of the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) under the President of the Russian Federation. It has already become a good tradition within the framework of the festival to organize the Exhibition of Decorative and Applied Art "Snow Patterns of Yakutia". This year the exhibition was held at the St. Petersburg House of Nationalities for the fourth time. The exhibition presented for the first time unique hand-made works of folk craftsmen from the northern part of Yakutia - Zhiganskiy ulus. So, Tamara Vinokurova, a folk craftsman of Yakutia, brought her collection of “national clothes of the Evenks”, sewn with the use of deer fur, rovduga and beads. Also pleasing to the eye were the works of the masters from Yakutsk - Matryona Danilova - a set of horse decorations in the technique of traditional patchwork sewing "kybytyy" and embroidery; Maykuo Nogovitsina - set of women's ethnic accessory from polar fox fur and beads. During the festival, a master class by Tamara Vinokurova was held, where the folk master spoke in more detail about the culture and history of the Evenks and showed one of her techniques for making the northern amulet. The meeting of the team leaders was held live on Instagram on the festival account @ severnaya.raduga. The directors were greeted by a member of the jury Valeriy Zabara - the director of the projects “Voice of Latvia”, “Voice of Latvia. Children”, “Miss Russian Radio. Latvia”, “Miss Russian Radio. Baltia ", producer, choreographer, ex-program director of the First Baltic Channel. At the meeting, Elena Sapriko and Elena Romanenko, leaders of the Balaganchik ensemble of the Center for Social Support and Rehabilitation of Disabled Children "Seven-Ya" in Moscow, shared their successful experience of working with children and adolescents with disabilities. Organizers of the folklore celebration are Cultural Development Foundation of the Peoples of Siberia and the Far East "Northern Rainbow" with the support of the Committee on Interethnic Relations and the Implementation of Migration Policy in St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg House of Nationalities, the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) under the President of the Russian Federation, European Association of Folklore Festivals.