Egypt-Russia Cultural Year 2021 launched online

Reham El-Adawi , Thursday 27 May 2021

Representative of the Russian Ministry of Culture Maria Sverstnikova (photo credit of the Russian Cultural Centre)

With the support of the Russian Ministry of Culture, an online celebration of Egypt-Russia Cultural Year has been held at the Russian Cultural Centre in Cairo without an audience in compliance with the decision of the Council of Ministers.

A photo exhibition entitled ‘The Most Beautiful Countries’ was opened on Saturday by the pioneers of photography in Russia, with the participation of a group of talented young photographers from Egypt, in the exhibition hall of the centre in Dokki.

The Russian troupe for traditional folk arts (photo credit of the Russian Cultural Centre)

The Tchaikovsky Theatre then witnessed the launching ceremony of Egypt-Russia Cultural Year that began with the speech of the Deputy Minister of Culture in Russia Alla Manilova, which was delivered on her behalf by Maria Sverstnikova, the deputy head of the Foreign Relations Department of the Russian Ministry of Culture.

“It is for the first time in the history of Egyptian relations that the Russian Federation is organising the year of humanitarian cooperation between the two countries, which means cooperation in all fields, which undoubtedly will contribute to deepening the relations between the two countries on all levels,” Sverstnikova said.

A Russian troupe for folk arts (photo credit of the Russian Cultural Centre)

Then the Russian troupe for traditional folk arts, which is one of a kind in the world, gave a dazzling performance on string instruments from the musical heritage of Russia.

Another folk troupe also presented a mesmerising, dynamic and expressive performance of Russian folk dances, with its members dressing in traditional Russian folk costumes with delightful colours. 

Director of the Russian Cultural Centres in Egypt Aleksey Tevanyan said that this celebration marked the beginning of the Egypt-Russia Cultural Year, and that a delegation from the Russian Ministry of Culture met with a number of officials from the Egyptian ministries of higher education and culture as part of the preparation for the activities of the Egypt-Russia Cultural Year.

In conclusion, Tevanyan also thanked Egyptian TV, which recorded the ceremony to deliver it to the audience who could not attend due to COVID-19 precautionary measures.

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