June 1 - 5, the International Educational Tour "Heritage of Eurasia: Cultural Practices of Rural Areas" was held in Udmurtia. It brought together more than 30 participants from different parts of Russia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. During the week-long educational immersion, the delegations got acquainted with the experience of developing rural areas of Udmurtia, visited the revived village of Muvyr in the Igrinsky district, the first capital of the Finno-Ugric world, the village of Bygi in the Sharkansky district, as well as in Votkinsk and Izhevsk.
The educational program included lectures, workshops, seminars and meetings on the technology of socio-cultural design, as well as the study of modern forms and methods for the development of cultural practices in the countryside. Regional and federal experts in the field of social design, formation of local communities, and tourism development worked with activists, leaders and public figures of the three countries. The main outcome of the program was the development of 10 project ideas for involving rural areas in socio-cultural changes in local communities.
In addition, an important event of the tour program was the international round table "Integrated Development of Rural Areas: Prospects for Eurasian Partnership". It was attended by the Head of the General Secretariat of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly Svetlana Smirnova, Deputy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation Larisa Buranova, Deputy Prime Minister of the Udmurt Republic Olga Abramova, Minister of National Policy of the Udmurt Republic Eduard Petrov, Head of the Municipal Formation "Municipal Okrug Sharkansky District of the Udmurt Republic" Vasily Muklin .
During the round table, the participants identified points of interaction between the states and regions of Russia, exchanged the results of social projects, proposed new forms of closer partnership, including with other countries.
Recall that the project is being implemented by the Eurasian Peoples’ Assembly with grant support from the Presidential Foundation for Cultural Initiatives.