“We have much to be proud of! We have someone to remember…” - this is the motto of the International Inclusive Festival of National Cultures “ALTYN MAIDAN” (Golden Square) that will be held on July 17 in Sukhum (Republic of Abkhazia). For the second year the Festival is supported by the Eurasian Peoples’ Assembly.
The author and leader of the project is a member of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly, a member of the International Federation of Journalists, Honoured Worker of Culture of the Republic of Tatarstan Gamira Gadelshina.
The main goal of the festival is to preserve the cultural traditions of peoples, as well as to expand cultural cooperation and strengthen interfaith and intercultural dialogue, create an atmosphere of trust and mutual understanding between peoples, and present folk song and choreographic traditions in their local identity.
The relevance of the festival is the unification in unified creative programs of people with almost all types of functional disorders (hearing or visual impairment, totally blind, deaf-mute, intellectually disabled, with disorders of the musculoskeletal system, with emotional disorders, with somatic, genetic and mental diseases). etc.) and their normatively developing peers.
Contributing to the improvement and transformation of the municipal environment, being an effective element of event tourism, additionally working on a positive image of the festival venue, is one of the traditions of the project.
About the festival
The festival is part of the cultural and educational project "ALTYN MAIDAN", created in 2009 under the newspaper "Republic of Tatarstan" (the founder of the publication is the Government of the Republic of Tatarstan).
The festival is not closed by the walls of one cultural institution, capturing the entire locality with events and appealing to a huge audience of spectators, listeners, workers of culture and art, and folklorists. It is accompanied by business conferences, seminars on the problems of preserving and developing folklore traditions, master classes, includes an exhibition-fair of works of folk applied art, local history excursions. All events are open to spectators and free to participants.
The events of the festival pursue an important goal, based on the fact that the specifics of the current stage of turning artistic practice to folklore is that by now, along with the death of the last bearers of the folk tradition, the type of folklore groups that are commonly called ethnographic (authentic) disappears. The new generation of these groups’ members owns only a small part of their own tradition and often focuses on the so-called "standard" repertoire, author's song, etc. In this case, both the quality and the performing features of the ethnographic type group are lost.
Within the festival, this task was solved through the presentation of samples of local folklore traditions by groups of concert and competitive programs, and by specialists - the degree of mastery of these traditions by groups and the level of their performing skills. This form allows offering specific recommendations to the leaders of the festival teams to improve their work. The organic combination within the festival of artistic, creative, educational, methodological and educational tasks allows, without destroying the festivity of this action, to really include it in the context of the work to restore regional cultural traditions.
Through special forms of experience exchange, the tasks of the educational and methodological plan are also solved. Such forms have become informal creative communication at ethnic evenings, replacing traditional evening discos, creative laboratories, conferences on folklore and inclusive education. As a result of the conferences, collections of papers are published; in particular, a collection of "Practical advice on educational and social inclusion" has been published.
Within the festival, genre competitions are held, as well as the following events.
- Ethnic evenings at the festival have replaced the traditional youth discos. Pass in an open form, working in the same way as an entertainment element for city guests. Сulture-bearers present an ethnic program: folk games, rituals, teaching the elements of folklore dance, ethnic fashion and variety art.
- International ethnic competition "Alamys". Strictly ethnographic groups are allowed to participate in this competition, guided in their activities by tradition, using only authentic samples of folklore in their work. As practice shows, festival forms of creative communication not only help to establish creative ties between folklore groups, but also transfer their activities in mastering folk traditions to a qualitatively higher level, provide a deeper understanding of the meaning of their work and, as a rule, initiate the creation of new folklore groups, in particular, inclusive forms.
- International Ethnoforum "Atmosphere": adaptation of the cultural heritage of peoples to modern realities through relevant forms of art; search in the customs, legends and beliefs of the past for points of intersection and contact between the cultures of ancient peoples, emphasizing the commonality of all the ethnic groups of Eurasia.
- The gala concert is a part of the holiday date: July 23 is the Day of the State Flag of the Republic of Abkhazia, which, in its turn, will emphasize the respect of the festival participants and guests of the city for a memorable date important for the country.
Author and project leader:
Gadelshina Gamira Gabdullovna, firstname.lastname@example.org
Partner Relations Director of VIVA LLC (Russia, Sochi)
Chirkov Ivan Stepanovich, email@example.com