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The day of Slavic writing and culture

In may 2016 in different cities of Russia will take place 375 festive events with participation of the Ministry of culture of Russia, devoted to Day of Slavic writing and culture. They include exhibitions, competitions, conferences, concerts and much more. The main celebration will be held may 24 at 13 o’clock at the red square in Moscow, it appears the appeal of his Holiness Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill. The event is expected not less than 10’000 people.

In the heart of the holiday based on the ideas of Orthodoxy and patriotism, celebration of Russian culture, founded by the creators – Metropolitan Pitirim (Nechayev), sculptor V. Klykov, writers V. Rasputin, V. Belov and others. The first Day of Cyril and Methodius first took to the streets in Murmansk in 1986, this year 30 anniversary of the project that became since then the Russian state holiday.

 

On May 17, 2016 was held a press conference devoted to celebration of Day of Slavic writing and culture in Moscow with the participation of V. R. Legoyda (Chairman of the Synodal Department for Church and society and the media), A. V. Zhuravsky, Deputy of the Minister of culture of the Russian Federation) and V. M. Khalilov (chief military conductor of Russia, Lieutenant-General).

Valery Khalilov noticed that “Slavic holiday has become for some people the meaning of life” and said that the gala will participate 2’000 talented children from all over the country. They make up a Large combined choir of Moscow, who will speak may 24 at 13 hours on red square in Moscow. The concert will feature Orthodox chants, works by M. Glinka, S. Prokofiev and popular children’s songs. Mainly to accompany the singers will be a Symphony orchestra.

According to V. R. Legoyda, the Church is committed to the actualization of this event: Vector festival should be addressed in the future.” And, given the vivid life of the saints, “it will be a living communication”.

A. Zhuravsky has emphasized the enormity of the event and its significance for Russian and world culture. “We have a living tradition, lost in other countries,” he said. According to the Deputy Minister of culture, polyphony, throat singing and more reflect the diversity of the cultural wealth of Russia and is the subject of our pride.

Sources: Pravoslavie.ru, Russian Ministry of Culture, Patriarchia.ru.