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Mariinsky Theatre orchestra completes Russian Seasons in Japan
Russian Seasons festival was completed in Japan, TASS reports. More than three and a half million people from forty-two cities of the world attended this festival.
According to Deputy Minister of Culture Alexander Zhuravsky, Russian Seasons are very important from the point of view of setting contacts between figures of culture from the two countries. Besides, they helped setting links between Russian and Japanese producers and distribution companies. Zhuravsky has commented that this is especially important prior to the coming year, which is to become the Russian – Japanese cross year.
The gala closing ceremony of the Russian Seasons was held the previous evening with participation of symphony orchestra from Mariinsky Theatre. The famous troupe performed Sergei Rachmaninoff compositions. Valery Gergiev conducted the orchestra and the well-known Russian musician Denis Matsuev played the piano.
Demonstrations of several cartoons by Russian animators were held at the closing ceremony. Young spectators watched cartoons called Varezhka, Moroshka and Cheburashka, very popular among the Japanese spectators of different ages. The movie by Valery Tvardovsky titled The Big is also scheduled.
Representatives of Japanese companies taking part in organization of Russian Seasons festival were awarded with the symbol of Russian culture festival – The Firebird. Among the awarded companies are Mermaid Films and UNIJAPAN as well as the Russian Ambassador Eugeny Afanasiev.