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22nd Festival of Russian Art Opens in Cannes

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22nd Festival of Russian Art Opens in Cannes


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The last days of summer on the Cote d'Azur are traditionally marked by Russian culture, TASS reports. For more than twenty years exhibitions, concerts, performances and film screenings have been held at this time in Cannes. They are united by the program of the Festival of Russian Art. The festival in Cannes is the largest Russian cultural project in France organized by the state. It provides an opportunity for the European public to get acquainted with the best examples of classical art and a huge variety of creativity of the nations inhabiting Russia.

The festival program for several years begins with a religious service in memory of those who died in the name of freedom. It is held at the Russian military square of the Grand Jas cemetery. The event was held for the first time in 2014, coinciding with the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. Since then, it has become an annual tradition.

The dancers of the Ingushetia ensemble will perform at the stage of the Palace of festivals and congresses. Their performance will last for an hour and a half. They will present folk songs and dances and sing in French.

The Russian Night gala concert will become the highlight of the festival. It coincides with the Day of the liberation of the city from the Nazi occupiers. The concert will be dedicated to the history of Russian cinema, as this year marks the hundredth anniversary of the All-Russian State Institute of Cinematography, one of the oldest universities that trains specialists in various fields of film production.

Traditionally, an award for outstanding contribution to strengthening cultural relations between Russia and France is presented during a solemn ceremony at the Russian Night concert. Marek Halter, the head of the French university colleges at St. Petersburg State University and Moscow Lomonosov State University, is to become its laureate this year.

The program of the festival also includes the La Bayadere performance of the Bashkir Opera and Ballet Theater and an exhibition of works by film artists. In addition, well-known Russian directors will present the work of their students, aspiring directors and actors, to the local public.

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