A gala concert of N.I. Osipov National Russian academic orchestra of folk music took place at UNESCO Headquarters on May 25 within the framework of the presentation of the Forum of Slavic Cultures. Performers from different Slavic countries such as Bulgaria, Belarus, Macedonia, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine, Croatia and Moldova took part in the concert organized with the assistance of permanent delegations of the Russian Federation and other Slavic nations to UNESCO.
The participants and the guests of the concert were addressed at the inauguration ceremony by the Chairperson of UNESCO Executive Board, Permanent Delegate of the Russian Federation to UNESCO Mrs. E.Mitrofanova, the Chair of the Administration board of the Forum of Slavic Cultures Mrs. A.Rikhter (Slovenia) and the Deputy director of the World Heritage Center K.Rao.
In her speech the Chairperson of the UNESCO Executive Board Mrs. E.Mitrofanova emphasized the fact that the performance of the representatives of Slavic countries marked the beginning of a tradition of holding such joint cultural events at UNESCO and underlined the necessity of maintaining and developing universal cultural values and non-material cultural heritage of Slavic peoples in particular.
The Chair of the Administration board of the Forum of Slavic Cultures Mrs. A.Rikhter mentioned the importance of international efforts to preserve non-material cultural heritage of Slavic countries that can be held as an example of diversity of cultures that are mutually enriching. She also praised the performance skill of the famous Russian orchestra and the participants of the gala concert.
The Deputy director of the World Heritage Center K Rao conveyed best wishes from the Director-General of the UNESCO Mrs. I.Bokova and pointed out the fact that the Organization top management highly appreciated the initiative as a bright example of multilateral international cooperation in maintaining of cultural diversity and non-material cultural heritage within the framework of the International Year of the Rapprochement of Cultures 2010.
The gala concert aroused a keen interest among the members of the diplomatic corps and Secretariat of UNESCO, as well as among local Slavic communities. A concert presenter, famous Russian art critic S.Belza, while presenting the participants, paid special attention to specific features of national musical culture and folk instruments of various countries.
The presentation of the Forum of Slavic Cultures was a great success and at the same time, it fit into with the calendar of the celebration of the International Year of the Rapprochement of Cultures 2010, which will make it possible to extend the knowledge of the cultures and traditions of Slavic peoples that share common cultural and historical background and language affinity.