Art Symposium in Yelabuga

In the end of June (20-29) I took part in the XI International Art Symposium on modern art organized by the Yelabuga State Historical-Architectural and Art Museum-Reserve.

Yelabuga is one of the largest cities of the Republic of Tatarstan, with a huge history formed by the different ethnic groups (Finno-Ugric, Turkic and Slavic) and religions who lived here. Also Yelabuga is the hometown of the world famous painter Ivan Shishkin.

The purpose of this international symposium is the “approval of interest to cultural traditions of peoples as an important part of national identity in modern art through the popularization of ethnic folklore in modern Russian and foreign artists’ painting and drawing.” During these 9 days, beside the actual work, we visited art and history museums, national parks, historical ruins, took part in master classes, open discussions, and least, but not last, get to know each other, each others art better.

The symposium first gained its international status in 2010 and since it was attended by the artists from 18 countries, such as: Canada, Serbia, Ukraine, Montenegro, Scotland, Egypt, China, India, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Russia. This year artists from Russia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Czech Republic and Belarus took part in the symposium. This multiculturalism inspired the name of the symposium – “Yelabuga Ark”.

Organizers of the Symposium include: The Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Tatarstan, Yelabuga State Historical-Architectural and Art Museum-Reserve.

This years’ theme was: “The sacredness of folk songs”. The themes include artistic interpretation of songs dedicated to the historical events, folk, epic songs, lullabies, couplets and so on.

All works created during the symposium by its participants were exhibited at the Yelabuga State Historical-Architectural and Art Museum-Reserve, and then given to the funds of Yelabuga State Museum-Reserve for replenishing the museum fund of the Russian Federation.

I must thank again the organizers for inviting me to the symposium. I’ve spent an amazing 9 days in Tatarstan and made a lot of new friends, who I hope to see again as soon as possible!

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