‘Days of Russian Culture’ Brings Russian Music and Performance Art to the Philippines
Filipino National Commission for Culture and the Arts and Russian Ministry for Culture celebrate 40 years of Filipino-Russian diplomatic relationsNovember 03rd, 2016
Between October 20th and 23th the Filipino public had the chance to experience Russian culture in their home country. The “Days of Russian Culture” treated the audience to a variety of Russian music and performances, in attempt to enhance appreciation of Russian culture.
Organized by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts of the Philippines (NCCA) and the Ministry of Culture of Russia, in cooperation with the Cultural Center of the Philippines and the Embassy of the Russian Federation, the event aimed to promote Russian culture in the Philippines, and to celebrate 40-years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
The “Days of Russian Culture” featured Russian musicians, including the L.G. Zykina State Academic Russian Folk Ensemble (ROSSIYA), Nikolay Medvedev (piano), Natalia Dmitrievskaia (soprano), and Dmitry Grigoriev (bass). Different types of performances were provided for people with differing tastes— for example, the gala performance was held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Little Theater, and an open-air Russian music night took place at the Rizal Park Open-Air Auditorium in Manila.
In addition to the performances, the Russian musicians visited the NCCA during their stay, exchanging their experiences and ideas in music with artists of the NCCA Employees Rondalla. The L.G. Zykina State Academic Russian Folk Ensemble also provided a short lecture and demonstration of Russian folk music.
According to H.E. Mr. Sergey V. Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Russia and the Philippines have a rich tradition of cultural cooperation over the years. This event was also held under the Executive Protocol on Cooperation between the National Commission for Culture and the Arts of the Republic of the Philippines and the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation for 2014-2016.