The 14th International folklore festival Pokrovskie Kolokola (Pokrovsky bells) started in Vilnius, the Russkiy Mir Foundation reported. Pokrovskie Kolokola is an international festival that in a short time managed to gain immense prestige not only in Lithuania but also abroad. The Festival represents the traditional culture of different countries, strengthens cultural ties.
According to the Russkiy Mir Foundation, the cultural forum received its name after the Orthodox holiday of the Protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Festival gathers guardians of the faith, without which traditional folk culture cannot exist and develop.
Over the 14 years of its existence, the Pokrovskie Kolokola Festival has become known in many countries of the world. Folklore and ethnographic ensembles from Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, China, Corsica, Estonia, France, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Italy, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Mexico, Norway, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine and other countries took part in the festival.
This year teams from 12 countries – Belarus, Georgia, Spain, Italy, Corsica, Latvia, Norway, Poland, Russia, Estonia, Serbia, Ukraine – will participate.
The Russian culture will be represented by three creative universities - Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory, St. Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory, Petrozavodsk State Glazunov Conservatory, as well as teams from Moscow, Belgorod and Novosibirsk regions.
Pokrovskie Kolokola is the only festival in the Baltic States that annually orders composers to create works in the World music style. In addition to concerts of folklore ensembles, visitors will find a fair of craftsmen’s products, master classes of famous ethnography experts, a round table devoted to folklore in the modern world, educational programs for children and youth, a conference of young folklorists “My family is my origins”, folk dance evenings, concerts in small towns of Lithuania and much more.
Events will be held in the best concert halls and historical places of Vilnius - in the Vilnius Palace of Congresses, the Church of St. Kotrina, Museum of Applied Art and Design, Vilnius Town Hall, in Orthodox and Catholic churches. The organizers hope that the festival will become an unforgettable, informative and interesting holiday for everyone.