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THE FIRST REPUBLICAN NIGHT FEST OF NATIONAL CULTURES OPEN YOUR HEART TO THE WORLD!

17.03.2017

THE FIRST REPUBLICAN NIGHT FEST OF NATIONAL CULTURES OPEN YOUR HEART TO THE WORLD!

THE FIRST REPUBLICAN NIGHT FEST OF NATIONAL CULTURES  OPEN YOUR HEART TO THE WORLD!

13.03.2017

In 2013 only 20 international students studied at Mari State University, and 4 years later their number has increased tenfold. Today over 1000 students fr om 40 countries study at Mari State University. In this regard, The Club of International Friendship was created, the members of which launched an initiative to hold a night festival of national cultures.
Inspired by the idea of the forum "The Friendship of the Peoples, the Unity of Russia", which was organized by Mari State University together with Lomonosov Moscow State University in December 2016, the students of Mari State University decided to organize a night event where students would not just learn about the culture of other peoples, but also make new friends. Finally the night fest Open your heart to the world was held, and 2500 people took part in it. In the framework of the festival was represented the exhibition The Heritage of World Nations and the concert program Open your heart to the world consisting of foreign students performances. Moreover, the masterclasses on national games and dances, and playing more than 20 countries musical instruments were organized. It should be mentioned about the national cuisine. The room wh ere the international students demonstrated the secrets of cooking their national dishes became the place of pilgrimage of all spectators. The guests of the festival found this masterclass following delicious flavors. The participants treated the guests to the real Uzbek pilaf, Indian chicken curry, Ossetian pies, and Azerbaijani baklava.
Those who wished to watch the concert were two times more than the number of seats in the Event Hall of the Main Building of Mari State University. The format of the program was not limited only to the presentation of the peoples dances and songs, the concert included two performances, most clearly demonstrated the friendship of the peoples: Russian folk dance with the participation of students from Ethiopia and the combined performance of representatives from Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
One of the representatives of the Arab world participated in the preparing the performance said: It was hard to rehearse, and we were exhausted. But we were glad to represent our culture and our traditions, and we liked the audiences reaction. I am glad that I am a student of the Mari State University.
One of the values of Mari State University is the friendship between peoples. This event shows the desire to make the life of foreigners more comfortable and interesting. It is nice that the students not only divide themselves by nationality, but also by universities: the festival was attended by students of all universities of the Mari El Republic Mari State University, Volga State University of Technology and the Interregional Open Social Institute. It proves that in our multinational country there is a place for everyone, who has interest in culture and customs. Thanks to everyone who joint us and opened his/her heart to the world! We wish those who missed the festival to follow the news: in September this year we are waiting for you on the Second Republican Night Fest Open your heart to the world!

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