Krasnodar, 5 December – Yug Times. On 29 November, Maikop hosted a solemn concert and roundtable dedicated to the Day of Adyghe (Circassian) Culture.
Over 160 ethnic groups presently live in Russia. Most of their languages, however, have much less than a million native speakers. Nonetheless, these communities continue living, conveying their cultural code and saturating the ethnic palette of their big fatherland – Russia. Adyghea does not forget its ethnic roots, either. Quite the contrary, Adyghean people respect, preserve and popularise them.
The Day of Adyghe Culture followed the Day of Russian Culture held in Maikop previous month. The event was attended by journalists and executives of governmental structures in charge of preservation and development of ethnic cultures in the North Caucasus and Southern Federal Districts.
To take a closer look at the diversity of Circassian culture, guests from the Astrakhan, Volgograd, Krasnodar and Stavropol regions, Kabardino-Balkaria, Karachay-Cherkessia and Ingushetia came to Maikop. They got a chance to exchange ideas with their colleagues from other regions, and to see the originality and feel the flavour of Circassian traditions and customs.
Folk intellectual wealth was shown through a theatrical play. Men, women and children dressed in national costumes recounted their traditions through dances and songs. Then the history of the Circassian people was shown by national attires. After the cultural part of the agenda, the guests took part in the roundtable. They discussed the role of the state and public institutions in the preservation of interethnic stability in the Republic of Adyghea.
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