COMMUNICATION AND ARTS FOR PEOPLES’ FRIENDSHIP AND UNDERSTANDING

Vladimir G. Zakharov, Irina A. Avenarius

Abstract


The disintegration of the Soviet Union in 1991 provoked many problems both in politics and in everyday life of its peoples. The frontiers were rather formal and no obstacles for direct communications and cultural exchange ever existed. In 1992 the Moscow Ukrainian Folk Choir was created to restore and strengthen the former ties between two fraternal peoples. The folk songs in Ukrainian and Russian as well as sacred Ukrainian and Russian music are performed by non-professionals: engineers, teachers, doctors, scientists and addressed to all who do not want to see the former friendship broken. Without having in mind any political aspects the choir is an active participant of many international festivals for world peace and progress. This kind of activity is a good example of how vivid contacts and folk art can contribute to loyalty and understanding between peoples.

 

 

Index Terms - Development of cooperation, republics of former USSR, Ukrainian folk culture, links Ukraine–Russia.


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