''The Great Bear'' Youth Finno-Ugric Folk Festival
: 27/04/2007
: Indigenous Issues

May 4-6, 2007 The Great Bear Youth Finno-Ugric Folk Festival will take place in the Republic of Karelia under the support of the Norwegian Barents Secretary within the framework of the Regional Youth Program, part of the Barents Programme 2007.

Organizers of the festival are the Ministry of Culture and Public Relations of the Republic of Karelia and the Republican Center of National Cultures.

The project is aimed at supporting traditional culture of Finno-Ugric people of the Barents Euro-Arctic Region, stimulating folk creativity of the Sami, Vepsian, Komi, Nenets, Finnish and Karelian Youth and developing youth collaboration between the areas of the Barents region.

The festival program includes: an exhibition Traditional crafts of the Barents Finno-Ugric people that consists of the exhibition of handicraftsmen works, master-classes for advanced handicraftsmen, Open craft workshop show; master classes on traditional games, music, songs and dances of the Barents Finno-Ugric people and a gala concert The Great Bear.

The Festival participants will also visit an old Karelian village of Rubcheila to take part in master classes on traditional Karelian crafts (ceramic, weaving, birch barking) and have traditional Karelian dinner Murgin.

The following youth folk groups and masters of traditional Finno-Ugric crafts will take part in the Festival:
- Youth folk ensemble Ugid va (Republic of Komi, Syktyvkar)
- Youth folk ensemble Sam nurash (Murmansk region, v.Lovozero)
- Sámi yoikers from Norway (Kautokino, Tromsö) and Finland
- Youth folk ensemble Olemba (Republic of Karelia, Petrozavodsk)
- Children Vepsian choir (Republic of Karelia, v.Sheltozero)
- Youth folk ensemble Karjala (Republic of Karelia, Petrozavodsk)
- Folk ensemble Sattuma (Republic of Karelia, Petrozavodsk)
- Folk ensemble Koski (Republic of Karelia, Petrozavodsk)
- Ensemble of traditional mari music Akret mari (Republic of Karelia, Petrozavodsk)
- Traditional komi-ziran songs performers from Jamalo-Nenetskij autonomous okrug (Salekhard)
- Masters of traditional crafts from Republic of Komi, Murmansk region, Norway, Republic of Karelia.

Republican Center of National Cultures www.etnocenter.ru