2020 - Year of Folk Art in Russia
During the meeting of the Council on Art and Culture in mid-December 2018, a proposal was made to declare 2020 the Year of Folk Art. The president who was present at the discussion approved the idea, instructed to prepare for all related events and develop a program of implementation.
The director of the House of Folk Arts Elena Islamuratova came up with a similar initiative. At this meeting, she made a presentation on the role of integrating cultural heritage into modern life, on how important it is to develop and protect it.
According to her, now there is a critically small use of folklore material for professional purposes - as a rule, at the amateur level, all such impulses break off. But this is very harmful for national self-identification both now and in the future. And, of course, for current cultural policy as a whole.
Folk art as an integral component of the current state program "Culture"
The theme of the Council meeting was the discussion of the national cultural program for a period up to 2024. And the discussed proposal to declare 2020 the Year of Folk Art was made by Elena Evgenievna Islamuratova, director of the District House of Creativity in Khanty-Mansiysk. Putin reacted to it with a remark that commercialization did not have the best effect on the information space of our country, including books in languages of national minorities, television and radio programs, newspapers and other periodicals that have almost disappeared from view. Which, of course, is wrong, and is subject to early correction.
At the same time, he asked artists not to delay the creation of powerful regional clusters as cultural formations that could unite all creative associations wishing to participate, increase the tourist image of the country and create the necessary spiritual and aesthetic level of living conditions for local citizens.
The first such clusters should appear on the territory of Kemerovo, Vladivostok, Sevastopol and Kaliningrad, and they were recommended to be inspired by the useful experience of the Hermitage, which successfully implements its presence program in the regions.
The creation of such clusters is impossible without solving organizational, operational, personnel and financial issues. And, of course, a great atmosphere for activating the work on this project will be born precisely in the upcoming Year of Folk Art.
What will be included in the program?
At the suggestion of the president, they will definitely return to the practice of organizing village clubs, restoring them where they have already disappeared from the map of the country's cultural formations, and their strong support wherever they still function.
Putin noted that clubs in small towns, cinemas with them, and art circles, amateur ensembles - all this provided decent leisure on the ground, guaranteed a decent overall level of the population. Now, in many ways, the slow death of villages and towns is facilitated by the fact that there "there is nothing to do after work." However, restoring club practice should save the situation.
In addition, according to preliminary data, the program of the Year of Folk Art expects numerous festivals of professional and amateur groups, performers, exhibitions and expositions of applied arts, and numerous master classes.
Also, congresses and symposiums will be held in the capital and in the field on the development of this cultural component of the country's heritage, the study of its current problems and the celebration of achievements.
Concerned members of the public will certainly organize numerous flash mobs and actions in support of the themes of the coming Year. And they will even more closely take up the establishment of cultural ties between the regions, as well as present our achievements of folk art at the international level.
Recall that at the end of autumn 2018, reassignment of members of the Council on Art and Culture of the Russian Federation took place. And now there are 25 prominent figures, including film director Karen Shakhnazarov, musician Yuri Bashmet, film director and actor Fedor Bondarchuk, writer Alexei Varlamov, singer Polina Gagarina, head of the All-Russian State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company Oleg Dobrodeev, circus artist Edgard Zapashny, ballerina Svetlana Zakharova, actor Alexander Kalyagin composer Igor Krutoy, composer Igor Matvienko, actor Vladimir Mashkov, film director Andrei Konchalovsky, director of the Hermitage Mikhail Piotrovsky, president of the Solzhenitsyn Foundation Natalia Solzhenitsyna, conductor and violinist Vladimir Spivakov, metropolitan lit. Tikhon, fashion designer Valentin Yudashkin and many others. The fresh composition of the Council for Culture and the Arts is fresh suggestions, ”the press responded.