Friendship Without Borders
On November 11, USU held a second National Cultures Festival, “Friendship Without Bordres-2011”, initiated and organized by the department of national history, which is part of the faculty of humanities and social technologies.
The festival’s goal is to expose students to cultures of Russian ethnic groups. This year’s event focused on traditional pastimes, including crafts, games, fortune-telling activities, all of which festival guests were able to enjoy throughout the day during the breaks. Besides, everyone got a chance to sample national dishes, which the participating students had prepared beforehand.
The festival culminated in a gala show that featured folk dances, songs, skits based on folk tales, which were performed by history students dressed in national costumes. According to a member of the organizing team, 4th year student Tatiana Mitina, all department students took the news of staging yet another festival with great enthusiasm and eagerly contributed to the project.
Among this year’s festival participants were also international students, who got to represent their countries for the first time. They treated the audience to Vietnamese and African dances, Chinese opera, Turkmen poetry.
After the show, the faculty dean presented the most active festival participants with certificates of appreciation.