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A village from Udmurtia became the cultural capital of the Finno-Ugric world

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A village from Udmurtia became the cultural capital of the Finno-Ugric world
Photo: Sofia Hohryakova

The village of Baiteryakovo (Alnash district) will be the cultural capital of the Finno-Ugric world in 2022. The winner of the international competition for this title was announced on June 18 in Tartu. The head of the Baiteryakovo Cultural Center Vitaly Tarasov told about it to the correspondent of the news agency “Udmurtia”.

Vitaly Tarasov noted that the cultural capital should have at least 12 events per year. These events have already been developed, the largest one is the international festival “Bai-Terek” (0+). Another event is the festival “Pukro Guryos”. Events will be devoted to the study of the Udmurt language and culture; guests will enjoy various master classes in cooking national dishes, songs, etc.

Also there will be a gastronomic week in the village of Varali, Alnash district and the village of Ilnet, Tatarstan. More events will be held in the Udmurt and Mari villages of Tatarstan.

A solemn event dedicated to the conferment of the title of the cultural capital of the Finno-Ugric world to Baiteryakovo will take place in January 2022. It will be held together with the Christmas holidays.

The flags of the Finno-Ugric peoples will be raised on this day. If the situation with coronavirus infection is stable, representatives from other regions will come to the festival.

We have a lot of friends in different parts of Russia, and they want to come to the holiday. I think guests will come from Mordovia and the Leningrad Region. There are also many friends in the Pskov region. If the state boundaries are open, we hope that both Estonians and Setos will come
Vitaly Tarasov, the head of the Baiteryakovo Cultural Center

In 2014, the village of Bygi, Sharkansky district, became the first cultural capital of the Finno-Ugric world, since then Udmurtia has not participated in the competition.

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