Sakha-Yakutia Days at UNESCOThe Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), part of the Russian Federation, will be showcased at UNESCO Headquarters on May 30 and 31 through a display of its handicrafts and folklore. During the Days, on May 30, Vyacheslav Shtyrov, the President of Sakha-Yakutia will hold talks with the Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, to be followed by a meeting with the press (Room III, 12 noon).
Vice Prime Minister Yevgenya Mikhaylova will open an exhibition of Yakut handicrafts, models of traditional houses and photographs, on May 30 (5.30 p.m., outside Room I). A Yakut food tasting will also be held.
The Violinists Ensemble of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) and folk dancers of the Institute of Arctic Culture will then give a performance (Room I, 6.30 p.m.). The show will also feature a performance of part of ancient heroic epic Olonkho poem by a child and a grown-up and the traditional Yakut string instrument, the khomus, will be played. The event will close with a show of traditional costumes.
French and Russian experts will take part in a roundtable debate on Cultural and Biological Diversity – Basic Principles for the Sustainable Development of Arctic Regions in the Russian Federation (May 31, Room VI, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.).
Situated in the northeast of Siberia, the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) is the largest republic in the Russian Federation, and one of the least densely populated. Home to one million people, it stretches over more than three million square kilometres and three time zones. It is covered by a 300 to 1,500 metre deep layer of permafrost, which is why the Days of Sakha-Yakutia at UNESCO have also been dubbed “Culture on the Permafrost.”
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