Governor of Leningrad Oblast Aleksandr Drozdenko (in photo at left) met with the festival’s participants and visited the exhibition tents and the display of folk arts & crafts produced by Russia’s different ethnic groups.
“We organized this festival seven years ago in order to pay our respects to the cultures, traditions, and crafts of ethnic groups who live in Leningrad Oblast,” said the region’s head in his word of greeting to the guests and participants. “Each time, we hold the festival in a new location to show what the ethnic groups in Leningrad Oblast pride themselves on.”
Art groups from Tikhvin treated the guests to merry welcoming songs, circle dances, and ethnic dainties.
Ethnic groups presenting their cultures at the festival included Ingrian Finns (see photos). Bishop Laptev received the Governor’s personal invitation to the event.
Announcing the host of the next ethno-cultural festival, Governor Drozdenko passed the festival’s symbol, the Ladya Boat, to the town of Volkhov.