Ekaterinburg to Celebrate the Day of the City

Sochi – Russia, August 20, 2013: Ekaterinburg will be the first Russian city to celebrate the Day of the City as part of the Sochi 2014 Cultural Olympiad. This year, Ekaterinburg is celebrating its 290th anniversary and a multitude of events will take place till August, 18 in honor of the city’s founding. Residents and visitors to Ekaterinburg are invited to watch a colorful air show performed by the pilot group “Strizhi”, a festival of wind bands, sports performances and a gala concert which will feature the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games hits.

The successful International festival of wind bands will continue the musical celebrations in Ekaterinburg, bringing together musicians from cities across Russia, as well as Italy, the Netherlands and Kazakhstan. The headline event at the festival is the dancing orchestra directed by the Honored Artist of the Russian Federation and Laureate of the Sverdlovsk Region, Alexander Pavlov.

The cultural festival continues with the event, bringing together visitors from all corners of the world to learn about the national arts of Russia. This event reestablishes the idea that art, especially music, is not defined by geographic or cultural borders.

Festival visitors interested in extreme sports can look forward to adrenalin-filled performances by unforgettable experiences and incredible somersaults.

The culmination event of the Day of the City will be the gala concert “Happy Birthday Ekaterinburg!” taking place on August 17 in the main town square. A stage will be built specifically for the jubilee and all performances will be broadcast on large screens.

The Day of the City celebrations in Ekaterinburg will conclude with a spectacular air show performed by the pilot group “Strizhki” and other well-known air stunt teams. Spectators will have the opportunity to watch these professional air stunts, a truly memorable experience.

In September, the Day of the City Relay will take place in Kursk, Voronezh and Yakutsk as part of the Sochi 2014 Cultural Olympiad.

The Sochi 2014 Cultural Olympiad, 2013 – The Year of the Museum

The fourth year of the Sochi 2014 Cultural Olympiad is devoted to museums. As always, the organizers of the first Winter Games in the history of Russia will present the public with hundreds of the best cultural events. These include dozens of exhibitions, shows, competitions, festivals, and special exhibitions, as well as forums, workshops and educational programs that will be held throughout the country.

The Sochi 2014 Cultural Olympiad is a unique project held by the organizers of the Games, offering the best cultural events in the country. In 2014, visitors to the Olympic host city will be able to admire not only the sports competitions, but also Russia’s cultural diversity at dozens of special sites located in Sochi and Krasnaya Polyana. Since 2010, the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee, along with dozens of regions throughout the country, has been carefully selecting the best of Russian culture.

From 2010 to 2014, thousands of different cultural events will take place across the entire country. Each year the Cultural Olympiad is dedicated to a special kind of arts: 2010 was the Year of the Cinema, 2011 the Year of the Theater, 2012 the Year of Music, and 2013 is the Year of the Museum.

The national scale of the project will make it possible to involve every resident of the country in this grand celebration of music, maintaining and increasing the cultural riches of our country. Find out more about the events taking place as part of the Cultural Olympiad by clicking the following link: www.culture.sochi2014.com

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