Ladya. Winter Fairytale 2018
The most large-scale exhibition of Russian folk art
Moscow hosted the opening of the most large-scale exhibition of Russian folk art in Europe titled ‘Ladya’. This year, over 1600 crafts-oriented enterprises, craftspeople, and artists from 68 regions of Russia took part in the exhibition. They presented their exceptional wares each being a real piece of art.
Culture is a bridge between countries that helps erase all boundaries and unite people worldwide. On the one hand, its essence lies in preserving national traditions and showing the unique character of every nation. On the other hand, culture reminds us of the fact that people from different countries are all similar in their aspiration to bring the beauty and harmony into the world.
Russians have always been very passionate about preserving their crafts. The Russian Federation is rich in the number of skilled masters, craftspeople, and artist. They contribute greatly to the development of the country’s multinational culture. The Ladya exhibition, which was organised with the support of the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Ministry of Culture, and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation, proved that once again.
The exhibition became a comfortable platform for business activities of its participants and guests of the event and helped them get immersed in the issue related to the development of this branch.
A large number of the project’s participants are women. This is not surprising, because Russian women have been famous for their handicraft for ages. Today Russia’s women continue to surprise other people with their creative ideas and exceptional authorial works made with love towards their homeland. The exhibition helps them move to a new level and present their wares not only to Russia but also to the whole world.
Such events as Ladya exhibition help us see the exceptional character of artists’ and craftspeople’s work. Every stand is a bright example of how diverse and phenomenal Russia’s culture is.
According to the Gulnaz Kadyrova, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade, it is important to retain staff and keep on passing the experience of craftspeople from one generation to the next. Today, the activity on developing the territories where the enterprises are located is actively under way. Support of craftspeople is also being provided.
People doing manual work will always be highly valued.
“The highlights of Russia’s arts and crafts became an exceptional contribution not only to Russian but also to the global cultural heritage. The exhibition and fair for Russian arts and crafts is a vivid evidence of the fact that the multinational culture of our country was and remains the key factor of Russia’s cultural and historical heritage”, commented Valentina Matvienko, Chairperson of the Federation Council.
The President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin also highly valued the project. Recently he proposed to make 2020 the Year of Folk Art in Russia.
Anna Repina, news agency of the Eurasian Women’s Community
Translated by Nikolay Gavrilov