Sevastopol hosted the International Ethno-Confessional Forum-Festival “Faith. Good. Unity” dedicated to the 75th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War and the Day of National Unity. The event was organized by the Sevastopol Regional branch of the Assembly of the Peoples of Russia and the Representation of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly in Sevastopol (Russia).
“Representatives of 103 different nationalities live in our region. However, only 30 national-cultural communities work. Therefore, it is also necessary to involve nationalities that are outside our field of vision, it is necessary to expand the field of activity associated with the propaganda of the traditions of different peoples, - believes the Head of the Representation of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly in Sevastopol (Russia) Ruslan Koveiko. - The Assembly of the Peoples of Russia lives under the slogan “Friendship of Peoples - the Unity of Russia”. The slogan speaks for itself. All our work is aimed at peace, friendship, and the preservation of the ethnos. We have a multinational country”.
The Forum-Festival was held mainly online. It was attended by representatives of government agencies, representatives of Russian and foreign educational and public organizations, national-cultural and religious organizations, university students from Eurasian countries (Kazakhstan, Armenia, India, Latvia, Lithuania) and regions of the Russian Federation (Perm, Moscow, Leningrad region, Grozny, Smolensk, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg).
The following issues were discussed in the Forum-Festival:
- Russia as a multi-ethnic and confessional State;
- The role of religion in preserving traditional values;
- Ethno confessional dialogue: past experiences and the present;
- Spiritual and moral education of young people and basic values of civil identity;
- Interaction of state authorities and religious organizations on harmonization of inter-confessional and inter-ethnic relations;
- Philosophy of ethnicity: national and western concepts;
- Principles of globalization in solving ethno-confessional problems: human rights, freedom, citizenship of any other state, tolerance, multiculturalism, etc.;
- Ethno demographic problems in modern Russia.
During the Forum, an exhibition of arts and crafts was organized was organized by members of the Sevastopol Chamber of Craft. The main exposition presented dolls in national costumes of peoples living in Sevastopol and Crimea. In the centre there are dolls in costumes from the mid-19th century, the First Defence of Sevastopol, as a symbol of the unity of a multinational city of Sevastopol. Also, the products of Sevastopol art painting, pottery, wooden and clay toys, old Russian patterns were exhibited.
During the Forum-Festival, an Agreement on cooperation was signed between the Sevastopol Branch of the Assembly of peoples of Russia, represented by the Chairman of the Council Ruslan Koveyko, and the Union of Heroes of the Hero City of Sevastopol, represented by the Chairman, Hero of Russia Dmitry Polkovnikov.
As an outcome of the Forum-Festival, a resolution was adopted. According to the resolution, the participants unanimously approved the conclusion on the need to recognize the ethno-confessional forum-festival as a multifunctional educational and practical platform that will bring together representatives of state authorities, experts in the sphere of ethno-confessional relations, social projecting, as well as representatives of the established civil sector and potential civil society assets. They also made a number of proposals, in particular, to encourage and support socially oriented projects aimed at harmonizing ethnic and religious relations; to create special projects dedicated to the preservation of historical memory and patriotic education of young people; to take measures to create an educational program for training specialists in the field of interethnic and interfaith relations.
The participants of the Forum-Festival were awarded Certificates. Then there was a concert of a wonderful music and song compositions and poems.
REFERENCE: The Sevastopol International Ethno-Confessional Forum-Festival was implemented as part of the Crimean Eurasian School of Commonwealth using a Grant from the President of the Russian Federation for the development of civil society provided by the Presidential Grants Fund.
Press service of the SRB “Assembly of the Peoples of Russia”