The governor of the Leningrad region, Alexander Drozdenko, opened a photo exhibition “The World in Faces” as part of the 41st session of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe (CE).
As specified, the project is dedicated to documenting and preserving vulnerable ethnic cultures in different countries. According to the governor, the exhibits of the Russian photographer, Alexander Himushin, depicts representatives of minor peoples of Russia.
“I am sure that this impressive project will draw attention to the importance of preserving original cultures,” Drozdenko said.
According to him, over the past 30 years, the number of minor indigenous peoples in the Russian Federation has even increased by 20 per cent.
“We have representatives of more than 140 nationalities living in the Leningrad Region, including representatives of three minor peoples – Veps, Izhora, Vod. From the regional budget, we finance museums of indigenous culture, language courses, folk festivals and much more. This allows people to preserve their identity, not only to remember their past but also to share unique traditions,” Drozdenko told.
He added that the exhibition has already contributed to the fact that some of the congress participants are thinking about expanding cultural exchange with Russia.