The Whole World on PetrSU Stage
On December 15 PetrSU hosted the Festival of Nations, an astounding final event of the International Volunteer School, a project implemented with the financial support of the Federal Agency for Youth Affairs.
For the first time, the scene of the assembly hall of PetrSU welcomed students from 14 countries. The participants of the international volunteer program The Russian Language Ambassadors to the World presented Russia and played spoons accompanied by lively familiar song Valenki. The students from Jordan danced dabke, traditional Arabian dance.
The representatives of Africa, the students from Botswana, Benin, Equatorial Guinea, Zambia, RSA, and Ghana, prepared a colorful performance that included a demonstration of costumes, group dance, and freestyle. The Zambian student Phiri Chisomo sang a love song All I Want.
The audience listened to the sounds of Chinese traditional instrument xun and the songs in the French and Chinese languages. During the preparation for the Festival, the students have formed a duet as Karam from Jordan beatboxed while Anas from the UAE rapped. Those present also had a rare opportunity to hear an excerpt from the Divine Comedy by Dante in the original language.
The Kajahus ensemble demonstrated traditional costumes, sewn by the members of the ensemble, sang folk Karelian songs and played kantele, the musical instrument of Karelian and Finnish peoples. The final performance of the international students was the Turkmen dance, traditionally danced at the end.
The grand finale of the Festival was the uplifting song Million Voices, performed by the volunteers, who participated in the International Volunteer School. It was an exceptionally colorful and emotional festival.
“For our young project, the Festival became an outstanding and significant event. It is a unique event for the university and the city, as never before have so many international students performed on the big stage. We wanted to show what students study at PetrSU and how amazing the world around us can be,” said Anna Soboleva, the head of the project.