OUTLOOK World Culture Festival 2015 successfully took place! Photos. Part 1
OUTLOOK World Culture Festivalis a large-scale event of OUTLOOK Project that annually takes place in
Our team established it as a traditional event last year. In July, 2014 at InterContinental Hotel Kyiv first OUTLOOK World Culture Festival took place to also coincide with the official launching of our online media about the world, THEOUTLOOK.COM.UA.
Inspired by last year’s gala day, this time we decided to make the festival on a larger scale! The ceremony began with a salutary address of Deputy Mayor of
“On behalf of
On behalf of diplomatic corpse Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Uzbekistan in Ukraine Alisher Abdualiev delivered his opening speech:
“Today I have both a great honor and pleasure to greet participants of the festival of cultures of peoples of the world and I would like to take the opportunity to thank
Director General of GDIP Pavel Krivonos also delivered his salutary speech:
“This festival is held with the support of
Editor-In-Chief of online media about the world THEOUTLOOK.COM.UA and Director General of OUTLOOK Project Daria Kariakina thanked everyone who had joined the celebration:
“I would like to thank everyone who together with us has taken the initiative of promoting cultures of peoples of the world in the
Then red ribbon was solemnly cut as well as the cake of the festival. The festival was officially open! OUTLOOK World Culture Festival was attended by representatives of over 30 diplomatic missions, and special respect was paid with their presence by Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Moldova, Iraq, Pakistan, Romania, Georgia, Palestine, Turkey, Mexico, Lebanon, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan, Sudan, Morocco and Malaysia as well as representatives of state bodies.
All guests of the celebration, and there were about two thousand of them, could learn how many-sided different cultures were – the ones that orchestrators attempted to present in as many shapes as possible: displays of everyday items of various peoples, national dances, workshops, tasting and many other things!
Thus, within the framework of the event exhibition of national outfits presented by Embassies of different states as well as Clerical Board of
Embassy of the United States in Ukraine prepared for the visitors of the event an exhibition of a collection of unique artifacts called “History of Tribes: Art And Craft of American Indians of Southwest”. Among impressive exhibits there were drawing that decorated buffalo’s hide, feather headwear of Sioux tribe, adornments and necklaces from
In the territory of the festival unique workshops were constantly operating. Embassy of
Shared area was organized by Embassies of Arabic world representatives. Lebanon, Iraq, Kuwait and Palestine created for all guests an exhibition area of unique eastern items, among them elements of table decorations, traditional embroideries, forged and carved furniture, copper and bronze articles. And there was also a surprise awaiting female visitors! Every lady who attended the festival could feel herself an Eastern beauty by getting a real Arabic makeup as a present from professional makeup artist! And there was a workshop in kerchief tying from Clerical Board of Ukraine’s Muslims. Remarkably, not only were ladies sharing their skills but also telling about various ways to cover your head appropriate for married and young women.
Embassy of Indonesia impressed with exhibition of traditional instruments, brought from
Hospitable Ukbeks were warmly welcoming visitors of the event in their topical location, prepared by the Embassy of Uzbekistan. Invested in national outfits, students from
Female visitors of the event took fancy in the area of amazing
As to traditional crafts, during OUTLOOK World Culture Festival one could create a picture on water with own hands after learning basics of Turkish art of Ebru – when visiting a workshop arranged by the Embassy of Turkey in Ukraine.
Nook of cuisines of the world was presented by partners of OUTLOOK World Culture Festival – YOLO Restaurant and chillout café Chaikhona Bazaar.
Сhillout café CHAIKHONA BAZAAR (Tearoom Bazaar) is a restaurant, true picture of Eastern Bazaar, so generous, colorful, the one that impresses with abundance, colors and cordial climate! Specially for guests of our festival chef together with the restaurant’s team of cookery specialists cooked very delicious sambusiks, Tabouli Salad, various kebabs, samosa, eastern delights and many other things! And a life-sized doll of a sheep brought so much fun from the restaurant to children!
YOLO Restaurant also impressed with diversity of treats. In its menu you could find everything that allows you truly enjoy excellently cooked dishes, relax and have a pleasant time! Unusual spring rolls with sweet chili sauce, Italian bruschettas, French sorbets and Ukrainian vareniki were bringing joy to visitors of OUTLOOK World Culture Festival in the area of national cuisines! Cuban Mojito with addition of real reed was a favorite on this torrid May day.
Drinks of peoples of the world were presented by Embassy of Turkey in Ukraine, that treated guests with traditional Turkish coffee; Embassy of Sudan, that prepared four exotic drinks made of desert herbs; and partners of the event, Azerchaj Company, that treated guests with their nosey high-quality products.
Organizational assistance in creation of large scale fest and location of cuisines of peoples of the world was rendered by InterContinental Hotel Kyiv – quality and service in the heart of Kiev.
In the territory of the festival unique photo areas operated constantly that allowed every willing person to get to various spots of the world for several minutes: to bright Italy with a touching mine, to romantic France or a nook of fairy-tale Denmark, prepared and executed by professionals and partners of the event, BLOOM DESIGN STUDIO! Now that we’ve mentioned it, here, alongside picturesque photos, every one could also get as a souvenir own silhouette cut out by silhouettist dressed as a real Andersen! By the way, pen expert himself, alongside literature, was very fond of this art. And in the area of Belarus, that enjoyed special popularity among children, cute articles of straw were made.
And there is no way to pass over colorful stand of Latin American countries! Mexico, that is associated with bright colors and festive feeling, was presented by attributes and exhibits of people just as colorful – Huichol. Unique technique of creating incredible household items, sometimes out of materials on hand, was such a riot of colors that visitors could hardly refrain from touching those masterpieces of patterns made of seed beads.
Argentina, in turn, emphasized on items, that have become true symbols of the state and carry its glory far beyond its borders. Flowery wine and accessories of traditional mate drinking, silver bombillas, leather articles were worthy adornments of Argentine area. And, of course, everyone interested could compare and find differences in techniques of creating traditional Mexican and Argentine poncho.
Sure enough, as citizens of the country that hosts the festival, we couldn’t but arrange Ukrainian location. There was a photo area with authentic view of Ukrainian house ‘khata’ with addition of traditional household items and with a charming Ukrainian lady who was giving every guest blue-and-yellow ribbon as a souvenir! And performance of “Kalynovy Haj” band with its distinctiveness and skills got imbedded in hearts of visitors.
For those willing to get acquainted with cultures of various peoples through national dancing and singing routines, there was permanently operating cultural and entertaining program on stage of OUTLOOK World Culture Festival. Catching Brazilian, Azerbaijani, Argentine, Uzbek, Afghan, African, Bulgarian, Kazakh, Mexican routines and routines of Crimean Tatars charged everyone with national colors!
Constant solemn and at the same time joyful atmosphere on stage was maintained by inimitable host of the event Kirill Kapustin (Russkoe Radio Ukraine)! Not only guests of the even applauded his professionalism and subtle humor – team of OUTLOOK does it with pleasure, too. Funny lotteries and quizzes served by the host made the festival even more cordial! Every guest, upon answering tricky questions from Embassies and OUTLOOK, could get souvenirs from different nooks of the world as a present!
OUTLOOK World Сulture Festival will be taking place annually as a bottom-line event for the project’s activities for the period. Announcements of all future events can be kept track of on our web site.
Team of OUTLOOK thanks everyone who took part in orchestration of this large-scale fest and believes that every year horizons of the event will broaden!