On Sunday, April 18, FESTFU’s foreign students visited the Vavilovo Manor - a territory created in the old style and combining the traditions of Russian hospitality with European comfort.
The excursion was attended by students from the Arab Republic of Egypt, the People's Republic of China and the Republic of Korea under the guidance of the Director of the International Institute Svetlana Katkova.
Foreign students got acquainted with the traditional life of the people of Russia, the history of Russian costume, and also studied the folklore presented in the museum of gingerbread art. It is noteworthy that the palace of the greedy old woman, the Swan Princess and Prince Guidon, the kingdom of Saltan and other exhibits from the tales of Alexander Pushkin are made of gingerbread, sugar glaze and mastic.
The historical sector was the first place visited by international students this year.
Mohamed Abdelfattah and Mohamed Fahmi from the Arab Republic of Egypt shared their impressions of what they saw and heard.
«Thank you! It was a great day. My friends and I learned a lot about Russia and its traditions. We really liked the gingerbread museum, because we are familiar with the work of Alexander Pushkin "The Tale of the Fisherman and the Fish". We will definitely read other fairy tales in the future. It was one of the best days in Russia. Thanks to our FESTFU for an unforgettable evening ", - said the students.
The culmination of the excursion program was a concert performed by laureates of international and all-Russian competitions. Students listened to popular jazz tunes from the repertoire of Louis Armstrong, Ray Charles, The Beatles and Stevie Vander, as well as jazz versions of musical works by Soviet composers.
“I love going to instrumental concerts, especially here in Russia, because I think Russian musicians are the best. Today it was proved for me once again“, - said Huang TZ-Shiuan, a student from Taiwan.
Due to the difficult epidemiological situation, students and teachers throughout the excursion used personal protective equipment, in addition, a large bus was ordered, which allowed free seating. The organizers of the concert, in turn, aired and provided quartz treatment for the premises before the concert and during the act-wait.
In the nearest future the children will have new excursions to the historical places of the capital of the Far East, where they will continue their acquaintance with Russian culture and language.