First “Arctic World” exhibition fair opens in Yakutsk
On March 18, the first "Arctic World" inter-regional exhibition fair opened in an impressive setting in Yakutsk. The event aims to preserve, promote and popularize traditions of applied decorative art and handicrafts of small indigenous ethnic groups in sub-Arctic areas, Siberia and the Russian Far East, the official site of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) reported.
"The Arctic is a very complicated, diverse and beautiful world boasting unique traditions, culture and customs, Yakutia's Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Solovyov told visitors. He recalled that the fair was taking place in the run-up to two other important events — Arctic Day in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) and the second anniversary of Crimea's reunification with Russia.
He wished participants every success and a good mood.
"It is precisely thanks to you that we can now see the diverse cultural folk traditions of the Arctic. I'm happy to note that native speakers, members of small indigenous Arctic ethnic groups and heirs to their spiritual heritage are involved in the exhibition fair. These events have great significance for strengthening inter-ethnic peace, accord and tolerance," Solovyov noted.