A presentation of the “Young Talents – Peace Ambassadors” project has taken place at a gala dedicated to Diplomat’s Day. The project of the Association of Laureates of the International Tchaikovsky Competition is based on the idea of boosting interstate cultural relations by youth diplomacy.
The event was organized by the Council of Young Diplomats under the MFA of Russia, GlavUpDK under the MFA of Russia, and the Association of Laureates of the International Tchaikovsky Competition.
The ceremony was attended by State Duma Foreign Affairs Council Chairman Leonid Slutsky, Director of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Department for Liaison with Federation Constituents, Parliament, and Civic Organizations Semyon Grigoryev, Chairman of the Association of Russian Diplomats’ Board Igor Khalevinsky, head of the Women’s Council of the MFA of Russia Tatiana Gureyeva, head of GlavUpDK Vyacheslav Logutov, and Chairman of the Council of Young Diplomats under the MFA of Russia Konstantin Kolpakov. One hundred and twenty diplomats from 70 countries were guests of the ceremony.
General Director of the “Young Talents – Peace Ambassadors” project and Deputy General Director of the Association of Laureates of the International Tchaikovsky Competition Ivan Shcherbak hosted the ceremony. His opening remarks underlined the importance of culture as a universal mechanism bolstering friendship between states.
Leonid Slutsky told the audience about the importance of the Council of Young Diplomats’ participation in establishing an effective international dialogue and carrying on the glorious traditions of the Foreign Ministry.
For his part, Vyacheslav Logutov expressed hope that the “Young Talents – Peace Ambassadors” project will gain a broad support of the international diplomatic corps.
Young musicians, laureates of the International Tchaikovsky Competition and other contests, among them composer Rakhat-Bi Abdysagin (Kazakhstan), the Tchaikovsky Youth Quartet (Russia), pianist Alisia Levina (Russia), violinist Ruslan Turuntayev (Kazakhstan), pianist Hiroki Nakayama (Japan), violinist and pianist Maria Andreyeva (Russia), and composer Svyatoslav Ovodov (Russia), gave a music performance.
The Cultural Center’s lobby housed an exhibition of works by young artists from the Academy of Watercolor and Fine Arts of Sergey Andriyaka.
The Council of Young Diplomats is a youth civic organization under the MFA of Russia founded at the initiative of the ministry’s administration and active young specialists. The Council aims at fostering professional development of young employees, traditions of diplomatic service, and motivation of the young.
The Association of Laureates of the International Tchaikovsky Competition has been promoting interstate cultural contacts for almost 30 years. Several thousand young people from over 60 countries have been given a chance of starting a grand musical career through a series of contests (the main of which is the International Tchaikovsky Youth Competition), festivals, concerts, and other projects of the Association.