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SOCHI, December 11. /ITAR-TASS/. Around 5,000 representatives of Russian culture will perform for guests of the Sochi Olympics in an unprecedented cultural marathon on February 5-23.
"An extensive and very interesting program of the Games which will reflect Russia's immense cultural wealth will be a bright culmination of the Sochi 2014 Cultural Olympics watched by more than three million people over the past four years," the press service of the Sochi- 2014 Organizing Committee told Itar-Tass.
Russia's ethnic ensembles from the Polar region, Siberia, the State Academic Choir of the Kuban region, folk dance ensembles from Dagestan, Chechnya, Udmurtia, the Russian folk ensemble from the Nenets autonomous territory, a folk choir from Orenburg will represent diverse cultural traditions of the people of the Russian Federation. The Sochi Winter Theater will host gala concerts of Russia ballet dancers and the world renowned Igor Moiseyev Song and Dance Company.
A big arts festival to be held under the patronage of Yuri Bashmet will unite music, theater, cinema and painting art. World opera stars and Russia's prominent musicians - Barbara Frittoli, Erwin Schrott, Ian Bostridge, Denis Matsuyev and Viktor Tretyakov will perform for the guests of the Sochi Olympics.
The organizers are planning events which will be a pleasant surprise for the guests of the Olympics, including a new composition by Kshishtof Penderetsky, Mozart's compositions which are rarely performed in Russia and melodies by Italian composers of the 19th-20th centuries. A gala concert at which Yuri Bashmet will be starring will crown the cultural festival.
During the Olympics there will be quite a few outdoor and indoor concert grounds, including the so-called "Live Sites - unique places for festivities with a stage and a tremendous screen.
There will be free admission to most of the events to be held in the framework of the Sochi Olympics cultural program.
The Sochi 2014 cultural Olympics will represent the best cultural events held in Russia in 2010- 2014. Every year was devoted to a particular kind of art: the year 2010 was devoted to cinema, 2011 was a Year of the Theater, 2012 was proclaimed a Year of Music, and 2014 will be a Year of Museums.