Russia takes centre stage at Cannes festival

18th August 2004, Comments 0 comments

MOSCOW, Aug 17 (AFP) - The Moisseyev Ballet, the Baltic fleet orchestra and artisans from the southern Russian city of Tula are all set to feature at the Russian Art Festival, hosted by the swish southern French town of Cannes later this month, organisers said Tuesday.

MOSCOW, Aug 17 (AFP) - The Moisseyev Ballet, the Baltic fleet orchestra and artisans from the southern Russian city of Tula are all set to feature at the Russian Art Festival, hosted by the swish southern French town of Cannes later this month, organisers said Tuesday.

The annual festival from August 24 until 28 opens on a historic day - it marks the liberation of Cannes from the Nazis, they added.

"The festival will open the day of Cannes' liberation from the Nazis, a celebration which will be marked with Russian music," Tatiana Shumova, festival organiser told reporters.

The Moisseyev Ballet is to feature Korean and Moldovan dances, the director of the ballet Elena Cherbakova said.

Tula, a region about 190 kilometres (118 miles) south of Moscow formerly closed to foreigners because of its armament factories, will show the public in Cannes how weapons are manufactured, but also demonstrate the craft of making items such as samovars and lace.

The Moscow Academic Theatre of Classical Ballet is also to lift the curtain on the world premiere of the ballet "Sleeping Beauty", the group's artistic director Natalia Kassatkina said.

And four Russian films are also lined up for festival-goers, all winners of Russian and international prizes.

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