A Russian week, which is a joint initiative of the Ministry of Arts and Culture and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade, in collaboration with the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Mauritius, will be held from 23 March to 1 April 2018 in the context of celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of the Independence of the Republic of Mauritius.

The Ambassador of the Russian Federation, Mr Konstatin Klimovskiy, made this announcement yesterday at a press conference in Port Louis.

The Russian week, will comprise a musical concert of the New Russian Quartet and the Duet Russian Soul and a film week. The musical concert will be held on Tuesday 27 March 2018 at 19 hrs 30 at Serge Constantin Theatre, Vacoas while the film week will kick start on Friday 23 March at MCine Trianon at 18 hrs 15. These events will further consolidate the cultural ties between the two countries and the projection of Russian films will be a great opportunity for Mauritians to get an insight of the Russian traditions and culture, he said.

Ambassador Klimovskiy recalled that Russia and Mauritius are celebrating 50 years of diplomatic ties as Mauritius and Russia established diplomatic relations few days after Mauritius achieved its Independence in 1968. Both countries share an excellent mechanism on the political front, he said while stressing the need to further strengthening the shared political and economic ties. The priorities for Mauritius are also geared towards projects related to cultural heritage, development of cultural industries and other cultural events, he added.

The Ambassador also spoke of the current Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on cultural cooperation between the two countries which was signed on 11 March 2011. The MOU, promotes the exchange of musical, theatre, ballet, folklore, artistic groups and single performers in arts festivals.

He further stated that Russia has a long history of rich cultural heritage in areas of literature, philosophy, classical music and architecture which have a considerable potential to influence world cultures.

Source: Government of Mauritius