On November 19 and 20, the Russian Centre for Science and Culture in Paris hosted the days of cultural and national heritage of Bashkortostan Republic, attended by the representative delegation headed by the Prime Minister of the Republic's Government Rustem Mardanov.
The event, dedicated to the 20th anniversary of Bashkortostan's cooperation with UNESCO, was held on the eve of celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Bashkortostan Republic in 2019
Bashkortostan makes a noticeable contribution to the development of the international UNESCO movement. As the area is geographically located in Europe, its population is marked with a broad ethno-confessional composition; there are numerous monuments of historical, cultural and natural heritage, as well as a broad network of educational, scientific and cultural institutions.
The Russian Center for Science and Culture served as a venue for a large-scale scientific and documentary exhibition dedicated to two UNESCO-nominated sites: "Rock Paintings of Shulgan-Tash Cave" – to be promoted to the World Heritage List, and "Yangan-Tau", the first geopark submitted by the Russian Federation, — to be included into the Global Geoparks Network.
During the presentation opening solemn ceremony, Prime Minister Mardanov noted that "the most important task for the world culture is to preserve the most unique and valuable historical heritage objects and present them to the widest range of people on our planet." Special attention was paid to the comprehensive work of Russian and international experts to prepare the nominated objects for the entry in UNESCO lists.
The RCSC Director Konstantin Volkov said in this welcome address to the presentation participants that it was a great honor for the Center to greet such a representative delegation of the Bashkortostan Republic. He proudly opened the doors for this unique and highly professional exhibition. This event is far from being the first and definitely not the last one regarding the support of RCSC projects aimed at promoting Russian projects at UNESCO.
The unique value of the proposed Bashkir objects, the high-quality elaboration of relevant files were mentioned by the Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of Russia to UNESCO Alexander Kuznetsov and French researches in their addresses.
Minister-Counselor of the Russian Embassy in France Artem Studennikov and Trade Representive of Russia in France Alexander Turov stressed the willingness to continue actively promoting the presentations of the cultural, tourist and economic potential of the Russian regions.
The official opening of the exhibition was followed by a reception, held on behalf of the Government of Bashkortostan, accompanied by masters of art of the Republic.
On November 20, in the framework of the presentation's business section, RCSC hosted two round tables dedicated to the two UNESCO-nominated objects. The participants of the round tables included UNESCO experts, Russian and foreign scientists, specialists of French and foreign museums-reserves, museum complexes and geoparks that received UNESCO international status, and other guests.
Concluding the results of the presentation and expert meetings, the participants expressed the hope that the events in Paris had made a significant contribution to familiarizing the foreign public with the unique natural and cultural heritage of Bashkortostan, and expanded the horizons of cooperation between the Russian Federation and UNESCO in the joint implementation of new programs.
The delegation of Bashkortostan Republic thanked the Russian Centre for Science and Culture in Paris for their assistance in organizing and conducting a large-scale cultural project.