Yamal at the State Hermitage Museum's Youth Education Centre
Yamal: it is specifically to this region of the Russian Federation that the educational programme was dedicated as part of the World Culture Days, which took place on 23 - 30 May 2008 at the Youth Education Centre of the State Hermitage Museum sponsored by the representative office of Yamalo-Nenetskiy Autonomous District in St. Petersburg.
On Friday 23 May the programme Yamal at the Youth Education Centre was opened with an exciting performance by the folklore group Severnoe Siyanie (The Northern Lights) from the Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia. Visitors saw the traditional Koryak Reindeer dance. The director of the Youth Centre S.V. Kudryavtseva along with representatives from Yamalo-Nenetskiy Autonomous District made opening addresses.
In the exhibition hall, pupils could see a photo exhibition 'Meet Yamal!' - the work of Daniil Khusainov. The scriptwriter and director Edgar Bartenev met with young people from St. Petersburg on 23 May and talked about work on the documentary film Yaptik-Khese. Focusing on the daily lives of a Nenets Yaptik family living on the Yamal peninsula, its traditions which have built up over the centuries and have been passed on from generation to generation, the film received critical acclaim, a grand-prix and diplomas from Russian and international film festivals. As part of the master-class on 24 May, everyone could learn a little about traditional, decorative applied art of the nations of the North: original paper, leather braiding, beads, bone carving.
It is no accident that Yamal's culture has attracted attention. Since 2005 a group of Yamal students have been working in the Youth Education Centre, having brought together Yamal students studying in St. Petersburg. The St. Petersburg - Hermitage programme is aimed at actively including youths in the life of the largest museum in the country, to become better acquainted with St. Petersburg's history and culture and the treasures of the richest collection of the State Hermitage Museum.
Today the section for students from Yamalo-Nenetskiy Autonomous District is continually expanding, and the programme Yamal in the Youth Centre is dedicated to the northern nations and is run with their direct participation. The students of the section under the mentorship of Youth Centre staff prepared an excursion for guests and on 23 -24 May talked to visitors about their region.