Some 90 choirs and ensembles will sing at the Dobrovidenie international folk song festival.
The international Dobrovidenie folk song festival is to be held in St. Petersburg. On October 9, some 90 choirs and ensembles and 800 festival participants will perform in 24 halls of the Russian Museum of Ethnography.
The gala concert will take place on October 10 as Pelageya, the Valaam Monastery choir, the State Omsk Russian folk choir and many other performers will sing at Sibur Arena.
Vladimir Kirillov, Vice Governor of St. Petersburg, believes it is quite logical that the multi-ethnic city has become a venue for such an event. There are more than 200 ethnic associations in St. Petersburg, he reminded.
Dobrovidenie is a sort of alternative for Eurovision, the idea was first voiced by Oleg Nikov, Deputy of the State Duma, who suggested organizing a song contest where participants would sing in their mother tongue wearing traditional dress.
The first folk song festival under the Dobrovidenie brand was held in St. Petersburg in 2016 in the Museum of Ethnography.