The program of includes performances of Tatar synthpop, Udmurt grunge, Chuvash jazz and more.
On September 25-26, the unique urban festival of the peoples of the Volga region “Itil” will be held in the capital of Tatarstan for the first time. It will take place in front of the Kazan Family Center and will combine music, theater, traditions and modern art of the peoples of the Volga region. Singer Manizha, the participant of the Eurovision – 2021, will become a headliner of the festival deputy head of the Executive Committee Guzel Sagitova said today at the Business Monday.
“Itil is the historical Turkic name of the Volga River. We have been choosing a name for the festival for a long time. This word in different variations is still used in many Turkic languages – she noted. - Itil is a river that gives strength, food, and fills with spirit all the peoples and nationalities living on its banks”.
The festival will take place at the Family Center Kazan on September 25-26 from 12:00 to 20:00. The visitors will have an opportunity to watch performances of Tatar synthpop, Udmurt grunge, as well as Chuvash jazz. Local artists, as well as musicians from Udmurtia, Mordovia, Chuvashia, Mari El and Bashkortostan will perform at the event.
Family workshops will take place on a separate site, where citizens will be able to create souvenirs or to practice a new craft. Clothes, jewelry, handmade goods can be purchased at the fair of the peoples of the Volga region, and at the food court the national cuisine will be presented.
A few days before the opening of the festival, an exhibition by artist Andrey Lyublinsky “Friendship of Peoples” will start working near the Kazan Family Center. Installation will consist of 15 sculptures made in the style of eight-bit games, depicting representatives of the peoples of the former Soviet Union. Several art objects will become an excellent area for photo shoots. One more art object will be installed in the water area of Kazanka. After the end of the festival, it is planned to burn it, marking the end of summer.
The tourism committees of the republics and cities of the Volga region will organize hospitality areas at the festival, where more information about the peoples of the Volga region, their culture and attractions will be presented.
The Mayor of the city Ilsur Metshin supported the idea of holding an ethno festival. “We believe that the new Itil festival will have a long history and will become a cultural event of Kazan for years to come”, - the head of the city noted.