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Today, December 17, 2019 Ilkit modern ethnocultural centre held its grand opening in Olenek, the centre of Olenek Evenki National District. ALROSA allocated 280 million rubles for its construction.

The head of Yakutia Aisen Nikolaev, representatives of the government, the State Assembly (Il Tumen), as well as executive authorities of Yakutia attended the opening ceremony. ALROSA was represented by Alexey Dyachkovsky, Deputy Director General of the company, and Pavel Marinychev, Director General of Almazy Anabara.

"ALROSA understands the uniqueness of Olenek Evenki National District. The new ethnocultural centre is another step of the company in creating conditions for the preservation of Evenks’ intangible cultural heritage. Bright, interesting, and talented people live and work in the district. They preserve and transfer the centuries-old experience and knowledge of their ancestors to the new generation. They make a significant contribution to the revival and development of the traditional cultural environment, carry out a lot of work to promote and respect the traditions and life of the indigenous people of the North. It is very remarkable that the new cultural object appeared in the year of the 85th anniversary of Olenek Evenki National District," said Alexey Dyachkovsky, the Deputy Director General of the company.

The new centre designed for 150 seats is located in a two-storey building with a total area of 1,390 m2. The facility has a modern auditorium for 200 seats, a cinema hall for 49 seats, a ritual hall in the form of urasa, a dance room, rooms for choral, theatrical and other classes, and a canteen with an Internet zone. In addition, a registry office and a library will operate there. All rooms have modern equipment.

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"The main task of the centre is to preserve the traditional culture, language, and folk art of the indigenous peoples of the North. Ensembles will be able to rehearse and applied arts will develop now. We have many craftsmen in the area whose talents should develop. Therefore, we are very pleased with the opening of the ethnocultural centre. On top of that, we have a large cinema now," said the Head of Olenek Evenki National District administration Alexander Ivanov.

During the opening ceremony, the Son of Uren Hosun monument was installed. The bronze statue of an Evenki boy that became the image of the legendary warrior’s descendant was the result of the famous artist and sculptor Afanasiy Romanov’s creative gift.

Reference: Olenek Evenki National District is located in the North-West of Yakutia above the Arctic circle. Its area is 318.1 thousand km2, 10% of the total territory of the Republic. The distance from Yakutsk, the capital of the Republic, to Olenek, the district centre, by land is 2,026 km, by air – 1,270 km. The district is home to approximately 4 thousand Evenks. Evenks are a unique people and have a distinctive culture formed for thousands of years in harsh natural conditions. Their lifestyle differs in a special way of management and their world view. They commonly have an extremely careful attitude to the environment.

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