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A wonderful cultural establishment in Siberia
Translation by Omsk interpreter Mary Konovalova

Siberian Cultural Centre was founded by Omsk Culture and Art committee in 1996. It became a part of a State Centre of national culture and formed a department of traditional Russian culture in 2002. It is a diversified and multifunctional cultural institution of a new kind that deals with problems of saving and developing Russian national culture, art trades and crafts in the region. An Agency takes part in programming and projecting, develops regulatory acts that favour the development of the national traditions in Omsk Oblast. It also coordinates regional centers activity, takes part in professional training, retraining and advanced training of the specialized staff, studies and applies the experience of other regions, the renewal of the national holiday calendar system in the region, promote ethno cultural trends in media.

Among the most popular ethno cultural projects of Siberian Cultural Centre we can name annual inter-regional festivals as:

-inter-regional Russian national culture festival "Egoriy Khorobriy";

-inter-regional national festive occasion "Troitskiye Gulaniya";

-inter-regional national crafts festive occasion "Pokrovskaya fair";

-regional competition of the national costume maters "Ethno Style";

-regional competition of innovational traditional culture projects "Alive tradition".

Siberian Cultural Centre supports masters of the national art crafts and trades, organizes and carries out folk and ethnographical expeditions. It also carries out practical training session concerning different kinds of national art, decorative and applied arts exhibitions, national festive occasions, folk concerts, youth evenings, theme classes (folk toy, Ural-Siberian painting, Siberian icon, national calendar, spiritual verse, national embroidery, national everyday dances, traditional clothes etc.) We have an art-expert council that takes care of the national art crafts in Omsk Oblast, a collection of the national culture pieces, folk archive, a specialized library on the premises of Siberian Cultural Centre.

A lot of national groups work here: folk-ethno graphical ensemble-laboratory "Bereginiya" (V. Bagrintseva), carving in bone art workshop "Arkhaika" (N. Peristov), group of the patchwork "Loskytok" (V. Maximova), Russian music ensemble "Kitezh" (D. Paramonov), national costume workshop "Ethno style" (T. Repina), folk studio "Sretenie", (E. Cheshegorova), as well as amateur groups like youth club "Vechorka" and cane weaving club "Kyzovok".

You can place an order for:

-making national culture trade and crafts items;

-making a national costume;

-holding parties according to national traditions.

Address:
Russia, Omsk, 644010, L. Martinovs boulevard, 6. Phone # 30-43-09

e-mail: terem-omsk@mail.ru- Russian traditional culture development Agency (Siberian Culture Centre)
Great craftsman of the Center
Translation by Omsk interpreter Ann.

Peristov Nikolai Vasilievich is an artistic carver from Omsk, the pupil of Victor Stepanovich Sinitskikh the master of
Siberian carving art.

In 1978 he entered Graphic department of Omsk Teacher's Training Institute, which he graduated in 1983. Nikolai Peristov
is the head of unique for this region folk studio - mammoth tusk carving studio "Archaica" under Siberian Cultural Center
- that was founded in 1996 and in 2007 proved its status as a folk studio.

His craftworks have filled up private collections in Russia as well as abroad and also they are exhibited in Omsk Art
museum.

The information about the artist was placed in Russian Encyclopedia "The best people of Russia-2004".

In 2007, he got a letter of appreciation from Culture and Press Minister of Russian Federation (A.S. Sokolov) for
contribution to Art and Culture development.
For great creative accomplishments and merits in Art and Culture development he was awarded by I.G. Andreev prize and
bestowed as Omsk administration laureate for merits in Art and Culture development in 2002.

In Nikolai Vasilievich opinion in traditional Russian school it's impossible to learn handicraft without studying
ethnography - studying native land, folk costume history, religion of certain region of Russia.
He presents his works in exhibitions: historical cognitive - From the bottom of Om' river to Omsk downtown - (coins,
armament, utensils and etc.) in 2003, exhibition of mortars and other utensils dated back to 18-20 century, Nikolai
Vasilievich organizes travelling exhibitions all over Omsk region as well. He took part in exhibitions in Scotland
(2004), Switzerland, Luxemburg, France; in all regional exhibitions ( VTTV, Inter-Sib), he also organized personal
exhibitions: in (1998) and in Siberian Cultural Center (2001).
At present time Nikolai Vasilievich works with 5-7 pupils. And it bears fruits: Maxim Golub has become a winner of
international art competition Delphic Games in Krasnoyarsk, 2005, and Mickail Peshkin - in Ladia-2007 (Moscow).

Except traditional for this handicraft works Nikolai Vasilievich with his pupils also creates utterly artistic original
works: embossments on fossil ivory surface. Skillfully carved handicrafts such as icons, beads, combs, earrings, brooches,
pendants, hairgrips, chessmen are in constant demand. Mummoth tusk has a unique netlike texture in transverse section that
allows recognizing noble material in handicrafts.
Carver's hands transform once organic material that ages made mineral and harder than marble into the finest carved
ornaments or beads inimitable in its colours painted by clay over the ages, or diminutive sculptures depicting really
existing animals as well as mythological ones and fairy tale characters.
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