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The winners of the Moscow Masters competition, employees of the Nagorny, Nagatino and Berendey cultural centers, talked to

At the end of June, the best cultural and educational workers of the capital were selected at the Moscow Masters competition of professional skills. The final took place at the Moscow Multifunctional Cultural Center.

Ten finalists presented their projects under the general title “My Project – From Idea to Result”. Their performances were evaluated by a jury consisting of leading experts, theorists and practitioners in the field of leisure and culture.

As a result, three winners were selected and a special prize “Hope of Culture” was awarded.

Veronica Ablamskaya, House of Culture “Nagorny”

The first place was taken by Veronika Ablamskaya, artistic director of the House of Culture “Nagorny”, with the project “Mirror”. Its main goal is to teach older people how to create interesting video content, share it on social networks, communicate with subscribers and feel comfortable in the media space.

“The choice of this topic was due to the fact that people over 60 often feel as if their time has passed, there is a wall of incomprehension in front of them. And my project is aimed at making them feel happy and do not lose motivation for creativity in any circumstances, ”said the winner.

Veronika Ablamskaya is a theater director by profession. During the pandemic, she, together with colleagues from the House of Culture, organized and conducted many concerts and master classes online: the New Year’s concert “Magic in Nagorny”, the literary and musical evening “Tender than Tender”, dedicated to the 130th anniversary of the birth of Osip Mandelstam, a concert congratulations “You are beautiful, women of Russia”, spring reporting concert “Dacha on Mount Fm”, creative evenings of collectives of the House of Culture.

“Of course, it was not easy at the beginning of the journey, because most of the audience of our House of Culture is people of venerable age. But we were pleasantly surprised that they liked the online format, which we will keep in the future, in addition to our offline activities, ”said Veronica.

Anna Menshova, House of Culture “Berendey”

Anna Menshova, artistic director of the Berendey House of Culture, took part in such competitions for the first time and immediately took second place. She presented the project “City competition of hand-made books and art books“ Write / Draw ”” for children and adolescents who like not only to write stories, but also to illustrate them.

“Art books and picture books are unique books, travel diaries, fairy tales, stories, sketchbooks, collages and drawings, collected in one notebook. Their creation is a process in which the writing of text, the creation of a visual range, and the construction of a book are combined. Such a variety of tasks teaches children to think in volume, to go beyond the usual formats. Mixing different genres, they can come up with something new, ”says Anna.

The Berendey House of Culture, where Anna Menshova works, lives in a new reality dictated by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, she said, employees quickly adapted to the new formats.

“We have retained some online work formats. For example, in the “Letter Room” reading club, the participants read and comment on books on the Zoom platform for a month. But at the end they still hold an offline meeting with a quiz, discussion of what has been read and demonstration of creative works, ”notes Anna Menshova.

Olga Golubeva, Nagatino Palace of Culture

Olga Golubeva is a vocal coach, she directs the Nouvelle Colombe musical theater and the Estrellita vocal ensemble at the Nagatino Palace of Culture.

“It is a great happiness to go to work every day with pleasure! To be a guide in the world of creativity, to give people the feeling of a holiday, to show art, to reveal its inner beauty. A cultural and educational worker is a lifestyle with a very noble mission, ”she says about her profession.

The project, with which the participant of the competition took third place, is called “The Singing City”, its goal is to expand the network of city venues where people of all ages can learn to sing according to Olga Golubeva’s author’s method.

In the last year, despite the pandemic, Olga and her colleagues have always been in touch with their charges.

“We found an opportunity for joint and individual creativity, opened new interesting formats of work. I studied the technical issues related to sound, recording, audio and video processing even more seriously. And we also had the opportunity not only not to lose shape, but also to “travel” half the world, collecting many awards from prestigious international competitions, ”recalls Olga Golubeva.

Now the final concerts of this season are being held in “Nagatina” and a new program is being developed.

Olga Zorina, cultural center “Moskvorechye”

Olga Zorina received a special prize “The Hope of Culture” for the project of the first international festival-competition of folk culture “Russian Divo”.

Until recently, she worked in the cultural centers of the Moscow region, and since the beginning of last year, she has been implementing creative projects in the Moskvorechye cultural center. The most important of them is a project related to the dissemination and preservation of the heritage of folk culture.

“Studying Russian folk culture, I realized that the regions of the country still have unique ancient knowledge about folklore – songs, dances. People are restoring ancient crafts: stitching, cutting Mazyk toys, creating waxes, Easter eggs, paper and wax flowers. I had a desire to unite them at the site of the Russian Marvel competition, so that they could show all the richness of folk culture, ”says Olga Zorina about her project.

Olga started working in Moscow just during the pandemic. According to her, the audience of the Moskvorechye Cultural Center has adapted so much to the online format during this time that people are asking to keep it.

“Thanks to the pandemic, even grandparents from distant Russian villages can“ visit ”our cultural center, receiving individual feedback. In addition, being, albeit virtually, together with like-minded people is rewarding and inspiring, ”she says.

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