24 March 2010, Wednesday, 10:52

Dialogue between Bashkortostan and Baden-Wurttemberg

author: Elmira Sabirova | photo: Raif Badykov

"Such international meetings prompt us to treat differently such habitual notions as cultural diversity, humanitarian cooperation, tolerance," Martin Burkle, the burgomaster of Buhl (Baden) said during the meeting with the delegation of the Committee of Bashkortostan for UNESCO affairs. This meeting took place in the city hall. We would remind you that this event is organized within the framework of the international project titled "The Dialogue of world nations’ cultures".

It stands to mention that despite the differences in state structure, well-being, mentality between Bashkortostan and Baden-Wurttemberg and its constituent Buhl-Baden the regions have much in common. Baden-Wurttemberg is among the most developed regions of Germany. Our republic also takes the leading position by many characteristics among the regions of the Russian Federation. Another resemblance lies in the fact that Baden-Wurttemberg is a multi-national land. 111 nations live there, whereas nations living in Bashkortostan number 130 in all.

Within the framework of goodwill communication, the parties discussed educational and cultural problems. For example, they touched upon such issues as specialist training, cluster education, additional education.

Ulfat Yumaguzin, the executive director of the RB Committee for UNESCO affairs, noted that Bashkortostan and Germany were tied by longstanding business and friendly relations. He voiced a hope for further cooperation with the hospitable Land of Baden-Wurttemberg.

German colleagues became interested in what objects of Bashkortostan pretend to be put on the list of UNESCO world cultural heritage. According to Ulfat Yumaguzin, these are the Bashkir nature reserve in Burzyan region and the Shulgan-Tash Cave (the Kapova Cave), Bashkir folk epos "Ural-batyr", national holiday of Turkic nations Sabantuy. The burgomaster mentioned that Baden-Baden and, in particular, the famous Lichtental Alley deserved the attention of the world public.

The program of the meeting in the city hall was concluded with the magical sounds of kurai (saltwort) and the Bashkir folk song performed by the Honoured Artist of Bashkortostan Saida Ilyasova and the famous kurai player Ilshat Ishmuratov.

The foreign partners admired their masterly performance making special mention of the singer's unique voice.

The delegations exchanged traditional souvenirs. Apart from the formal event, there was a meeting with compatriots, expatriate Bashkirs.