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Paradelphic Games
Inclusive competitions of people with disabilities in the field of highest achievements in arts
24-29 November 2016

Moscow 2016

First International Paradelphic Games

About the Games

The First International Paradelphic Games were held for the first time in world history In Moscow in November, 2016. It is a series of creative competitions among disabled people of various nosologies in the field of culture and arts.

The All-Russian Union of Public Associations «National Paradelphic Committee of Russia» (NPCR) in cooperation with All-Russian public organizations of disabled people (All-Russian association of Blind People, All-Russian Society of Disabled People, All-Russian Society of Deaf People) was the organizer of the Paradelphic Games with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation and the public organization «The Union of Women of Russia».

The teams from the regions included winners and laureates of various national and international festivals and contests from among people with disabilities of various nosologies (visually impaired, hearing impaired, people with disabilities, people with disabilities due to mental illnesses, etc.), mostly delegated by governors of subjects of the Russian Federation or leaders regional public organizations of disabled people.

The way it happened

The first Paradelphiс games were held as presentation games. The Creative Council was set up. It included Honored Artists of Russia, Honored Art Workers of Russia — professional directors, actors, singers, producers, artists, etc.

More than 650 representatives from 43 constituent entities of the Russian Federation republics: Bashkortostan, Karelia, the Crimea, Tatarstan, the Chechen Republic, the Chuvash Republic; Administrative Regions: Krasnodar, Krasnoyarsk, Perm, Primorsky and Khabarovsk, areas: Arkhangelsk, Astrakhan, Belgorod, Volgograd, Vologda, Voronezh, Irkutsk, Kaliningrad, Kemerovo, Kirov, Kostroma, Kursk, Lipetsk, Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Omsk, Orenburg, Ryazan, Saratov, Smolensk, Tver, Tyumen, Ulyanovsk, Chelyabinsk, Yaroslavl; Major cities — Moscow and St. Petersburg and 12 countries (Kazakhstan, Belarus, France, Netherlands, Argentina, Spain, Portugal, Italy, etc.) gathered in Moscow for creative competitions.

Performances of participants in 8 nominations (fine art, audio-visual art, theatrical art, musical art, artistic expression, choreographic art, original genre and sign song) were held in 18 stages in Moscow: the State Museum — Ostrovsky humanitarian center «Preodoleniye», Eldar Club Museum, Belyaevo and Nagornaya State Galleries, Russian State Social University (RSSU), Russian State Specialized Arts Academy (RSSAA), Moscow City Kalinnikova Children’s Art School, Moscow House of War Veterans and Armed Forces, ZIL Cultural Center, RSSU Culture Centre, Shnittke Higher Music school (Institute), Central House of Scientists, Meierhold Center, Cultural and Sports Rehabilitation Complex of the All Russia Association of the Blind (ARAB). All sites were provided on a charitable basis.

The culmination of the Paradelphic Games was the final gala concert that took place on November 28 in the Great Hall of Congresses of the Cosmos Hotel (Moscow, Mira Ave, 150).

At the concert invited guests were the team «Angels of Hope» and the Academic Choir of the Schnittke Higher School of Music performed the Hymn of Russia. The member of the Creative Council of Paradelphic Games, the director and singer Alexander Levshin, the TV presenter Sergei Belogolovtsev and his son Eugene presented a fragment of the performance, Phillip Dares, a guest from France, created a lyrical mood for everyone.

More than 170 people (42 nominees) — participants of the Games were selected by the Games Creative Council to perform in the concert program of the gala concert.

The participants of the Paradelphic Games received welcome addresses from Dmitry Medvedev, Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation, Kirill — Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Olga Golodets, Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation Vladimir Medinsky, Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Protection of the Russian Federation Grigory Lekarev, Deputy Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation Veniamin Kaganov., Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, etc.

In December, the Council of the Federation hosted «The First International Paradelphic Games of 2016: Results and Prospects for Development» Round Table, organized by the Council of Federation Committee on International Policy.

Federal Assembly, Federation Council members Eduard Isakov (representative of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Region — Ugra), and Vladimir Krugli (representative from the Orel region), Larisa Tyurina (a representative from the Ryazan region) and others expressed their support and proposals for the further development of the Paradelphic Games.

The first International Paradelphic Games provided ample opportunities for people with disabilities to experience themselves in honest creative competition, stimulating their creative needs, aimed at multiplying the artistic wealth of Russian society, preserving and developing national cultural traditions.

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