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Vologda Region is about to raise the curtain on the "Year of Theatre".

Russian President Vladimir Putin officially designated 2019 as the Year of Theatre in Russia. The President resolved to hold the Year of Theatre in the Russian Federation in 2019 in order to further develop the art of theatre. Over 100 events are to be held in the Vologda Region within the framework of the Year of Theatre.

An icon from the Ustyuzhna Local Lore Museum is exhibited in the Vatican Museum at an exhibition from the Tretyakov Gallery "The Russian Path. From Dionysius to Malevich".

Today, on November, 19th the exhibition "The Russian Path. From Dionysius to Malevich" has opened in the Vatican. It depicts iconography with the XIX-XX centuries and shows the spiritual path of Russian art.

Large-scale celebrations took place in Veliky Ustyug where Ded Moroz marked his birthday at his wooden palace in the forests at Votchina on November 18th.

About 5,000 people visited Veliky Ustyug yesterday. Ded Moroz, or Grandfather Frost, lives more than 1000 kilometers northeast of Moscow, among pine forests on a cliff above the Sukhona River.

Russian Ded Moroz (Father Frost) will celebrate his birthday in Veliky Ustyug on November 18.

The date of the magician's birthday was chosen by weather chart makers as their long-term observations register that on that very day the ground of Veliky Ustyug is usually covered with a heavy snow blanket. No one knows his exact age. The first mentions of his appearance in noble Russian families on Christmas and New Year eve date back to the beginning of the 19th century.

On December 20 Kilt Club in Vologda presents Ray Brown Jr., an American jazz and blues pianist and singer.

Ray Brown Jr. was born in New York City and raised in a family of musical royalty (the son of singer Ella Fitzgerald and legendary jazz bass player Ray Brown).

On November 22nd JC Smith (USA) will play a blues concert in Northern Russia's cultural capital -Vologda.

JC Smith is an energetic and charismatic guitarist and singer.

Vologda cheese - one more claim to fame in Vologda Region.

Vologda Oblast Governor Oleg Kuvshinnikov visited a new cheese-making plant in Lipin Bor (Vashki District, Vologda Region) that manufactures hard and semi-hard cheese.

Russian Consul-General in Sapporo (Japan) presented Governor of the Japanese prefecture of Hokkaido with a picture painting by Russian-Swiss artist Alex Doll with a view of the Kirillo-Belozersky monastery ensemble.

Mr. Andrey Fabrichnikov, Consul-General of the Consulate-General of the Russian Federation in Sapporo presented Harumi Takahashi, Governor of the Japanese prefecture of Hokkaido with picture painting by Russian-Swiss artist Alex Doll with a view of the Kirillo-Belozersky monastery ensemble.

On November 12th Vologda Oblast Governor Mr. Kuvshinnikov paid a working visit to the District of Tot’ma and District of Kichmengsky Gorodok.

The visit was arranged as part of a series of visits throughout the Vologda Oblast examining economic and social development of regions.