Last weekend of August in Donetsk has always been celebrated on a grand scale. Two holidays at once - the Day of the City and the Day of the Miner - for the citizens merge into one big holiday. On the night of 30 on 31 in August 1935, the legendary miner Alexei G. Stakhanov, together with two builders, set a famous record, producing 102 tons of coal. This is more than 10 times the norm. From here went the Stakhanov movement. After the war, in the 1947 year, the Soviet leadership established the 30 of August Miner's Day. And of course, that in the mining lands, including the Donbass, this day became one of the main holidays.
August 2014 of the year was stained with blood, shells exploded everywhere, and most of the traditional festive events were canceled for security purposes (although even under such conditions it was possible, although very modestly, but to celebrate the holiday). Then Alexander Zakharchenko expressed the hope that next year Miner's Day would be held in a peaceful atmosphere.
And now, a year later, there is no need to talk about peace, but the situation has become somewhat quieter. And the Republic was able to arrange a real extravaganza. Last week, especially on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, many events took place at the same time: exhibitions, fairs, festivals, concerts, and solemn meetings. It was all physically impossible to visit. Festive events were held in other cities of the DPR - Gorlovka, Shakhtersk, Torez, Snezhniy ...
These holidays did not go without tears in their eyes. On Friday, August 28, in the Leninsky Komsomol Park, not far from the memorial "Your Liberators, Donbass", a new monument was opened to the residents and heroes of the current war. It is designed as a bouquet of mournful black roses growing from a shell.
A documentary film by German journalist Mark Barthalmay “Ukrainian agony.” Took place at the Zvezdochka cinema in Donetsk. Hidden War. Bartalmay is one of the few Western journalists who dared not only to come to the Donbass on the hottest days, but also to tell the truth in the most difficult conditions of pseudo-democracy. In his film, he exposes the organizers of the Kiev Maidan as the main culprits and instigators of the war.
A lot of people came to film screenings. This, of course, is wonderful, but a problem arose - the hall could not accommodate everyone. Those who did not have enough seats were forced to sit in cramps on the floor in the aisles for more than an hour and a half. But - patiently sat and watched.
A resident of the city Torez Yury Davydenko in the Donetsk Republican Art Museum held a photo exhibition "Donbass - my homeland." She was dedicated to the memory of his son, who died tragically in the mine. Unfortunately, mining work, despite all the technical innovations, remains very dangerous, and many miners do not come back.
The photographer presented his landscape works, revealing the beauty of the mining region. And, even if it is not so bright and catchy beauty, as, for example, in the Crimea, but in these harsh steppes, in waste heaps, rivers, ponds, there is something unique ...
Yury Davydenko showed his slide films to the guests of the exhibition. One of them is dedicated to the deceased son. The other - shows Saur-Grave and a memorial on it - before the current war and now, when there are ruins from it. Another slide film is photos of one of the most beautiful places of Donbass, Svyatogorye. Unfortunately, now this holy place is under the occupation of the Bandera junta.
On Saturday, August 29, in the Central Park of Culture and Rest named after Shcherbakov, to the great joy of the townspeople, the water park opened, which last year was closed due to the war. In the evening, in the same park, a festive concert dedicated to the Day of the City took place (as well as the Day of the Miner - these holidays are difficult to divide here).
Especially enthusiastically and warmly the people met the Russian singer Yulia Chicherina. Julia is one of those artists who most ardently support the struggle of Donbass. Because she dares to sing for the residents of the besieged region, the SBU even opened a criminal case against her. The actor Sergey Makhovikov also arrived, known, in particular, for the TV series “The Thunders”, “The House with Lilies”, “The Blind” and others. In Donetsk, he performed as a bard, performing a few songs.
Another famous singer, known for his support of Donbass - Iosif Kobzon, a native of Donetsk region. Despite the fact that in recent years he has been seriously ill, the People’s Artist of the USSR has not come to the Donbass for the first time, either in the DPR or in the LPR. He was in Donetsk on May 9, on Victory Day. He stood on Lenin Square together with Donetsk residents on a mourning day in June, when the Republic mourned the residents of Gorlovka who died from the shelling. For his civic position, the artist was brought by the Security Service of Ukraine to the list of people banned from entering Ukraine.
He was deprived of the title of "honorary citizen" in many Ukrainian cities, with which his life is closely connected. In response, Kobzon said: “Let him be deprived. For me, there is no Ukraine in which there is a fascist regime. ”
It is shameful that the so-called “free world” joined such sanctions - at the beginning of 2015, the artist was denied entry to the EU for “destabilizing the situation in the east of Ukraine”. And it looks quite anecdotal that even earlier, Latvia banned Kobzon from entering his territory for “undermining the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine.” The case of Joseph Kobzon, as well as other Russian artists who find themselves in a similar situation, clearly shows all the hypocrisy of Western "champions of democracy."
And this holidays, the famous singer is here again in the Donbas. August 30 with the participation of Joseph Kobzona held two events at once in the Donetsk Opera and Ballet Theater. In the morning a solemn meeting of miners took place, and he gave a concert for them. The meeting was also attended by the head of the Republic, Alexander Zakharchenko (who, by the way, is recovering after being wounded in Debaltseve - this time he came without crutches, although he limped noticeably). The best workers in the industry were awarded certificates and badges. They also awarded Kobzon and the Head of the Republic himself, congratulating him on the recent birth of his son.
In the evening in the same theater a concert consisted of two sections. First, the Lipetsk State Orchestra of Folk Instruments performed by Dina Osipova performed. In this part, mainly classical music and arias from operas were performed. The juggler Nikita Volkov and the power pair Vyacheslav Spirin and Stanislav Kotelnikov, who showed unusual acrobatic performances, also performed.
In the second part of the concert, Joseph Kobzon appeared on the stage under loud applause. He performed many of his songs accompanied by the Lipetsk orchestra, which sounded majestic. There were songs that have long become classics of Soviet art - “Dark barrows are sleeping,” “I ask, though not for long,” Victory Day, and many others.
The singer Natalia Boriskova also performed, which Kobzon presented as her combat ally, who visited many cities and countries with him. She performed the song “The Volga River Flows”, calling the audience to sing along. Then in her performance sounded the Ukrainian song "Rіdna my mother". The participants actively applauded. Yes, yes, in Donetsk there is no hatred for Ukraine as such, despite all the suffering caused by the neo-fascist regime.
Iosif Davidovich finished the concert with the famous bard song “It's great,” however, he rewrote it a bit: “It's great that we all gathered here in Donetsk.” The hall was actively singing along.
At the same time, mass popular festivities and a festive concert were held in the Shcherbakov Park. I found only their beginning, as I had to go to the concert at the Opera House. Performed Donetsk groups, children's and youth dance studios. The spectacle was truly bright. One of the groups even depicted a traditional Brazilian carnival.
Later the Head of the Republic Alexander Zakharchenko took part in the event. Then Rada Rai and other Russian artists, who also came to support the Donbass, performed. And the concert ended with a festive salute.
It only remains to add that the illegitimate Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko burst out with his hypocritical congratulations to Donetsk. He said that this city "was and will be Ukrainian" (that is, it should be understood, the shelling and attempted offensive will continue).
Well, Donetsk already bears the marks of numerous “congratulations” from Poroshenko and his clique. And to the words of the leader of the Maidan junta, who resemble only impotent threats, the Pitmen reacted with a scornful grin. The city, free of the Maidan Bandera regime, sang, danced and rejoiced.
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