Kalinka: The most popular song among foreign fans in Volgograd

Kalinka: The most popular song among foreign fans in Volgograd

The city has prepared an extensive cultural program for the 2018 FIFA World CupTM, including the FIFA Fan Fest, which continued even after the city hosted its last World Cup match, Head of the Volgograd City Administration Culture Committee Dmitry Kudelkin said at the City Press Center.

He said the FIFA Fan Fest, which includes the streaming of matches and concerts, was complemented with many other cultural and public events. The 25 interactive entertainment areas, which opened in the pedestrian zone leading to Volgograd Arena on match days, included face painting, where fans could have their faces painted with the flags of the teams they supported. Fans could also have their photographs taken against the city's most popular sights.

Kudelkin also said that mimes, jugglers, acrobats and musicians entertained the fans at various sites before and after the matches.

"The main feature of these events was personal communication between the performers and the fans," he said.

The culture official told the media that these performances included both amateur and professional groups.

"Russian folk songs were performed for the visitors, including foreign fans, who especially liked Kalinka. The day when Tunis played England, a brass band performed А Night in Tunisia [by Dizzy Gillespie], and fans from Tunisia sang along," Kudelkin said.

He added that foreign visitors thanked the Volgograd performers for their work after each match and took photos with them so as to "bring part of the festival back home."

Cultural events during 2018 World Cup