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Russian Leaders to visit KidZNotes

Durham, NC -Three Russian leaders participating in the Open World Program will spend October 19 through October 27, 2012, in Durham under the theme of “Cultural Exchange”, with a special attention paid to the arts in Durham. The Kostroma Committee of Sister Cities of Durham, NC is hosting the delegation for Open World. Managed by the independent Open World Leadership Center at the Library of Congress, Open World enables emerging Eurasian political and civic leaders to work with their U.S. counterparts and experience American-style democracy and culture at the local level.
While in Durham, the delegates will meet with, among others, the staff of KidZNotes, the Nasher Museum at Duke University, Mallarme, Durham School of the Arts, and the HAND program at Duke Hospital. They will visit the NCCU Art Museum and Golden Belt.The delegates are Nadija Viktorovna Bitkolova, Exhibition Manager, Kostroma City Art Gallery; Pavel Yakovlevich Gershtyn, Artistic & Music Director, Kostroma City Symphony Orchestra; and Tatiana Vladimirovna Repina, Director/ Deputy Director/ Music Teacher, Music School for Children # 9, Kostroma City. The delegates will also tour Duke Chapel and historic sites and major attractions in Durham and sample various kinds of regional cuisine
Homestays with local residents will allow the delegates to experience American family life.  One evening will be given to a performance by the North Carolina Symphony and another afternoon to a performance by the Durham Choral Society Chamber choir, the Ciompi Quartet and pianist Randall Love of works by local composers. They will also enjoy a personal tour of the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh.
The Open World Leadership Center has awarded a second grant to the Kostroma Committee of Sister Cities of Durham, NC in 2012. This is the fifth such grant this committee has been awarded in the past six years.
The Open World Program is a unique, nonpartisan initiative of the U.S. Congress designed to build mutual understanding between the United States and Eurasia. Over 12,000 Open World participants have been hosted in all 50 U.S. states since the program’s inception in 1999. Delegates range from members of parliament to mayors, from innovative nonprofit directors to experienced journalists, and from political party activists to regional administrators.
 For more information, please contact Anne Berkley at 919-544-2668 or For more information on Open World, please visit
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