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A Russian-Swedish photo exhibition "AccessAbility" has opened in the Ulyanovsk region

A Russian-Swedish photo exhibition "AccessAbility" has opened in the Ulyanovsk region The opening ceremony of the International exhibition "AccessAbility" was held on February 2. It was organized within the framework of the cultural programme of the XXXVI Bandy World Championship by the Swedish Embassy in Russia, the Swedish Institute, the Foundation "Ulyanovsk – Capital of Culture" and the Museum of Local Lore named after I.A. Goncharov.

"The project successfully travels around the world and cities of Russia, raising issues of accessibility and participation in the life of the society of people with disabilities. At all levels of state and regional programmes big and small deeds are made of to create the barrier-free environment. We have a desire to implement a similar project on Ulyanovsk land", said the Minister of Art and Cultural Policy Tatiana Ivshina.

The audience got acquainted with the works of a Swedish photographer Markus Marcetic and his Russian colleague Alexey Kostromin. Their photos are dedicated to people with disabilities living in Russia and Sweden. Each picture is accompanied by a story of the hero: the stories about their lives, about how the society accepts them, about the achievements, goals and dreams. "The exhibition includes 20 photographs of Swedish and Russian photographers. The photos show 20 people with disabilities who have shared their stories. Dignity – that's what runs like a red thread through the life of each of them", said the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Sweden in Russia Peter Erickson.

It is noteworthy that at the exhibition "AccessAbility" there were created all the conditions for people with disabilities of the musculoskeletal system to be able to visit it.

At the meeting were also presented educational programmes of the Museum of the local lore for children with disabilities: interactive activities "Dinosaurs", "Miracle in feathers", "Theatre of shadows", "Living Museum", “Domovenok Kuzya from the Museum” and a master-class on origami.

In addition, during the exhibition, which ran until February 14, the museum organized screenings of the films from the programme of the VII International film festival "Cinema without barriers". The entrance to the exhibition and the film screenings were free of charge.

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