Kazan is the capital city of the Republic of Tatarstan, which is situated in the heart of the Russian Federation and occupies the area between the Volga River and the Ural Mountains. Kazan is one of the largest industrial and cultural centers of Russia. It is considered to be a sport capital of Russia. It hosted Universiade (Youth Olympic Games) in 2013, FINA World Aquatic Championship in 2015. In 2018 Kazan is among the cities that will host games of 2018 FIFA World Cup.
The multi-ethnic city of Kazan is honored by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). Kazan serves as a perfect example of the peaceful co-existence of Muslims and Christians in one place.
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The Tatars and Republic of Tatarstan
The Tatars is a an ethnic group who speak the Tatar tongue (Turkic language family) and have a culture, customs and traditions that differ from Russian. The majority of Tatars practice Islam.
There are over 10 million Tatars live around the world, majority of whom (more than 7 million) reside in the Russian Federation. Although the Tatars are scattered across large areas – and many find themselves ethnic minorities in various regions in the Russian Federation – the Republic of Tatarstan with its capital in Kazan, is a central focus of Tatar culture, crafts and lifestyle.
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Culture in Republic of Tatarstan
Ethnic heritage: People with various historical and cultural traditions live in the republic. The combination of at least two types of cultural backgrounds – Tatar (Turkic) and Russian (Slavic) – define the uniqueness of this area and the originality of its culture and history.
Tatar language : The Tatar language is a member of the Kypchak west Turkic language group of the Altaic family. The written Tatar language is been based on the Cyrillic script since 1938 (Latin and Arabic prior to that). The majority of Tatars speak Russian along with Tatar. Check what Tatar language and Tatar folk music sound like.
Art: Tatar architecture, literature, music, theater, opera, ballet, fine and decorative arts are well-developed and have a long history. Tatar music is practiced in both traditional and modern variations. Check this radio show that will give you ideas on what music is popular in Kazan nowadays.