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July 8, 2014

The World Festival of Youth and Students, Moscow, 1957

The 6th World Festival of Youth and Students was opened on July 28, 1957 in Moscow, Soviet Union. The festival attracted 34,000 people from 130 countries. This became possible after the political changes initiated by Nikita Khrushchev. It was the first World Festival of Youth and Students held in the Soviet Union.

The Khrushchev reforms, known as Khrushchev’s Thaw, resulted in some changes in the Soviet Union. Foreigners could come for a visit, and people were allowed to meet foreigners, albeit only in groups under supervision. Soviet foreign language students acted as interpreters.

Jazz musician Aleksey Kozlov had a chance to play with foreign musicians. The popular ensemble Druzhba from Leningrad became the winner of the First Prize in popular music, thanks to its lead singer, Edyta Piecha, the star of the 1950s who could sing in many languages. Edyta Piecha, Vladimir Troshin and international guests of the festival together performed the popular song Moscow Nights.

The festival’s sports program featured an athletics competition.

1 comment:

  1. Ah, very nice, so haunting. Can anyone identify which Mosques those are?




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