Kuban Cossack Choir Chosen as the Voice of the Sochi 2014 Cultural Olympiad


The Sochi 2014 ambassadors’ team has been joined by about 157 singers from the Kuban Cossack Choir, one of the oldest musical collectives of Russia. In its new role, the Choir will participate in the events of the Sochi 2014 Cultural Olympiad as well as facilitate the spread of Olympic and Paralympic values throughout Russia. The Kuban Cossack Choir has already become the second representative of the Krasnodar Region within the team of Sochi 2014 ambassadors - in 2010 Alexei Voevoda, the World bobsleigh Champion and multiple Olympic medalists also joined the team.

The president of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee, Dmitry Chernyshenko, presented the honorary Sochi 2014 ambassador diploma to the choir on the scene of the Kremlin Grand Palace during the concert dedicated to the Choir’s anniversary. Dmitry Chernyshenko also presented a big dozen-doll Matryoshka to the Choir which is one of the first products of the Sochi 2014 licence program.

Viktor Zakharchenko, Artistic Director of the Kuban Cossack Choir, said:
"We thank the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee for the honor of joining the large and close family of Sochi 2014 ambassadors. It is essential that in 2014 we greet all the guests and athletes of Kuban not just with traditional “bread and salt”, but also with songs. I am convinced that our work will reflect the best of Russia’s multinational culture not least because our Kuban Cossack Choir has performed folk songs for 200 years now!"