Sochi 2014: The Cultural and Ethnographic Centre "My Russia"


Taking place between 7-23 February the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and the preceding large-scale preparations became events of emotional importance for every Russian, and were of strategic significance to the country in general. This was the second time Russia was playing host to the Olympic Games after the 1980 Moscow XXII Summer Olympics. However, these were the first Winter Olympics in Russia.

The Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation participated in the construction of one of the Olympic facilities in Sochi. In cooperation with the Association of Winter Olympic Sports the Foundation sponsored a new cultural and ethnographic centre, “My Russia” (item 175.1 of the Construction Program for the Olympic Venues and the Development of Sochi as a Mountain Climate Resort).

At “My Russia” the Olympians and guests were able to experience the traditional household habits, arts and cultural traditions of various regions of Russia.