The third international drama festival of the Mongolian-speaking nations opened in Ulan Bator, the capital of Mongolia. Companies from Buryatia, Kalmykia /Russia/, the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region /China/ and more than 400 actors from Mongolian regional theatres participate in it. The festival will last till October 13. The Buryatian actors will show the performance "Chingiskhan." The Kalmyk actors will perform the religious play "Zaya Bandid," prize-winner "for embodying the best image" at the 2000 festival of the North Caucasian nations. The programme of the festival includes the best works of Mongolian theatre directors, winners in the selection round. The scientific and practical conference on the modern development of theatres of the Mongolian-speaking nations is to be held within the framework of the festival.
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