Arts: Llangollen Gains a Russian Agent; ARTS MANAGEMENT: Singer Asks for Administration Placement at Musical Eisteddfod
Byline: KAREN PRICE Arts and Media Correspondent
WHEN Nadezda Utkina was accepted onto an arts management programme in the UK she asked to spend her month-long placement helping to organise the Llangollen International Music Eisteddfod.
Although the Russian singer and musician had never been to Wales, she knew about the reputation of the festival, which sees people from all over the world competing in a series of music competitions.
For the next month, Nadezda is helping out with administration and marketing in the eisteddfod office in the run-up to the launch on July 9.
But she says the real work starts when she returns to Russia to spread the word about Llangollen.
``People from the area where I am from (Izhevsk in Udmurt) do not know much about Llangollen. My mission is to tell them about this unique experience,'' she said.
Over the past 50 years, millions of people from all over the world have competed in the musical eisteddfod.
Among those travelling to this year's festival are groups from Canada, Australia and Europe.
Nadezda, 35, applied for a place on the Arts Managers' Placement Programme 2002, organised by Visiting Arts, as she wanted to broaden her management skills. The programme is open to people from Russia and they are given placements in the UK or the Netherlands.
``I wanted to get some knowledge in arts management and thought the international eisteddfod would be the best place for me as I am a performer.'' Nadezda, a singer and guitarist in the folk group Lulgur as well as a solo artist, arrived in Wales last weekend to take up her post.
``I could never have imagined it could be so magnificent,'' she said.
``I like it all very much - the people, the place, the landscape and the architecture.''
Nadezda also hopes to use her time in Wales to practice her English, which she started learning at university.
It is the first time a student of the Arts Managers' Placement Programme has worked at the Llangollen eisteddfod. …