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02 Sept – Clear Coast Campaign, India – Students took up the challenge to clean up the beaches at India’s Bay of Bengal to raise awareness to the issue of plastic pollution.  A report by TVBrics and Asain News International (ANI)

20 August – Quran Inscribed on 500 metre-long Scroll – A Calligrapher in India’s Jammu and Kashmir region has inscribed the Quran on a 500 metre-long scroll. This report by TVBRICS & ANI

18 August – Moscow Urban Forum – Intelligent cities are becoming a thing of the now rather than a dream of the future. Moscow recently held the Urban Forum to show it’s people how digitalisation of the construction industry and technology is making safer and more comfortable urban environments. A report by TVBrics.


10 August – Hariyali Teej Festival – India’s Hariyali Teej Festival commemorates the rainy season and mystical dieties. But it’s the beautiful Saris and glimmering jewels of the laides who tradtionally pray for happiness in marriage, being escorted in carriages that catch the eye in this traditional spectacle. This report by TVBRICS & ANI


17 August – South Africa’s Minister of Defence and Military veterans, Thandi Modise, visited Russian city of Zhukov.
The city was named Zhukov in honor of Georgy Zhukov, who commanded the Red Army’s Western Front and played a major role in routing the enemy. Zhukov was awarded with the Order of Lenin in connection with the anniversary and his military exploits. In the late 1980s, it was decided to install a monument to Marshal Zhukov in his native village of Strelkovka in the Zhukov District of the Kaluga Region.
Thandi Modise believes that thanks to Russia and Zhukov today she can express herself, because as an African woman, she feels equal to anybody in the world:

The cultural program of the minister’s visit to Russia was covered exclusively by TV BRICS joint editorial office.
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08 August – Electric Tractors plugh the fields – Electric cars are being developed around the world to combat climate change. Russian engineers have recently been testing electric-engined tractors to replace traditional diesel-powered engines in it’s bid to meet global targets to reduce carbon emmissions. This report from TVBrics.


05 August – Oriental Literature Collection – Russia has a close connection to the orient so it’s no surprise that it boasts what is thought to be the largest collection of oriental documents as part of it’s Centre for Oriental Literature. This collection goes back to 1862, the date the Russian State Library was founded. This report is brought to you by TVBRICS & ANI


01 August – Sailing On Solar – No wind for sailing? That doesn’t put off these sailors who are testing the power of solar to enjoy a day on the water. A report by TVBrics.


25 July – Global Energy Prize – As the world scrambles to find new, clean and sustainable energy Dimitry Bessarabov, a member of the Global Energy Prize Committee himself, is also working to develop hydrogen projects in South Africa as part of the Brics initiatives. A report by TVBRICS


21 July – Drums for Africa – Russian musicians are heeding the call of Africa. Learning to play the Djembe, Dun-dun and Kenkene not only brings people together but shows the circle of life exists, and the universal language of music speaks to everyone and brings people closer to Africa. A report by TVBRICS


08 July – Rhino Poaching Increases after Covid – Zululand is once again in the grip of a war – but this time to defend it’s Rhino from increased poaching. Dedicated conservation teams have taken up the gauntlet and are fighting back. KwaZulu Natal is the epicentre of Rhino conservation worldwide – and is now facing the worst poaching crisis to it’s remaining populations since before covid. A report by DUrbanTV


24 June – Growing faster Together – TVBrics media partners focused attention on cooperation ahead of the Brics Summit beng held in China. A report by CGTN & TVBrics.


24 June – Russia-SA Business Moves Ahead – The Russia-SA Business Council met in Moscow to discuss bilateral trade and developments in energy, transport and technology, as the leaders recognised 30 years of co-operation between the two countries. A report by TVBrics.


23 June – TVBrics promotes cooperation ahead of BRICS Summit – TVBrics media partners focused attention on cooperation ahead of the Brics Summit beng held in China. A report by CGTN & TVBrics.


16 June – Russia SA Business Council meets – The Russia-SA Business Council met in Moscow to discuss bilateral trade and developments in energy, transport and technology, as the leaders recognised 30 years of co-operation between the two countries. A report by TVBRICS


10 June – Hang those Notes – Everyone can improvise when playing the youngest instrument in the world. Invented in 2000 the Hang, or Handpan is derived from a singing clock, a gong and a steel drum. A report by TVBRICS

09 April – My Indian Mass Wedding – Indian weddings take on a whole new idea of community when thousands of Brides and Grooms say ‘I Do”. A report by TVBRICS & ANI

08 April – Communication through the ages – A telephone musuem in Moscow where over 3000 devices conjure up conversations from the past. A report by TVBRICS


07 April – Indian Tamil Nadu region fishing festival After 2 years of covid lockdown local villagers got to share their catch of the day. The annual fishing event marks the end of the rice harvest season and this centuries old tradition brings local and visitors out to witness and take part in the early morning fishing expedition, after which they celebrate into the evening with a cooked fish and rice dish. A report by TVBRICS & ANI


06 April – Archimedes Inspires Innovation – A trade show that brings innovation, inventors and scientific development to create a new future reality.


05 April – Icing On the Cake – Artist Prachi Dhabal Deb, a pastry chef from India has been entered into the Guinness Book of World Records for making a giant replica of the Milan Cathedral complete with royal icing spires. The cake measure 6.5 feet long and 4.5 feet high, and weighs more than 100 kilograms (22lbs) – heavier than the average man. The royal icing covered cathedral also happens to be eggless, so vegans would be able to have a bite, if it were eaten.


04 April – Balashikha’s Russian Folk Musical Instruments Museum – There is music to be heard in Balashikha where instruments such as the Gusli, horn and harmonica are played within the music musuem created by Roman Lomov.


31 March – Moscow Hosts “Pristine Russia” Festival – Natural beauty needs no filters in this photographic exhibition in which nature lovers looked at rare flora & fauna from a new perspective.


30th March – South Africa to assume BRICS presidency in 2023  South Africa will continue to work with the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa). The country will take over the BRICS chairmanship next year, as reported by the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).


29 March 2022 – African Agricultural Produce increases in Chinese market 

An easing of trade rules for some African countries by the Chinese customs authorities is allowing more agricultural products from the continent into China, according to a recent report by the South China Morning Post. South Africa, Kenya and Zimbabwe are among the African countries that have recently signed revised protocols allowing them access to the Chinese consumer market, said the report.


26 March – China Specifies Energy Targets for 2025

Chinese authorities have released a plan for developing a modern energy system during the 14th Five-Year Plan period (2021-2025), setting targets for securing energy supplies and boosting energy efficiency. By 2025, China aims to bring the annual domestic energy production capacity to over 4.6 billion tonnes of standard coal, according to the plan jointly released by the National Development and Reform Commission and the National Energy Administration.


15 Feb 2022 – Bogorodskoe Toys – a 500 year-old Tradition

Intricate carved toys, an old folk craft which originated in the Sergiev Posad District in the 18th Century continue to be created and draw admiration from all who see them. 2022 marks the 500th year of their creation.


10 Feb 2022 – Russia-South Africa Tourism meetings

Featured on our partner channel TVBrics, SA Toursim recently visited Russia to highlight the array of tourism opportunities South Africa can provide to Russian travel enthusiasts and encouraged more flights to accommodate the growing number of tavellers.

THIS REPORT IS PRODUCED BY TVBRICS with English sub-titles.

https://youtu.be/fQCntPlEU3Y


Nov 29 2021 – Wood Lacing Craft 

The intricate craft of traditional wood lacing shows the ancient work of master Russian woodworkers who adorned simple boxes to hold collectables, and turned them into collectables in their own right. What began as a childhood fascination for carving led to a life of design and restoration work for Boris Nikolaevich.


Nov 15 2021 – Food for Cosmonauts excites Gastronomes

Russian science students experimenting with additives to bring flavourful food to cosmonauts now has gastronomes excited about their vanilla infused spirulina. Their work at the MSU (Moscow State University) submitted to the IGEM competition (International competition in Biology and Genetic engineering).


Oct 16 2021  – Premiere of the film “Dostoevsky Intercontinental” in India at the 4th International Innovative Film Festival

The Indian audience at the 4th International Innovative Film Festival will be presented with a documentary film of the joint edition of TV BRICS about F.M. Dostoevsky. The premier at the Film Festival in Bangalore will be presented by Gennady Rogalev, Director of the Russian Center for Culture and Science in Chennai.


Oct 08 2021 – Plants purify water in Moscow University Botanical gardens

With climate change issues on top of the agenda as COP26 is about to take place in Glasgow, UK the Moscow State University Botanical gardens is using plants to purify their water supply which means no need for chemicals used in this new technology derived from old knowledge.


Oct 04 2021  – winners of “Revival of the BRICS peoples` hospitality traditions” video contest have been announced

The winners of the “Revival of the BRICS peoples` hospitality traditions” international online video competition have become known. Let us remind you that there were three nominations: “Traditional wedding ceremonies & celebrations”, “Family Celebrations of the BRICS Countries” and “New Year and Other National Holidays”. The jury, which consisted of 20 representatives of creative professions, selected nine works. TV BRICS reports.


Oct 03 2021 – Day On The Armour game has everyone leaping into uniform

From the capture and defense plans to terrain maps, tactics and strategy everything is real – well, almost everything. After a day playing the big airsoft game ‘Day On The Armour’ these soldiers get to return to civilian life. See the video content now ONLY on our DUrbanTV TVBrics dedicated channel.


Oct 01 2021  – Brazilian trade entrepreneurs confidence increased by 5.4%

For the fourth time in a row, the FecomercioSP Trade Entrepreneur Confidence Index (ICEC) has shown growth. The indicator has increased by 5.4% over a month, rising from 107.8 points in August to 113.5 points in September. According to the survey, optimism, among other factors, is caused by early vaccinations and expectations of sales growth in the last quarter, due to “Black Friday” and end of the year holidays. TV BRICS reports.


29 Sept 2021 – Scientists develop Insomnia Glasses 

The Rostec state corporation together with the Samara Medical University have developed unique glasses that could help long-distance travelers and insomnia sufferers.


28th Sept 2021 – Climate Change – Recycling for the planet

A pile of old vacuum cleaners, kettles and hair dryers could contain material that your future car door is made from. At this electrical goods waste recycling plant secondary metal is sent to manufacturers. Meanwhile waste paper recycling has been operating in Russia for the past 40 years, non-stop. These are just two ways in which Russia is combatting issues of climate change ahead of the COP26.


22 Sept 2021 – Brics Summit – As in 2020 the leaders of Brics Summit 2021 – Brazil, Russia, India, China & South Africa met at a virtual round table, however the new way of working has proved no obstacle for those with global goals. 150 Brics meetings took place in the past year, 20 of which were government level meetings. Despite the pandemic the Indian Chairmanship has done everything to ensure strategic partnership of the Brics member states continues and flourishes progressively. As a result Brics role in international affairs is increasing. 2021 marks the 15th anniversary of Brics.


17 Sept 2021 – Brics Youth Summit – Over 100 participants from the Brics Big5 countries came together to find new friends and reveal their talents. The Brics Youth Summit is a platform to work out practical solutions for the future development of the Brics countries to develop cooperation in three key directions of international business, creative industries and volunteering.


01 July 2021 – CHECKLIST Epsiode 6 – Travelling an ideal tourist route around Russia takes Misha to the region of Lipetsk where he’s greeted by flame-breathing dragons, takes a horse ride to walk with Llamas before visiting the town of Usad’Ba, a favourite of the Romanov Royal House. Taking to the sky he gets a birds-eye view of the beautiful green surroundings with Russia’s gliding champion pilot, joins an archeological dig to discover Russia’s link to Iranian shephards of the Bronze age and the Mongul empire before finishing off his trip with a ‘taste of France’ in what must be the smallest village in Russia.

 

18 June 2021CHECKLIST Episode 5 – Misha takes us to Sakhalin, a region of Russia known for its ski resort that cuts through the centre of town of Gorny Vozdukh and where a hot volcanic river creates hot springs. He goes crabbing before getting to taste some local seafood delicacies. He endures a very long snowmobile ride out to Cape Pelican and finally visits a local Korean family who are descendants of Koreans who settled in this part of Russia.


05 June 2021Yaroslavl Region hosts Folk Tradition Festival “Khranimie vekami” – The opening of the all-Russian folk tradition festival “Khranimie vekami” will take place – one of the largest and most significant events on a federal scale for the preservation and popularization of folk culture. It will be held with the support of the Federal Agency for Ethnic Affairs and Russian Yarmarki LLC. The Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation will also assist in holding the festival.


05 JUNE 2021 – In what must be a first in the world since Covid-19, 5000 delegates came to St Pietersburg in Russia to take part in the Spief ’21 conference. The focus was clearly on recovering economically after the pandemic, and this event showed not just the resilience of people to want to congregate and engage face-to-face but primarily focused on developing business models which have grown through the necessity to find new ways of working due to the pandemic itself. Russia in particular has seen a significant rise in local domestic e-commerce and has actively encouraged local small businesses to partner with and supply bigger national companies enabling a strong local economic recovery. Suddenly small businesses across the world have also had to master digital technologies and Russia in particular turned to it’s Brics partner China to establish new opportunities and the exchange of technologies for e-commerce to be developed across Russia. Tourism is also big business in Russia and the development of tourism clusters has brought about significant interest to encourage local travel.


28 May 2021 – As part of our association with the International Tourism Film Festival Africa (ITFFA) and TVBrics, DUrbanTV presents the Russian Travel Series ChekcList, which takes us through the most unexpected and unbelievable experiences from Russia’s natural landscapes, vast territories and diverse cultures.


Checklist Episode 4 – As the smallest region in Russia the Altai Republic may only have one city, Gorno-Altaysk. But what it lacks in size it makes up for in experiences. In the 4th episode of our TVBRICS Travel Russia series presenter Misha visits the Manzherok Ski resort, speeds over ice and water on the partly frozen Lake Teletskoe, a Unesco world Heritage site, enjoys local cuisine at a converted old printing house, takes selfies with reindeer and goes Husky dog-sledding. After such hectic activity he finds calm at the fire ritual of a local Shaman priest before bravely enduring a black Banya room steam and broom-beating session at one of the worlds Top20 health resorts.


21 May 2021 – Season’s first shipment of fruit from South Africa arrives at St. Petersburg

The first ship with this season’s fresh fruit from South Africa has arrived in the port of St. Petersburg. Filled with apples, pears, tangerines, lemons and grapefruit on board, the shipment totalled 3,500 tons of fresh fruit. South African fruit has been on Russian shelves for almost 30 years. The Russian consumer “eats” a tenth of all the fruit that South Africa grows for export. “Next year Russia and South Africa will celebrate the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations. South Africa is already one of the top three fruit exporters to Russia, and we are working to expand trade relations,” Political Advisor Cecile Heppes said. Cooperation between the two countries in the supply of agricultural products began in 1994, when South African apples and grapes were delivered to Moscow for the first time in early spring. Since then, the volume of deliveries has steadily increased. South African citrus fruits are the most popular in Russia. In addition, apples, pears, and grapes are exported. Suppliers from South Africa manage to maintain attractive prices: high-quality oranges from South Africa are cheaper on Russian shelves than European products. Due to the optimal combination of price and quality, every fourth orange on the table of the Russian people is from South Africa.


21 May 2021 – As part of our association with the International Tourism Film Festival Africa (ITFFA) and TVBrics, DUrbanTV presents the Russian Travel Series ChekcList, which takes us through the most unexpected and unbelievable experiences from Russia’s natural landscapes, vast territories and diverse cultures.


Checklist Episode 3 – Check List presenter Misha visits the region of the native Shor people of Kemerovo to see the incredible petroglyphs (wall carvings), their ancient air burial sites and a museum dedicated to their culture at Tomskaya Pisanitsa. He gets down and dirty in the coalmining region of the Kuznetsky basin, visits Sheregesh ski resort, tries ‘ice-floating’ therapy, shares some Shor traditional food and learns of the traditional Shaman ritual and tells the legend of golden tears at the Verblud outlier rock.


10 May 2021 – As part of our association with the International Tourism Film Festival Africa (ITFFA) and TVBrics, DUrbanTV presents the Russian Travel Series ChekcList, which takes us through the most unexpected and unbelievable experiences from Russia’s natural landscapes, vast territories and diverse cultures.


Checklist Episode 2 – Misha visits the winter wonderland and wide open spaces of the Zabaikalsky National Park, discovers a very welcoming hot spring baths and tries out some ice fishing inside a Yurt hut on the ice. Then he visits Tibetan monks at Ivolginsky, a place of worship for Buddhists all over the world and sees how true Tibetan traditional medicine is practiced before witnessing the beautiful contrast in culture of the Russian Orthodox lifestyle in the ancient Russian ‘living’ village at Desyatnikovo. Finally Misha joins a travelling village of true steppe nomads with the Buryat people, who have an unexpected form of traditional transport for this region.


03 May 2021 – As part of our association with the International Tourism Film Festival Africa (ITFFA) and TVBrics, DUrbanTV presents the Russian Travel Series ChekcList, which takes us through the most unexpected and unbelievable experiences from Russia’s natural landscapes, vast territories and diverse cultures.


CHECKLIST – Episode 1 –  View Russia with presenter Misha as he takes us on his ‘CheckList’ of experiences and culture of Khakassia, a region of central Russia.

The Republic of Khakassia is a country of mountains, steppes, rivers, lakes and valleys of incredible beauty steeped in legend and mystery. The Khakas or Khakass (Khakas), are a Turkic people who live in the region of Khakassia and speak the Khakas language. Misha takes us to the most powerful hydro-electric dam in the Russia, reveals ancient folklore, provides a taste of local foods and goes skiing at a resort frequented by Vladimir Putin himself. And of course, in Russia, you’re guaranteed lots of snow.


29 April 2021 – TV BRICS presents the works of Russian photographers at an exhibition in South Africa.

On April 29, the photo exhibition “Fragments of Russia: through the lens” opens in Stellenbosch (South Africa). 3 photographers and photo artists from Russia: Ilya Petrov (Omsk), Alexander Slobodin (Moscow), Alexander Beskov (Sochi) will take part in the exhibition. TV BRICS will present the works of Ilya Petrov and Alexander Slobodin. The event is organized by Zest fruit, the world leader in fruit exports from South Africa.

The exhibition “Fragments of Russia: through the lens” will be held with the support of the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Cape Town. The general media partner is TV BRICS international media network. The exhibition will be held in the Marvol gallery (Hazendal Wine Estate 7599, Stellenbosch, South Africa).

Russian photographers will present photos from their native regions: Moscow Region, Omsk Region, Krasnodar Krai. Ilya Petrov, a photographer from the “Omsk Zdes” news agency, will offer visitors to the art gallery a series of images that glorify his fellow countrymen as a little bit crazy, but persistent and cheerful people.

“Natives of Omsk are able to keep faith in future, even in spite of unfriendly landscapes around. We want to show you this infinitely strong Siberian spirit today” Ilya Petrov, the author of the photos says.

Alexander Slobodin, photographer, TV BRICS cameraman (Moscow), offers a series of photos in the genre of photo reportage to South African art lovers. Alexander Slobodin visited more than 50 countries, among which his favorite destinations are Latin America, the United States, and Cuba. At the exhibition in Stellenbosch “Fragments of Russia: through the lens”, Alexander will present a series of photos made in Moscow, Zelenograd, Dolgoprudny and other cities near Moscow.

The photos taken by Alexander Beskov will tell visitors about Sochi, the Russian Riviera.

The grand opening of the exhibition of photos dedicated to Russia will be held on April, 29 at 17:30 local time at the Marvol gallery. The exhibition is free to visitors.


12 April 2021 – Anniversary of the First Man In Space – Yuri Gagarin

On April 12th, 60 years ago his famous “Let’s Go!” sounded across the world and man became one step closer to space as soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin spent 108 minutes orbiting the Earth. This incredible journey has led not only to man landing on the moon and exploring Mars, but the technologies developed have led to the world being an even smaller place as we now communicate globally through satellite technologies.

Watch the Yuri Gagarin documentary which celebrates the first-man-in-space and shows how the BRICS countries are collaborating to ensure each of our countries can benefit and be more involved in future space programme developments.


16 March 2021 – “Days of South Africa” a series of cultural and educational events officially launches at the Moscow International Multimedia Centre (MMMC). The program includes the opening of the exhibition of South African photographer Theuns Botha – “Our Friend South Africa”, and the private screening of the film ” Russian Antarctica. The series of events aimed at strengthening humanitarian cooperation between Russia and South Africa is an initiative of the TV BRICS international media network, implemented with the support of the Embassy of South Africa in Moscow and the Russia – South Africa Business Council at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry.


10 February – The International Tourism Film Festival Africa (ITFFA) has opened entries for the international version of their event; the deadline for submissions is 15 March 2021. In spite of the year that was 2020, last year saw over 900 entries from 92 countries, making it clear that there was not only appetite but great enthusiasm for more interaction with African and South African tourism film and video content. READ MORE


27 January- Russian dancers perform to traditional Chinese folk music

Xi’an guyue is a large wind-and-percussion ensemble of folk music that has been played in Xi’an, China (formerly called Chang’an) and its surroundings areas for over a thousand years. With an expansive music structure and sophisticated style, Xi’an Guyue is a fitting representation of traditional Chinese instrumental music. Seven students from the Chinese Classic dance society of the Saint Petersburg State University of culture and arts appeared in front of local landmarks.


25 January 2021 – Mass vaccination against Covid-19 begins in Moscow, Russia. People are not only getting vaccinated in hospitals and polyclinics but also in shopping centres. This innovative step has been taken to ensure the population of Moscow can access vaccinations easily and quickly.


17 Dec 2020 – Know Your Durban Film featured on Rendesvous-With-Russia

TV BRICS team shared several movies to be screened in the framework of the Rendesvous with Russia Film festival. Here are links to the promotion of DUrbanTV’s Know Your Durban, proudly sponsored by Durban Tourism to promote local tourism within the city during covid-19 lockdown in South Africa. Please note all the materials are in Russian only:

https://tvbrics.com/news/tv-brics-poluchit-spetspriz-za-razvitie-zhanra-turisticheskogo-kino-na-festivale-svidanie-s-rossiey/

https://tvbrics.com/shows/na-festivale-svidanie-s-rossiey-avtor-luchshego-turisticheskogo-filma-poluchit-spetspriz-ot-tv-brics/  (KnowYourDurban announcement around 3 min)

https://press.mkrmedia.ru/information/djeff-zeys-dlya-menya-bolshaya-chest-predstavit-nash-film-na-festivale-svidanie-s-rossiey.html

The screening of KnowYourDurban, a production sponsored by Durban Tourism to encourage locals to discover there own city was scheduled for TX at 19:30 (Moscow time)  http://www.svidaniesrossiey.ru/


17 Nov 2020 – The XII BRICS Summit

Representing almost a third of the planet’s territory and almost half of the World’s population the BRICS countries have been together for many years, but this is the first time the G5 Summit has been held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which also resulted in the pandemic being one of the main topics of the event for the leaders at this years XII BRICS summit.


10 Nov 2020 – The lockdown has brought about incredible ways of working. Not least of these is the collaboration of orchestras. The Russian Orchestra has not let the Coronavirus keep them from performing at their peak and went digital to bring music to the people.

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