December 14 at the Vegas City Hall in Moscow hosted the premiere of the Caucasus Express Music Festival, which brought together artists from the North Caucasus, South Russia, the near abroad and the CIS under one roof.

"Caucasian Express" in Moscow. Humorous trio from Grozny: Askhab Dzhabrailov, Rudolf Mishaev, Vahid Ismailov.
Caucasian Express in Moscow. Humorous trio from Grozny: Askhab Dzhabrailov, Rudolf Mishaev, Vahid Ismailov.

The multinational team presented the audience of the festival a grandiose variety show of a new format, held at a high European level.

Caucasian Express in Moscow. Makka Mezhiyeva performs "Too late, I also have trouble" with the dance ensemble "Bart"

The organizers of the presentation were: general producer, author of the idea and project - Bela Umarova, general producer - Mehriban Jalilova, director - Ibragim Tsuraev, scriptwriters - Alla Boychenko and Bela Umarova.

"Caucasian Express" in Moscow. Amur Amerkhanov and Igor Javad Zade

Preparations for the event began with 5 in the morning: installation of the stage, installation of scenery, then a sound check. A lot of time and effort was spent on cooking, and therefore, when the beginning of the concert on the evening on the road leading to Vegas City Hall was nine-point traffic jams, and the hall turned out to be practically empty, the organizers and participants froze in slight panic, realizing that the show turned out on the verge of collapse ...

Caucasian Express in Moscow. Leading the evening, the actor - Sarkis Aslanyan
Caucasian Express in Moscow. Leading the evening, the actor - Sarkis Aslanyan

“It was such an extreme moment! We have to start at 19.00, everything is ready, and the hall is empty, ”says Alla Boychenko,“ a very stressful situation. But then a real miracle happened! We delayed the start quite a bit, and just at the beginning of the event, the entire auditorium was full! Everything was resolved in some magical way and went on just fine, in a very warm, friendly, one might say, homely atmosphere. The new format, namely, a variety show, which implies multi-genre numbers, came to the public's liking.

Caucasian Express in Moscow. Alla Boychenko with the song "Maryam" and the ensemble "Bart"
"Caucasian Express" in Moscow. Alla Boychenko with the song “Maryam” and the ensemble “Bart”

The concert was attended by: Makka Mezhiyeva, Tamara Yandieva, the Georgian group Bani, the lead Sarkis Aslanyan, the singer and actor representing Armenia, the humorist trio from Chechnya - Vakhid Ismailov, Askhab Dzhabrailov and Rudolf Mishaev, the actress of the Central Children's Theater Xenia Maenda Majeka, in Chechnya Majun, Majeka Majena, Xabia Maidieva, Rudolf Mishaev Eldar Dzhanikayev, Astemir Apanasov, Larisa Sadikoeva, representing Ossetia, Amur Amerkhanov, participant of the Golos project Emil Kadyrov, popular drummer Igor Javad-Zade, and the ensembles Ansar, Bart, Metekhi, Lekki and children's production center group etsital "Alla Pugacheva".

Caucasian Express in Moscow. Special guests from Georgia - the folk group "Bani"
Caucasian Express in Moscow. Special guests from Georgia - folk group "Bani"

According to the organizers, on this day all the goals that they set for themselves were realized, but the most important thing that was achieved was real national unity in the hall.

"Caucasian Express" in Moscow. Alla Boychenko with the song “Maryam” and the ensemble “Bart”

“We did not focus on each Republic separately, introducing artists, and, thus, did not evoke rivalry in the hall. Viewers took everyone equally warmly and joyfully. After the concert we heard a lot of positive feedback and thanks to us. Of course, we still have work to do, we have a lot of ideas, but this is for the future. At the moment, given all the technical delays and the important moment with traffic jams, this show was held at a high level! We will expand and improve all this, ”says Alla.

The audience that evening went home not only with wonderful impressions, but also with gifts: the iPhone X, a trip to Paris, and gift certificates from sponsors were raffled off. And the event ended with a soulful song-anthem of the same name “Caucasian Express” written by the poet Ibragim Vadelov and composer Eldar Dzhanikaev.

Next, the Caucasus Express will go to St. Petersburg. But it will be next year ...

In the meantime, we offer to listen to the anthem of the "Caucasian Express"