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Volunteer Clowns in Moscow

The children’s festival ‘Red’ recently took place place in Moscow. The event was organized by Konstantin Sedov, HSE graduate. Konstantin is founder of the ‘Hospital Clowns’ charity, which has been active since 2008.

‘Hospital Clowns’ is a volunteer movement which helps sick and disabled children. About 130 hospital clowns from 17 cities across Russia, as well as Ukraine and Belarus, participated in the festival and the seminar for volunteer clowns.

Seventeen various platforms and venues were open in the Hermitage park, where volunteers played with children helping to distract them from hospital fears and stress.

‘The Moscow city Department of Culture as well as the Hermitage park itself supported our initiative’, Konstantin Sedov told us, ‘And, of course, our friends and friends’ friends helped us, as often happens at such events. I particularly want to thank Andrey Vershinin, Head of the HSE Center of Creative Clubs, and all his staff who helped to get the festival ready’.

Over 20 volunteers participated in organizing the festival, many of them HSE students and graduates. ‘Hospital Clowns’ actively cooperates with the HSE, particularly with the Office of Extracurricular Activities, and its head, Tatiana Zakharova, is a member of the organization’s Board of Trustees. HSE students play with children, assist with the logistics of the festival organization, and help run masterclasses by international experts.

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