On December 21, 2023, the interuniversity festival "Atmosphere" was held at Minin University. More than 200 international students from Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, India, Egypt, Azerbaijan, Uganda, Vietnam, Spain, Turkey, Armenia, Ecuador, Nigeria, China and Russia studying at Nizhny Novgorod universities took part in it.

The International and Interregional Relations of the Nizhny Novgorod region Minister Olga Guseva addressed the participants with a welcoming speech.

"Nizhny Novgorod region has traditionally been considered a multinational and multi-confessional region. Representatives of more than 100 nations and ethnic groups live here. In addition, more than 6 thousand students from 110 countries of the world study at universities of the Nizhny Novgorod region. All this diversity of different cultures and traditions makes the region a center of international, business, cultural, educational and tourist activity. The International Festival  "Atmosphere" is an event where different cultures and traditions merge into a single diversity, it is the very people's diplomacy, which forms friendly ties between representatives of different countries, promotes intercultural exchange, and also provides a unique opportunity for people from different countries to share their traditions, values, art and music," said the Minister of International and Interregional Relations of the Nizhny Novgorod region Olga Guseva.

According to the Rector of Minin University Victor Sdobnyakov, the Festival "Atmosphere" is one of the most remarkable events in the university.

"Traditionally, on New Year's Eve we gather international students of the region within the walls of Minin University, making a multinational platform for communication and friendship. I would like to note that every year the number of participating countries grows, and this is not surprising, because for the university building international relations is one of the priorities," said Rector Viktor Sdobnyakov.

The Rector of Minin University also noted that this year Minin University has opened Nizhny Novgorod Branch of "Russia-China Friendship Association", what means that the number of events for foreign students will increase.

Participants from different countries treated festival guests to national dishes and showed creative performances: folk dances and songs, playing musical instruments and poetic sketches.

The students themselves are excited about the opportunity to show their traditions and interact with people from different countries.

"Super cool atmosphere, we got acquainted with guys from other universities and countries. For the Festival, we prepared our national dish - pilaf and performed with a folk dance. It was interesting to watch other students' performances," shared her impressions a participant of the festival from Turkmenistan Ogulnur Chariyeva