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Underground concert helps miners shake the blues

Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 01:18

March 28 - Musicians play for Russian nickel miners as they head in to work. Sharon Reich reports.

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These miners are in for a treat as they head underground to start their shift… UPSOUND - MUSIC The concert is part of a special program called "Prosmart"- an acronym that stands for production, advancement, art and mood. Vasily Moroz, a spokesperson for Norlisk Nickel explains: SOUNDBITE: Vasily Moroz, the deputy head of public relations for Norlisk Nickel, saying (Russian): "This is a start of our industrial art program, where a minute of culture comes to the production lines to create a positive impression before the shift starts and to charge workers with a good mood for the whole length of their shift." Workers seemed to be enjoying themselves. They snapped photos of the group as they played traditional Russian instruments. Oleg Kachin, heads up a section of the largest nickel mine in Russia. SOUNDBITE: Oleg Kachin, head of the underground section of Oktyabrsky Nickel, saying (Russian): "The mood is very good now. It gives a certain stimulus to work and cheered us up, because it's all the technical and engineering staff who are burdened with their own problems in their sections of the mine - and here they will have quite a shake-up." Company officials plan to hold more activities to keep spirits up, including art exhibits and dance performances.

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Underground concert helps miners shake the blues

Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 01:18