Festival of Slavic Cultures

For the third year in a row, we invite you to visit our Festival of Slavic Cultures and celebrate with us for the whole day! The festival is held with the support of the Department of National Policy and Interregional Relations of the city of Moscow and the non-profit organization Cultural centre of the Library for foreign literature.

This year, the festival is dedicated to the 15th anniversary of the Forum of Slavic Cultures, which brings together all the Slavic countries and also represents their culture, science, art, and artistic heritage as part of the global cultural wealth. The Forum promotes the development of international cooperation, strengthens cultural ties between all nations around the world, and provides a bright and clear presentation of the history and culture of Slavs. Within its framework, many initiatives were proposed, among them the series ‘100 Slavic novels’ and ‘Živa award’ for the best Slavic museum.

Andreja Rihter, the director of the Forum of Slavic Cultures,will share her invaluable experience. It is noteworthy that the first representative office of the Forum was opened in the Library for Foreign Literature in December 2016.

During the day, meetings with well-known authors and cultural figures of the Slavic world, lectures, concerts, workshops, language classes, and public readings will be held on all venues of the library. Famous Russian authors Elena Chizhova, Andrey Astvatsaturov, Olga Slavnikova and Yury Nechiporenko will be among our guests. Foreign writers Zuzana Palović and Gabriela Bereghazyova will present the book ‘Slovakia – the legend of the linden’, which presents the history of this wonderful country. Public readings are traditionally held on this day. This time, the fairy tale ‘The Tale of Tsar Saltan’ by Alexander Pushkin, whose 220th anniversary is celebrated this year, is chosen for reading.

A special programme is prepared for our young guests as part of the International day for protection of children.

Come to visit us!

Festival Programme, June 1

Atrium

12.00—15.00

Concert of Slavic music & dancing. Part 1.

13.00—17.00

Pottery wheel demonstration & workshop

13.00—17.00

Weaving looms: practical training in ancient craftsmanship

14.30—15.00

How to tie sailing knots: aboard and ashore

15.00—15.45

‘Journey to the Slavic countries’

16.00—17.00

Public readings. A. Pushkin ‘The Tale of Tsar Saltan’

16.30—18.30

‘Slavic wreath: symbolism and tradition’

17.15—18.30

Concert of Slavic music & dancing. Part II

18.30—19.00

Meet the first accordion of the world, Sergey Voitenko.

Book club

Alexey Yudin greets the guests and directs the conversation

12.15—13.00

‘My Paris is Gomel’

Presentation of the book & meeting with Galina Naumenko, a writer and existential psychologist

13.15—14.00

‘Do not feed or touch the pelicans’

Book presentation & autograph session

14.15—15.00

‘City, written from memory’

Book presentation & autograph session

15.15—16.00

‘Slovakia – the legend of the linden’

Book presentation

17.15—18.00

‘Historical walks with Francisk Skorina’

Book presentation

18.15—19.00

Meeting with writer Olga Slavnikova

Autograph session

Francotheque

14.00—14.45

Talk: ‘Slovenian language with and without a dictionary’

15.00—15.45

‘Reflections on the Polish national character’ as part Dr. Lipatov’s series of talks on Russian-Polish relations

17.00-17.45

Meeting with literary critic and translator Anna Peskova

Children’s Hall

12.00-13.30

The programme ‘Carousel’

14.00—14.45

Talk on the All-Russian festival of children’s books

15.00—15.45

‘From the history of ancient Russian writing’

American Culture Center

11.00–19.00

‘The expanses of Russia’ Art exhibition

13.00–14.30

Vepsian doll workshop

Ibero-American Cultural Center

12: 30—13: 15

Demo class of the Serbian language

13: 15—14: 00

Demo class of the Ukrainian language

14: 00-14: 30

Quiz ‘The most interesting things about Ukraine’

14: 45—15: 30

Demo class of the Czech language for beginners

15: 30—16: 15

Demo class of the Serbian language for beginners

16: 15-17: 00

Demo class of the Croatian language for beginners

17: 00—17: 45

Demo lesson of the Serbian language

Hall, 3rd floor

14.00–15.00

‘The Slavic quest’

14.00–15.00

Croatian Theater Quiz

Big hall

13.00–14.00

Belarusian dulcimer. Concert of folk and academic music.

14.00—14.45

‘About love in Polish’

15: 00—15.45

Fragment from the play ‘The Universe of Gogol’

Centre of Slavic cultures

11.00–19.00

Exhibition ‘100 Slavic novels’

The exhibition ‘Old Prague in the watercolors of Václav Jansa’. Exhibition of graphic works.

The exhibition ‘One Hundred Pictures’ from Nikolai Gogol’s ‘Dead Souls’

‘Cultural routes of Slavs’ minifestival

13.00-13.45

Presentation of the new cultural route: ‘European women writers of the early 20th century’

14.00—14.45

Talk: ‘What is Zmijanje?’ Based on the dialectological expedition

15.00—15.45

Official celebration of the Forum of Slavic cultures’ birthday

17.00-17.45

Travelling in Russia on your own yacht

18.00–18.45

Summer Slovakia. Motivator guide.

Festival Programme, June 4

Centre of Slavic cultures

19.00–20.30

Belarusian culture and art in the family of Slavic cultures

Festival Programme, June 5

Book club

19.00–20.30

Meeting with the Serbian poet Danila Jokanović

Festival Programme, June 7

Book club

19.00–20.30

Meeting with writer and journalist Maciej Jastrzębski

Festival Programme, June 8

Centre of Slavic cultures

14:00 – 15:00

Presentation of the Museum of Folk Toys ‘Zabavushka’

Atrium

15.00—16.30

Right brain drawing