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Friday, 12 June 2009 23:26

Pushkin’s Birthday Celebrated In Russia And Elsewhere

MOSCOW, Russia, June 6 (Buziness Africa) - Both Russians and people elsewhere in the world celebrate the 210th birth anniversary of the Great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin.

An All-Russia poetry holiday has got underway at Pushkin’s family estate Mikhailovskoye. Pushkin’s admirers, writers, actors and some 100 descendants who’ve come to the Russian capital from around the world to attend their global world congress will get together near the monument to the poet in Moscow’s Pushkin Square.

In St. Petersburg the celebration will begin with a traditional ceremony by the monument to Pushkin in the courtyard of Pushkin’s museum on the Moika River. Russian MPs and prominent public figures have made an extraordinary present to the Pushkin poetry admirers. They decided they would read out poems by radio and through the Internet.

The speaker of the State Duma, the Russian Parliament’s lower house, Boris Gryzlov will specifically recite The Bronze Horseman poem. Chairman of the Federation of the Independent Unions of Russia Mikhail Shmakov sets his heart on reading out The Tale of the Priest and of His Workman Balda.

Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov is due to recite the poem The Caucasus Pushkin’s birthday is also celebrated abroad. Russian language day has been organized in Ukraine.

London plays host to the annual festival Pushkin in Britain, involving Russian-speaking authors who make their home in different countries. It is the VII International Festival of Russian Poetry and Culture Pushkin in Britain opens in London on June, 4.

This annual festival aims to bridge the gap between Russian and British culture. As well as a planned discussion of Shakespeare and Pushkin on 5th June and the main translation competition, the festival program will also feature a poetry session and the presentation of the book “Pushkin in Britain”.

And also the 210th anniversary of Great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin is taking place in China. China is the only country in the world besides Russia where the complete works of the Russian poet were published. The festival includes a declamation contest. The prize to the winner is a free trip to Russia visiting the Pushkin places. (END/2009)


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