The Mayor of Kazan: “We will do everything to enhance reading culture in Kazan”
Photo by Marat Muginov
June 6, Alina Berezhnaya). Today, the 6th Book-Fest 2019, dedicated to the Day
of the Russian Language and the 220th birth anniversary of the great poet and
writer Alexander Pushkin, takes place in Lyadskoy Garden of Kazan. During the
day, an exhibition based on unique materials from the Leo Tolstoy State Museum
fund is held for the guests of the festival. In addition, master classes and
games for children are held, and everyone can read verses and excerpts from
their favorite works at the “free microphone”. Ilsur Metshin, the Mayor of
Kazan, visited the literary festival.
entrance to the garden, guests were greeted by the female jazz orchestra
“Fantasia” under the direction of Yuri Kogan. The musicians performed domestic
and foreign classical works.
exhibition from the Leo Tolstoy State Museum “Tolstoy without a beard” opened
on the central alley of Lyadskoy Garden. Nikolay Baskov, a librarian of the
central city library, said that the main focus of the exhibition was placed on
the Kazan period of Leo Tolstoy’s life. “The great Russian writer was opened
from a special point in this period. Life in Kazan largely influenced the
formation of Tolstoy’s views and convictions, many of which he retained for
life”, said N. Baskov. Ilsur Metshin noted that such exhibitions are useful for
the younger generation, as they tell about the lives of the greatest writers
who have made an invaluable contribution to the development of the Russian
from the exhibition, students of the children's art school №6 were painting
pictures. “We work in different techniques, the main focus is on Tatar images
and national ornament”, said Naziya Gallyamova, the school director. She
presented a book with the works of her students to Ilsur Metshin.
also got acquainted with the book fair presented at the festival.
atmosphere of the book festival spread in every corner of the Lyadskoy Garden.
Children read fairy tales, the older ones checked literacy by participating in
the literary dictation of the works of Alexander Pushkin. For true fans of
books, lectures were given on the main stage by Roman Liberov, a director,
screenwriter, literary columnist, and Arina Obukh, a prose writer and graphic
parents listened to the speeches of invited guests, the children made
bookmarks. One of the crafts was presented to the Mayor of Kazan.
“I am glad
that there are a large number of parents with children at the holiday, their
interest in the book is genuine”, said I. Metshin. “Literature is returning,
the Internet and TV will never replace a real book. We will do everything to
ensure the enhancing of reading culture in Kazan”.
One of the
most popular sites was the “free microphone”. Everyone read poems and excerpts
from their favorite works. Ilsur Metshin listened to the 18-year-old Natalia
Egorova, who read Grushenka's monolog from Fyodor Dostoevsky's novel “The
Brothers Karamazov”. “Russian classics will always be relevant. My favorite
writer is Dostoevsky, he has no bad works. Everyone can find something of their
own in them”, said N. Egorova.
cultural workers came to listen to citizens’ performances, including Vadim
Keshner, the actor of the Kachalovsky Theater, a People’s Artist of the RF and
the RT. He noted that such festivals allow Kazan citizens to join the culture.
with the Mayor of Kazan, the festival was attended by Rustem Gafarov, the first
deputy head of the Kazan Executive Committee, Azat Abzalov, the head of the
Department of Culture, Andrey Lobov, the head of the Vakhitovsky and
Privolzhsky districts’ administration, and Marat Zakirov, the director of the
MBU “Directorate of Parks and Squares”.