TVER, June 17 (Itar-Tass) — More than thirty poets from Moscow and St. Petersburg will gather for a poetic festival in Tver on the banks of Upper Volga on Sunday.
The idea behind ‘From Kalinin to Tver’ festival is to unite the literary forces of the two cities on a neutral territory.
“All of them are very different authors belonging to various generations and directions. They have one thing in common: they actively work in literature,” Alexander Sorochan, Doctor of Philosophy and Associate Professor of the Tver State University, said.
Another peculiarity of the forthcoming Moscow-St. Petersburg poetic meeting is the diversity of genres and styles that will include traditional poetry and unique literary compositions.
From 1931 to 1990 Tver bore the name of Mikhail Kalinin, the president of the Presidium of the USSR Supreme Soviet, who was born in the Tver province.
Tver, located 160 kilometers to the north-west of Moscow, has been linked to Russian poets and writers throughout history. Russia’s 19th-century poet Alexander Pushkin stopped in Tver many times on his way from St.Petersburg to Moscow. Another poet and the 1812 war hero Denis Davydov also visited Tver. Other poets and writers who lived in Tver include fable writer Ivan Krylov, writer Mikhail Saltykov-Shchedrin, who was even the governor of Tver, poet Osip Mandelshtam, Soviet writer Boris Polevoi and poet Andrei Dementiev, the state prize winner who’s heading the Association of Tver Communities.