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Amateur poets to gather for poetic festival in a village near Tver

June 18, 2012, 17:55 UTC+3

Amateur poets from 14 Russian cities, including Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Bratsk, Smolensk, Ukhta, Kostroma, Cheboksary, Kaluga and Samara are going to attend the...

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TVER, June 18 (Itar-Tass) — A poetic rainbow will shine over the Kablukovo village in the Tver region on June 29 when amateur poets from Russian regions gather for the 12th literary ‘Kablukovo Rainbow – 2012’ festival organized by the local school director Vladimir Lvov, Evgeniya Yevtinova, a representative of the Tver regional House of Folk Art, told Itar-Tass on Monday.

Amateur poets from 14 Russian cities, including Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Bratsk, Smolensk, Ukhta, Kostroma, Cheboksary, Kaluga and Samara are going to attend the gathering.

Literary parties in Kablukovo were born as a meeting of friends of Vladimir Lvov, a member of the Russian Writers’ Union, a graduate of the Gorky Literary Institute and the author of more than ten collections of poems. The first participants in the Kablukovo poetic who came from various Russian regions used to sleep in the local school building. During the day, they spent most of the time in an apple garden. In the evening, they gathered around a bonfire, recited verses, argued about problems of modern poetry and sang to a guitar.

Two years ago Vladimir Lvov’s literary initiative enlisted the support of the regional government, the administration of the Kalinin district and the regional House of Folk Art that were the co-founders and organizers of this year’s literary festival.

The program of the ‘Kablukov Rainobw-2012’ festival will include contests in three nominations: Poetry and Author’s Song. Members of the Russian Writers’ Union will hold master classes. A bonfire will be set up on the bank of the Volga.

A theatre of the Tver House of Teachers will show a Chekhov play.

The literary gathering will end with fireworks.

Not only amateur but also professional poets like to hold their gatherings in Tver, which has been linked to poetry and literature throughout its history.

More than thirty poets from Moscow and St. Petersburg gathered for the ‘From Tver to Kalinin’ poetic festival on the banks of Upper Volga on Sunday.

The idea behind ‘From Kalinin to Tver’ festival was 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 Moscow-St. Petersburg poetic meeting was the diversity of genres and styles that included 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.

Many Russian and later Soviet poets visited Tver located 160 kilometers to the north-west of Moscow. 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.



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