180th anniversary of Ivan Kuratov's birthday
7 July, the National Library of the Komi Republic took part in festivities in honor of the first poet writing in the Komi-Zyrian language, Ivan Kuratov. The celebration activities were held in the poet's home village of Kuratovo (formerly Kebra), in picturesque surroundings at the Bub River.
The opening ceremony took place at Kuratov's memorial museum where a traditional Komi household was recreated. The event attracted not only village people, but also guests from Syktyvkar and the neighboring communities.
Our programme included interactive games and quizzes based on trivia about Ivan Kuratov and local history of the 19th century, a presentation of a video of Kuratov's poem being recited in 15 languages and a book exhibition.
The festival in honor of Ivan Kuratov is traditionally held every year on a second Sunday in July and is named after Kuratov's most famous poem, Menam Muza (My Muse). It gathers dance and song groups, artists, and of course writers and poets, as well as a wide public of all ages.