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Day of Languages and Cultures in the House of Friendship

On 20 October, the National Library of Komi welcomed the visitors at the traditional annual event – the Day of Languages and Cultures. The event marks the International Decade of Rapprochement of Cultures declared by UNESCO for 2013 – 2022.

The event involved a number of long-term partner organizations and was held in the House of Friendship in Syktyvkar, a major platform for multinational and multicultural communication in the Komi Republic.

The programme was built of two larger sections and combined entertaining and intellectual activities. One part was dedicated to the Day of Finno-Ugric Peoples which is celebrated every year in the third week of October. The second part was running under the slogan “Lifelong learning of languages as a secret of success”.

The National Library presented the project dedicated to the 180th birthday anniversary of the first Komi poet Ivan Kuratov - Menam Muza Poetic Video Marathon, the Dialogue about Inspiration. The project is based on inter-regional and international partnerships and is aimed at promoting minor indigenous languages. In the 6-minute video native speakers recited one poem by the Komi author in 16 languages. The youngest participant of the video marathon, Taisia Kulikova, was awarded a prize for her interest and contribution in the project.


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The big hall of the House of Friendship hosted the educational fair, with the leading language centres of  Skyktyvkar presenting their learning resources and entertaining activities. 


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Many visitors were attracted by express lessons in four Uralic languages. Teachers of Hungarian, Finnish, Udmurt and Komi-Permyak did not only offer practical speaking skills, but also shared cultural trivia.

In his 15-minute master show chef cook Daniil Litvin made a Komi burger using only local ingredients.

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The reading section, Reading with the Author, presented a trilogy by Finnish writer Salla Simukka about the heroine called Lumikki (Snow White). Specially for the readers of the Komi Republic, the author had recorded a short video answering our questions and commenting on cultural implications in her books and the role of literature in the intercultural communication.

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Five book exhibitions were displayed in the main hall giving every guest a chance to get a loan from the library right there or choose something from the free market to take home.

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