12 November 2018
Ivan Turgenev Day in the Library
9 November, Russia celebrated the 200th birthday anniversary of of Ivan Turgenev. The National Library of the Komi Republic invited Syktyvkar people to commemorate the jubilee of the classic Russian novelist with a family-day programme - Time to Rediscover Turgenev.
At 12:00 on 11 November, we opened 'Turgenev's saloon' to recreate a guest reception of XIX century with its typical entertainment: dancing, singing, games and recitals.
Students of the College of Arts performed songs by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Mikhail Glinka, and Alexandre Dubuque. Young actors from the Palace of Creative Learning recited Turgenev's short story from The Hunter's Sketches collection. To complete the impression of a XIX century guest night, the young dancers from Empire Dance School did a tour of waltz.
A special guest of the show was Evgeny Gavrilov, a finalist of the New Star television award, the author of the Singing North Project, actor, director, popular showman, and social activist.
Younger visitors were entertained by philology students of the Syktyvkar State University colouring illustrations from Turgenev's fiction, making toy magnets, and trying to compose and handwrite letters in ink.
A photo shooting zone named after Turgenev's novel A Gentlefolk Nest attracted a lot of attention by its stylized old-fashioned furniture set where visitors could also check their knowledge of the author's life and literary achievements.