The ‘Slavic Bazaar’ festival to mark the day of Slavic writing and culture was held at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) on May 24. Organised jointly by the Institute of Russian Language and the Centre of Russian Language Teachers Training, the event was aimed at commemorating the 1150th anniversary of the Slavic alphabet.
Tracing the background Yelena Shtapkina, deputy director, RCSC, explained that the holiday is linked with Saints Cyril and Methodius, considered to be the apostles of Slavs. “Together, the brothers had created the first Slavic alphabet in 863, which was then used to translate the Holy Scriptures from Greek into Slavonic.”
This anniversary which is globally an important event for the Slavonic nations, is celebrated not only by Russia and Greece but by all those countries visited by the missionary brothers including Serbia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Ukraine among others.
The occasion sees a number of events being organised at national and international levels. These include conferences, television programmes and film screenings supplemented with exhibitions of books, icons, paintings and photographs.
In order to make the event more dynamic and interesting here, a series of programmes under the aegis of the Institute of Russian Language was also put together.
Tatyana Perova, Head of the Centre of Russian Language Teachers Training, explaining the picturesque illustrations said, “The photo exhibition showcased monasteries as the centre of medieval literature and education. These pictures project a clear picture of the genesis and evolution of Slavic writing and culture.”
Tatyana Shipilova, director of the Institute engaged the students with Russian linguistic games and the winners were presented with souvenirs. There was also a presentation on the culture of the Kievan Rus, on their costumes, cuisines and fine arts. Children’s creative camp, ‘Folk Art and Crafts of the Slavic Peoples’ and a workshop ‘Russian Folk Dance’, was part of the festival.
The screening of the educational animation film ‘The Alphabet’ marked the conclusion of the ‘Slavic Bazaar’ Festival.