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The International Anton Chekhov Memorial Year 2004

Taganrog, Jul. 20-2004: several cultural events of an international importance have been realized in Taganrog within the framework of  “The International Chekhov Memorial Year 2004”.

Taganrog initiated a nationwide action “We’ll Plant a Cherry Orchard”. The first cherry trees were planted near the birth-house of Chekhov and near Chekhov Gymnasium. Some were planted in Moscow and in Badenweiler (Germany), where Anton Chekhov died in 1904.

Planting cherry trees in Badenweiler, Germany near Anton Chekhov statue on the mount Burgberg. On the photo: Mayof of Taganrog Nikolay Fedyanin; Vice Governor of Rostov Oblast, Alexander Bedrik; Mayor of Badenweiler Karl-Eugen Engler

The international Child Art contest “Anton Chekhov and the Heroes of His Novels” was realized. More than 150 drawings from Byelorussia, Ukraine and Russia were submitted.

A collection of photographs “Anton Chekhov and His Contemporaries” was represented in its entire volume.

The guidebook “Chekhov Memorial Places in Taganrog”, prepared by the Chekhov Museum specialists, was published in July 2004. The Moscow edition “Helios” published a collection of articles “Four Milestones of Chekhov’s Life”, containing four periods the writer's life: Taganrog, Moscow, Yalta, Badenweiler. The special issue of the almanac “The landmarks of Taganrog”, was dedicated to the centenary of Chekhov’s death.

Inauguration of Tschechow Platz in Badenweiler

The following exhibitions were held in Badenweiler in the context of “Die Erste Russische Woche in Badenweiler” (“The First Russian Week in Badenweiler”):
  • The photo exhibition “Taganrog – Birthplace of Anton Chekhov” (65 photos with city views and theatre on-stage pictures);
  • The stamp exhibition “Anton Chekhov: Life and Creation Pages”, where 118 stamps and 82 envelopes and postcards were exposed;
  • The exhibition “Taganrog and the Chekhovs” from the State Museum of Literature and Historical Architecture;
  • July 15, 2004 - a symbolic cherry orchard was planted in Badenweiler on the mount Burgberg, by Anton Chekhov memorial;
  • Inauguration of Tschechow-Platz (Chekhov Plaza) in Badenweiler: the Kaiserlichen Post Square in front of Sommer Hotel, where Russian writer died on Jul.15, 1904 officially changed its name into Tschechow-Platz.

Download the Program of
The International Chekhov Memorial Year 2004
(available in German and Russian).
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