15th International Chekhov Book Festival Held in Taganrog
May 23, 2022: 15th International Chekhov Book Festival was held in Taganrog May 20-22, 2022. The opening ceremony was held at the historic Chekhov Drama Theater. Taganrog City Manager Mikhail Solonitsin thanked the organizers of the events and highlighted the importance of promoting great Russian Culture in the time of Western agression against it.
The festival has been held since 2007 with the support of Rostov Oblast Ministry of Culture, Taganrog Local Government, Taganrog Arts & Culture Council, Federal Agency for Press and Mass Communications and other partners. In the 15 years of its existence, the event became noted all over Russia.
Mikhail Solonitsin speaking at the opening ceremony. Credit: TaganCity.Ru
The International Chekhov Book Festival is held every year in the second half of May. The program is meant for adults and children, people of all ages and occupations. "Taganrog is a book city, welcoming everyone" has become the festival's motto. It shows the creative potential of residents and guests of Taganrog and indicates the opportunities to meet famous visitors of the festival: actors and film makers, poets and writers, journalists and editors, critics and interpreters. This year, the festival has been attended by a number of writers and journalists, such as Yuri Polyakov, Pavel Basinsky, Andrey Gelasimov, Dmitry Likhanov, Ekaterina Barbanyaga, Anna Ignatova, Natalya Karpova, Maxim Makarychev, Alexander Kushnir and many more.
The 2022 festival official banner.
15th International Chekhov Book Festival's program featured exhibitions, book fairs, meetings with writers and poets, book presentations, public lectures, etc. The total number of all the events exceeds 70. Among them, the round table "Local History in the Framework of Regional Education System", an exhibition of the artworks submitted for the International Children's Art Contest "Anton Chekhov and Characters of his Works", and a series of master classes of the artist Maxim Parnakh, who is a grandson of Taganrog-born musician and choreographer Valentin Parnakh.
Inna Titarenko. Credit: Andrey Lyz
Taganrog City Council President and City Executive Inna Titarenko participated in the special pictorial cancellation ceremony - a traditional event held in cooperation with Russian Post to postmark the official festival postcards.
"Chekhov Book Festival has become an outstanding, lively and engaging event in the cultural life of this city, as it stirs up an interest in reading and helps to raise children who love to read and think, for whom the book is a good friend and helper. This is both so timely and relevant today", told Ms. Titarenko.
Sending the postmarked card. Credit: Andrey Lyz
The International Chekhov Book Festival ranked second in the regional stage and became one of the finalists in the All-Russian stage of Russian Event Awards in the nomination "The Best Event of Cultural Tourism"(2016).