State historical-architectural, landscape and natural museum-preserve «Izborsk»

19 July 2016

The festival of historical poetry “Slavonic field-1016” will be held in the Pskov Region on July 29-31.

The festival entitled “Slavonic field-1016” is organized and held by Pskov Regional division of the Union of Writers of Russia with the support of State Committee for Culture of the Pskov Region and Izborsk State Museum-Reserve of History, Architecture and Land.

The festival in unique in many ways. It stands out among numerous poetry festivals for its thematic orientation. For the fifth time the festival focuses on poetry dedicated to Russia and its great history.  

The first day of the festival will be dedicated to excursions. On July 29 the participants of the festival will visit “Mikhailovskoye” Museum-Reserve and The Assumption Monastery – the resting place of the great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin. 

According to the tradition, the festival’s main events will take place in Izborsk State Museum-Reserve. The opening ceremony of the festival and poetry competition will be held on July 30 by the walls of the ancient Izborsk fortress. Everybody will be able to enjoy songs composed and performed by non-professional authors.

Pskov Regional Scientific library will receive the participants of the festival on July 31. The program of the third day includes a meeting with the guest of the festival, announcement of the results of the competition and distribution of awards.

This year “Slavonic field-1016” festival will be held for the sixth time. For the first time it was held in 2008 when the authors and publishers of “Poetry. The 21st century” literary magazine offered to organize it in the Pskov Region. The idea was supported by Izborsk State Museum-Reserve and the festival was held. Eight poets – the authors of “Poetry. The 21st century” magazine and poets from Pskov became the participants of the festival.  

In 2012 when 1150th anniversary of the establishment of Russian statehood was celebrated in Russia, the festival was held in Izborsk as a historical poetry festival. Starting from 2013 a poetry competition is held in the framework of the festival.  

The 2016 poetry competition includes three nominations:

- an open nomination – for all the participants, except for the authors who will participate in Professional nomination;

- Professional nomination – for professional authors, including members of literary unions;

- “Slavonic springs” nomination – for young poets (16 – 27 years old).

The winners of the competition will be awarded diplomas and memorable gifts.

The winners in “Slavonic springs” nomination will automatically become the participants of the final part of the all-Russian Mtsyri festival, which will be held in Moscow in December 2016.   

A book of poems will be published which will include poems of the winners of the festival and selected poems of its participants.

“Slavonic field” poetry festival has become a bright literary event. Many poets come to participate in the festival almost every year. The festival is becoming more and more popular among professional poets. Over 30 professional poets – members of the Union of Writers of Russia, The Union of Russian authors and other professional literary associations will take part in the Professional nomination of “Slavonic field” festival this year.

The number of the festival’s participants is growing every year. In 2012 their number was 27, in 2015 – already 65.  In 2016 the organizers of the festival received over 140 applications form different authors, 124 of them were selected for participation. So far, 83 poets have confirmed their participation in the festival.  

This year the festival will unite poets from 19 regions of Russia, as well as from Belorussia, Latvia and Estonia. 

A special guest of the festival is Yuriy Konoplyannikov, an Honored Cultural Worker of Russia, a prose writer, a playwriter and a film actor.

Pskov Regional Division

of the Union of Writers of Russia 

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