Celebrations in honor of Alexander Pushkin will be held on June 6 in more than 80 countries. Celebratory events will be held on all continents, except, perhaps, Antarctica. The birthday of Russia’s most established will be celebrated in Ukraine, despite the recently adopted law on the status of the Ukrainian language and the oppression of the Russian-speaking population of the country by Kiev. Pushkin's syllable will also be recalled in the UK - poetry festival “Pushkin in Britain” will be held in London’s Covent Garden, Pushkin’s poems will be read in the leading universities of the kingdom. Negotiations are also under way for the installation of a monument to the poet in London; in Moscow it is planned to open a monument to Shakespeare in response – says Anton Chesnokov.
Love for Russian culture and Pushkin’s verse is stronger than any sanctions and news hype, at least in the UK. The head of Rossotrudnichestvo in the British capital, Anton Chesnokov, immediately assured Izvestia that there is no trace of any anti-Russian hysteria, which is often reported in the media. In honor of Pushkin’s birthday, lovers of Russian culture will gather in London’s Covent Garden, where the finale of the international poetic tournament Pushkin in Britain will take place from June 6 to 8, 2019.
- This year, it is particularly pleasing to see the younger generation actively participating in our projects - in virtually all Russian schools in the UK there will be group readings of Pushkin’s poems. Evenings of Russian poetry are planned in many old universities in the UK. There is demand for such evenings, including in Oxford and Cambridge, - said the representative of Rossotrudnichestvo in the UK.
He also announced his intention to erect a monument to Pushkin in London. But there is no specific date for opening.
- There are such plans, we are developing them, but it’s all in the hands of the British authorities. It should be mutual with our British friends. For a long time, there have been plans to open a monument to Pushkin in London, and to Shakespeare in Moscow - said Anton Chesnokov.
At the same time, it is worth noting that Pushkin himself had a keen interest in English culture - in 1828, immediately after returning to St. Petersburg from the Mikhailovsk exile, the poet began to actively study English in order to better understand his favorite authors - the already mentioned Shakespeare, as well as Byron and Milton.
In addition to meeting in real life, affiliates of Rossotrudnichestvo around the world decided to honor the memory of Pushkin on the World Wide Web and launched a digital poetic campaign #Pushkin220. Internet users post videos of them reciting Pushkin’s poems on social networks, using the campaign’s hashtag. At the time of writing this article, Twitter and Facebook had over 500 such publications.