Durham University students who are studying Russian held a literary and musical evening dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the USSR’s victory in the Great Patriotic War.
Durham University is one of UK’s leading universities. Most freshmen who have chosen to study Russian start to learn it from scratch. Students choose Russian for various reasons: many love Russian literature, culture, and many are interested in history. However, they tend to know very little about World War II and have little or no knowledge of what happened on the Eastern Front.
At the event, students talked about the significant events of the Great Patriotic War, but the main emphasis was on documentary and literary sources, poems and songs. To make sure that the audience could sing along with the performers, lyrics of Russian war songs were duplicated in Latin letters. The presentation with photographs, audio and video materials of the war years was translated into English.
The Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Edinburgh provided the participants with St. George ribbons. Vice-Consul Vasily Kashtanov also took part in the evening and awarded the participants with letters of gratitude.
The students and their teacher are planning to prepare a festive concert in the framework of the Year of Memory and Glory in Russia. The event will be organized with support of the representative office Rossotrudnichestvo in London.
Based on materials from Olga Zabotkina
Russian language teacher at Durham University
Member of the British Higher Education Academy
Member of the Union of Journalists of Russia