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Red Square fully booked: Literary festival in the heart of Moscow

Red Square hosts a literary festival 'The Books of Russia.'
By Ksenia Isaeva
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Ruslan Sukhushin

For the very first time in its history, Red Square hosts a literary festival 'The Books of Russia'.
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Ruslan Sukhushin

A literary festival 'The Books of Russia' occupies more than 250,000 square feet from the State Historical Museum almost to St. Basil’s Cathedral, and is split into thematic zones.
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Victor Vasenin / RG

It also attracted President Vladimir Putin, who visited the Festival on the first day, 25th of June.
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Arkadyi Kolybalov / RG

After the official part, the opening ceremony of the Books of Russia Festival continued with a performance by renowned Russian pianist Denis Matsuev.
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Ruslan Sukhushin

Its main focus is a book market divided by genre, and there is also a stage and a lecture hall, where events such as talks with famous writers and performances are held. During the four days of the festival, different zones will host meetings with writers and poets, including Zakhar Prilepin, Vladimir Pozner, Pavel Basinsky, Eugene Vodolazkin, Mikhail Veller, and Alexander Kabakov.
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Victor Vasenin / RG

There are four interactive zones (fiction, children’s literature, non-fiction and library) where visitors can buy souvenirs, watch films, meet with authors or just relax.
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Victor Vasenin / RG

The budget of the festival is 40 million rubles ($730,000), according to the head of The Russian Federal Agency for Press and Mass Communications, Mikhail Seslavinsky.
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Ruslan Sukhushin

The organizers have placed special emphasis on children’s literature, and so there are lectures by children's authors, master classes, literature quests, presentations of new books and awards in this genre.
June 26, 2015
Tags: books, russian literature, literature

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