Live Classics: Foreign kids quoting Russian literature

The final of the LIVE CLASSICS 2016 competition for young Russian-speaking readers took place at the end of May at the famous Soviet and now Russian children's camp Artek, Gurzuf, Crimea. RBTH spent a few days with the finalists and saw how it went.

The competition is aimed at stimulating interest in the Russian language among young foreigners and Russian expats.

The format is rather simple: children aged 10-16 read aloud excerpts from their favourite books in Russian. It can be an extract from Anton Chekhov or from Mark Twain - but in Russian translation.

About 10,000 children from 80 countries took part in the competition.

The finalists came to Artek for 2 weeks at the end of May. Here they practiced their acting skills, met with Russian actors and writers, and took part in the camp program, which is rather diverse.

The next Live Classics competition will be held online this autumn – get your kids enrolled now!

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