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Russian as the Language of Love. On the occasion of Russian Language Day
Date: 6 June 2017
12:30 - 13:30
Organization: UNOG
Location: Library Events Room
Category: Performance
patron: Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation

This event takes place at the Palais des Nations, Library Events Room, B Building, 1st Fl.; Entry: Pregny Gate; Access: Door 20.

About the event:

The Permanent Mission of the the Russian Federation, in partnership with Russian Cultural Seasons, would like to organize a romance performance, a painting exhibition and an etchings exhibition on the occasion of the annual Russian Language Day.

The UN Russian Language Day is observed annually on 6 June. The date coincides with the birthday of Aleksandr Pushkin, a Russian poet who is considered the father of modern Russian literature. Russian Language Day was established by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2010. The initiative of the UN Language Days was launched in order to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity and to promote equal use of all six of the UN's official working languages throughout the organization.

About the Russian romance performance:

Russian romance or Russian Gypsy song is a type of sentimental art song with hints of Gypsy influence that was developed in Imperial Russia by such composers as Alexander Alyabyev (1787–1851), Alexander Varlamov (1801–48), and Alexander Gurilyov (1803–58).
The Russian romance had its heyday in the 1910s and 1920s. In the early Soviet era the genre was less favoured, as it was seen as a vestige of the pre-revolutionary "decadent and bourgeois" sensibility through much of the 20th century.

The performance of romances will be done by two actors from the Mayakovsky Theatre (Moscow, Russia), Mrs Lyubov’ Rudenko and Mr Alexey Fateev. They will sing the Russian romances in Russian, French and English languages.

All attendees who do not hold a UN ground badge are kindly requested to register at http://reg.unog.ch/e/russian_language_day.

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