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The First Moscow Festival of Australian Poetry

Norman Selfe Room (Level 3),
Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts (280 Pitt Street, Sydney)
December 6, 7:30pm

Bilingua Club (Moscow, Krivokolennyj per., 10, str. 5)
December 6, 11:30am



The best Russian poets read their works, specially written for the Australian audience, about the country in which they have never been

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Resisting the global climate warming, which is to a great extent a result of growing coldness in human relationships, a group of Russian poets under the guidance of an outstanding contemporary artist Vladimir Smolyar made the first attempt to overcome centuries-old barriers formed of sandy sediment of insignificant misunderstanding, of groundwater of hidden grievances, of basalt blocks of long-standing detestation and fiery magma of delirious anger among peoples, and all the same in reverse order and on the opposite side, so that starting from a cafe in central Moscow, passing through the heart of our planet, a thin poetic line can be extended to the opposite continent, red in the rays of the setting sun and green in the early dawn — to distant Australia, where in the centre of Sydney, the Antipodes Association led by highly gifted Tatiana Bonch-Osmolovskaya caught the line and offered it to lovers of poetry in the language understandable to antipodes.


View from the digged tunnel to Sydney side

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View from the digged tunnel to Moscow side

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There and then an unearthly music was heard from the tunnel — it was Marianna Batkhan performing a song about country down under

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Tatiana and Mikhail Bonch-Osmolovskie made a welcoming speech

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The readings begin

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Vladimir Aristov
«Australis» (to her looking through the sea)
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Margarita Kaganova
«Fly, fly to the other land»
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Vladimir Gubaylovsky
«Cruel Sun»
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Tatiana Daniliants
«Déjà vu»
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Igor Zhukov
«Daddy-EMU» and «Society of unprotected poets»
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Dina Gatina
«On the roofs»
(text)
 
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Alexey Ostudin
«australia.au»
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Danila Davydov
«The icon signs…»
(text)

Multicultural and multinational Australia was presented by Auburn Poets and Writers Group with Omeima Sukkarieh, Alissar Chidiac, Farid Farid, Danny Gardner, Maureen Ten, Ali Ulutas, Stephen Brooks, Sriskanthadas Bhagavadas, Dorothy Makasa, Nasha'a Abdul-Hassan Alrobaiay, Nur Alam participating in the «Exploring Multilingual Spaces» performance.

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The readings continue

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Yulia Skorodumova
«Australian folk song» (cruel romance)
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Igor Panin
«LoveInternet»
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Arkady Shtypel
«and america has been discovered already…»
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Vsevolod Emelin
«Thoughts about Australia in view of Global Warming˙»
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Andrey Rodionov
«Not long ago, a few years back…»
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Maria Galina
«Kraken. From Alfred Tennison»
(text)
 
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Andrey Tavrov
«At the time when homes are deserted»
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Yuliy Gugolev
 
 


Some poets have been lost in the underground tunnels and were found later, one in Italy province Turin, the other — in Moscow suburb Tushino, nevertheless they managed to make their contribution to digging a tunnel

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Boris Khersonsky
«Observing disturbance in my city
I admire the rules of the Southern Kingdom»
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Evgeny Lesin
«How can we without a bit of insanity»
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The presenters accomplished the readings

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Vadim Mesyats
«Not for me» (Cossacks' song)
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Tatiana Bonch-Osmolovskaya
«Some pages from the book of the traveler to the south»
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Audience applauded to the poets. At the end two more participants read in Sydney: David Wansbrough told about Michlukho-Makhlay and a platypus, and Paul Knobel read his poem about Akhmatova.

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The portal closed!

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Authors and curators: Tatiana Bonch-Osmolovskaya, Vladimir Smolyar.

Presenters: Tatiana Bonch-Osmolovskaya, Vadim Mesyats.

Translators: Vladimir Aristov, Mikhail Bonch-Osmolovskiy, Tatiana Bonch-Osmolovskaya, Tatiana Daniliyants, Maria Galina, Lyudmila Khersonskaya, Irina Mesyats, Vadim Mesyats, Gram Winter, Matvei Yankelevich.

Organizers: Marianna Bathan, Gleb Bonch-Osmolovskiy, Mikhail Butov, Lubov Dmitrieva, Vladimir Gizatulin, Ilya Glukhov, Sergey Golovetskiy, Irina Kozyrevich, Dmitry Lobanov, Alexander Pettay.

With a support from: Russian Gulliver Publishing project, Cultural Initiative Club, «AMERIKI NET» project, Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts, Auburn Poets and Writers Group, UNSW.