Festival of Russian Culture in Beijing
The Festival of Russian Culture is underway in Beijing, organized by the Russian Center together with the Institute of Russian Language at Beijing Foreign Studies University with support from the Russkiy Mir Foundation.
The final round of the competition "My Favorite Book" was held on April 21. Based on a preliminary selection round through written essays on the contestants' favorite work of Russian literature, six finalists gave prepared presentations before the jury and peers gathered in the reading hall of the Russian Center.
Prior to the beginning of the presentations, the moderator played organized an impromptu quiz of audience members on the theme "Do you know Russian writers?" The winners were announced at the end of the session, with first-year student Lu Chan taking first place for her presentation about Ivan Bunin's Grammar of Love.
On April 22 a gala-concert was held at the Main Hall of Beijing Foreign Studies University with the participation of Russian studies student groups from Beijing universities, the ensemble of the Russian Cultural Center and soloist-laureates of the competition "Chinese Sing Russian Songs". Prior to the start of the concert, the guests were given St. George Ribbons as a sign of remembrance of those who suffered and died in the struggle against Fascism during World War II