On September 15, Kharkiv Literary Museum marked its 30th anniversary with a chain of open events from morning till night.
All sorts of activities took place in several locations: inside the museum, in the garden and on the nearby street.
As a part of the Literature and Problems topic, various discussions and lectures were held for youngsters and teenagers. High school students, teachers and representatives of the museum’s education department discussed the school program and textbooks. Following on, famous Ukrainian journalist Zurab Alasania gave a lecture about the exercise of critical thinking in the modern information society.
The events also took place outside the museum’s building. A young author, 15-year-old Mykyta Lukash, presented his book “A bag of Mishkovinka stories” (English: Canvas).
“For the first time, the book of our student was presented in our premises. Mykyta has been visiting the museum since he was 9 years old. The boy signed a contract with Vivat Kharkiv publisher when he was 14. He is the youngest author in our museum,” said Tetiana Trofimova, the museum’s employee.
Within Joy and Reading topic, “Pinocchio,” based on Carlo Collodi’s story, “Fantasy World” and “The Chronicles of Narnia” by C.S. Lewis interactive museum classes were offered to the youngsters.
As part of Literature and Ordeals, Valentyna Butenko gave a master-class entitled “Tactile Books.” During the book fair, Dot printing house from Madrid presented two books written in Braille.
Lots of events were carried out for adult visitors. Contemporary famous Ukrainian authors, including Yurii Andrukhovich, Volodymyr Rafiyenko, Oleh Kotsarev and Andriy Voynytskiy caught up to all comers. Authors’ advice was posted on the balloons which were placed on the street.
Young writers were able to present their works standing on a ladder.
The Book on the Dock exhibition, which was presented by its curator Tetiana Pylypchuk and co-curator Oleksandra Savchenko, told about forbidden books which have been materially destroyed or imprisoned for years during Soviet times. The organizers shared their opinion on how to make it possible for a person to make the right choice of book and learn to think.
For those who were looking for privacy, there was a solitude area.
In the evening, singer Misko Barbara and Alcohol Ukulele band from Kharkiv gave a concert to visitors.
Lovers could swing on the Swing for Kisses in the open air.
It was very apparent the event could amuse the visitors of all ages and preferences.
Text: Natalia Ivanova
Photo: Julia Razmetaeva, LitPro Facebook page