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Poetry Recital Contest

9th Annual Russian Poetry Reciting Contest 

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When: Saturday, February 2, 2019
Time: 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Where: New Russia Cultural Center
1550 Broadway Rensselaer NY 
 Admission: Free


Preparation for the Poetry Reciting Contest
The Poetry Recitation Workshops will help the contestants in their preparation for the Russian Poetry Reciting contest.  Workshops will be both practical and interactive.  Contestants will avoid disappointment of their recitation mistakes and improve performances of poetry on stage.

Poetry Recitation Workshops
When: Saturdays, January 12, 19, 26 
Time: 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Admission: Free
Tatiana Stepanets - January 12
Marina Taborovskaya - January 19
Yuri Naumkin - January 26

Participation in the Poetry Recital Contest can be a very rewarding experience for local students who love poetry and learn Russian.  The Contest is dedicated to strengthening local communities through the art of Russian poetry.  The contest emphasizes the pleasure of reciting poems.  There are numerous benefits to poetry recitals.  Children have gained experience of standing and speaking in front of a group, build confidence, overcome shyness.  They develop public speaking ability. Recitation is the easiest way for children to do some public speaking.  It cultivates writing skills.  As children memorize well-written poems, they are storing in their minds templates and models of excellent writing which will serve them as they write themselves.

Children and adults recite in Russian one poem of their choice.  Both "Native Russian speakers" and "Non-native Russian speakers” are welcome to participate. Award Ceremony and Contestants Reception will be followed.  The registration deadline is January 26 2019.  For the aplication form click here.

Three age levels:
3 - 6 years old
7-12 years old
13years old and up
Two divisions:
Native Russian Speakers and Non-Native Russian Speakers

"Native speakers" are Contestants who use Russian language at home. "Non-native speakers" refers to Contestants whose home language is other than Russian. Photos and videos taken during the contest will be used for promotional purposes for the Russian Winter Festival.  

Alla Slutskaya, member of NRCC Russian Drama Theater
Marina Vaysberg, an artistic director of Children's Poetry Theater "Express",
Tim Sergay, Professor of Russian Language and Literature, SUNY

Recitation of Russian Poetry by Yuri Naumkin
Native Russian Speakers Division - Children
Break: Puppet show "MIracle Sourcream"
Native Russian Speakers Division - Adults
Break: Yuri Naumkin Recitation Performance
Non-native Russian Speakers Division
Break: Yuri Naumkin Recitation Performance
Awards Ceremony and
Reception and Pinata Game for children

Ths Winners of the Russian Poetry Recital Contest 2018!

children contestants 2018Native Speakers Division, 3-6 yrs.:
1st place: Maxim Bolotnikov, Lesana Teslenko
2nd place: Fyodor Lobastov and Vera Korableva
3rd place: Daniel, Benjamin and Jeremy Epstein

Native Speakers Division,13 yrs. and older:
1st place Igor Epshtein and Dennis Howard
2nd place: Alik Verba and Rita Rutina
3rd place: Tatiana Stepanets and Tatiana Deptola

non native winners 2018Non-Native Speakers Division, 13 yrs. and older:
1st place: Joe Meschino*
2nd place: Nazeer Sarwar
3rd: Marisa Dreibelbis





Children contestants 2017

poetry contestants 2017






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