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Poetry Recital Contest

8th Annual Russian Poetry Reciting Contest 

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When: Saturday, February 10, 2018
Time: 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Where: New Russia Cultural Center
1550 Broadway Rensselaer NY 
 Admission: Free
Congratulations to the 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






Poetry Recitation Workshop
When: Tuesday, January 23 at 6:30pm
Where: New Russia Cultural Center
Admission: Free

Poetry recitation performance coach, Yuri Naumkin, will run a Poetry Recitation Workshop for the Russian Poetry Recital contestants in their preparation for the contest.  Workshop will be both practical and interactive.  Contestants will avoid disappointment of their recitations mistakes and improve performances in their preparation for reciting and performing poetry on stage. 

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 winners will recite at the Grand Finale of the Russian Winter Festival on Sunday, February 25th 2018. The registration deadline is February 8th 2018.  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.  

Yuri Naumkin, an artistic director of the Russian Drama Studio
Marina Vaysberg, an artistic director of Children's Poetry Theater "Express",
Tim Sergay, Professor of Russian Language and Literature, SUNY

Screening the Children's Poetry Theater "Express" video
Recitation of Russian Poetry by Yuri Naumkin
Non-native Russian Speakers Division
Native Russian Speakers Division
Awards Ceremony and Reseption

Children contestants 2017

poetry contestants 2017


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