The Second day of the “Voices of Friends” festival

Results of the second day of the “Voices of Friends” international festival (the 9th of September)

The second day of our international festival “Voices of Friends” is already behind us. What have we managed to do today?

The day started with a bright and informative master-class about intuitive painting, which was held by one of the winners of the “Top 25 works of art of Eurasia” competition Yussuf Krykbessov. The participants of the master-class learned what this art is connected with and how to feel such paintings correctly, and then they tested themselves in this art direction.

For the absentee participants of the festival, there was a zoom-conference on the topic “The era of bloggers – challenges and prospects”. Speakers of the meeting were Victoria Levin, Marina Starchevskaya, Ludmila Katz, Adolina Gordon, Irina Sapir, Luciya Kamaeva, Mikhail Ananov and Musakun Satybaldiev.

For film lovers, the Guild has held a private screening of the winners-films of the ECG Film Festival. The audience got acquainted with the work of the musical band from Belarus “Nevrida”, watched the short film by Anastasia Baulina “Duel”, and the full-length historical film “Baluan Sholak” by Kazakh director Nurgeldi Sadygulov.

At the end of the day there was a presentation of the corporate member of the Guild – the Literary Agency “Large Print”. Representatives of the agency Kristina Bikshataeva and Ivan Mitryaykin presented the works of their authors Ivan Mitryaykin, Olga Chernienko, Oleg Shtelman, Grigory Bystritsky, Boris Alekseev, Leon Smith, Lana Rementsova , Arina Lezhina, Sariya Mammadova. The representatives also shared information about why it is important to promote yourselves and how to do it correctly, and then gifted the books to the library fund of the ECG’s Art-Residence and expressed their desire to cooperate with Hertfordshire Press in publishing the book “Elish and the Wicker Tales” in Russian.

Later the members of the Guild made presentations of their books and activities in general. Writer Marina Alyassova shared the story of writing the book “Не ходите, девки, замуж”, in which she talks about relationships between people, family institute, about dreams and problems with finding ourselves. Then the children’s poet and writer from Belarus Mikhail Kunitskiy, who has recently published the children’s fairy tale “Путешествие на четырех лапах” in co-operation with the publishing house Hertfordshire Press, told the audience the story about his book and read his poems, which at some point brought all the guests back to that carefree childhood.

The official part of the day ended with a speech by the main literary agent of Kazakhstan, Bakhtygul Makhanbetova, a presentation of the book “Катарсис. Поколение обрезанное цензурой” written by Vadim Kuramshin, as well as a presentation by Hertfordshire Press and books by its authors. Afterwards, the guests went to the opening of a fireplace of the residence, where, in the warm atmosphere everyone discussed the festival, international interaction, and also sang songs and told interesting stories.

We thank everyone who shared with us the joyful moments of today, and we look forward to seeing you full of strength and energy tomorrow! And especially for those who cannot participate with us in person, we also conduct online events.

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