Russian Poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko in Malta for literary event

Russian Poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko, best-known for his poem, Babi Yar and the eponymous symphony made in collaboration with composer Dmitri Shostakovich, is to visit Malta shortly.

Born in Siberia, in 1933, Yevtushenko became one of the most famous poets in his country during the 50s and 60s. He protested against the Soviet Union’s refusal to recognise Babi Yar, a ravine in Kiev, where Nazis committed the mass murder of 33,000 Jews in September of 1941. His literary work, Babi Yar was written in 1961.

Over the years, Yevtushenko and Shostakovich toured many countries with the performances of Babi Yar, and made several recordings of the Symphony No 13. The site where the incident took place is now an important World War II memorial.

Yevtushenko has received numerous Russian and international awards for his literary works. In 2007, he was nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature for Babi Yar. He recently received the UNESCO medal and diploma “for outstanding contribution to developing culture and strengthening inter-cultural dialogue and relations among nations.”

On 28 June, at the Russian Chapel in San Anton Palace in Attard, the distinguished poet, writer, actor and film director will attend a literary evening with readings in Maltese of a few of his poems.

The event will be moderated by award-winning Maltese writer Immanuel Mifsud. This event is the result of initiatives by the Arts Council Malta, as well as by Snezhana and Evgueni Bodishtianu, Principals of the RBSM International Boarding School locally.

The National Book Council is supporting this event which offers a unique opportunity to meet the world-renowned Russian poet and discuss poetry and ideas. As mentioned above, the readings will be in Maltese.

Entrance is free. Doors will be open at 7.00pm and the event commences at 7.30pm. Refreshments will be served after the discussions.

To reserve a seat, please email by Thursday 26 June at noon.