LETI Student from Chad won the Grand Prix of the Eastern Poetry Evening

LETI Student from Chad won the Grand Prix of the Eastern Poetry Evening

Students from Abkhazia, Yemen, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Russia, Syria, Malaysia, China, Zimbabwe, Jordan, Nigeria, Mali, Palestine, Mongolia and Togo recited poems in their national languages celebrating love for a mother, nature and the motherland.

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On March 1, the XVIII Saint Petersburg Student Eastern Poetry Evening took place at the concert hall of Saint Petersburg University of Humanities and Social Sciences. The judges awarded the Grand Prix of the contest to Abdoulwahab Ahmat Souleymane, a student of the Preparatory Department of ETU “LETI” from Chad.

The Eastern Poetry Evening gathered the representatives of more than 20 universities coming from Abkhazia, Yemen, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Russia, Syria, Malaysia, China, Zimbabwe, Jordan, Nigeria, Mali, Palestine, Mongolia, Togo and other countries. The participants recited poems about love for a mother, nature and the motherland in their national languages. The concert programme also included theatre performances that introduced the audience to the music, songs and dances of different nationalities.

“This evening provided for me an opportunity to explore different cultures and their traditional dances, to see their style of clothing and to listen to a number of languages as well as to meet students from other universities.”

Student of the Preparatory Department of ETU “LETI” Abdoulwahab Ahmat Souleymane

ETU “LETI” student Abdoulwahab Ahmat Souleymane performed a renowned poem by Alexander S. Pushkin “I loved you once” in the original and in translation to the Arabic language – one of the official languages of the Republic of Chad.

The panel of judges included professional writers and professors of Saint Petersburg University of Humanities and Social Sciences and Saint Petersburg State Institute of Culture as well as the Chairman of the Saint Petersburg Committee for Science and Higher Education Andrey S. Maximov, People’s Artist of Russia, actor Nikolay V. Burov and Consul General of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Saint Petersburg Sultan M. Gasymov.

About the Event

The first Saint Petersburg Student Eastern Poetry Evening was held in 2006. The idea to organize this event belonged to the Honorary Citizen of Saint Petersburg, writer Daniil A. Granin. The goal of the contest is to establish and promote an intercultural dialogue through art. Over the 18 years of existence, the Eastern Poetry Evening witnessed the performances of the students from 63 countries.