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17 March 2021, 09:01

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In 130 reading rooms and 76 cultural centers, it will be possible to communicate with teachers, take excursions, take part in master classes and quests, listen to lectures and watch performances.

Cultural centers and libraries of the capital’s Department of Culture invite adults and children to an open day. It will take place on March 20 from 10:00 to 20:00. Visitors will be able to attend free trial classes in circles and sections, get acquainted with teachers, as well as get to performances and lectures, take part in excursions and educational quests, she noted Natalia Sergunina, Deputy Mayor of Moscow.

“The open day will be held in 76 cultural centers and 130 libraries. We are holding it for the fifth time and are going to develop this practice. It was decided that such familiarization days will be organized twice a year: before September 1 and at the end of March. In spring, the townspeople will be able to sign up for the classes they like, which do not have to be attended precisely from the beginning of the school year, ”said Natalya Sergunina.

This is the first time that libraries have joined the action, she said. They also have something to show Muscovites, because today they are modern cultural spaces, where you can not only borrow a book or periodicals, but also attend master classes, lecture courses, literary readings, and performances.

The full program of the upcoming open day is published on the website “Online. Bibliogorod” in the section “Contests and promotions”.

Become a librarian and look into the collection of rare editions

In the library-reading room named after I.S. Turgenev (Bobrov pereulok, house 6, building 1) is undergoing a series of lectures “Guide to Art”. On March 20, everyone will have the opportunity to get to one of them called “Mysterious Prague: Travels in the Time of Emperor Rudolf II”. It will be conducted by art historian and library researcher Oleg Groznov. The lecture starts at 13:00.

Visit one of the oldest libraries in the capital – the library-reading room named after A.S. Pushkin (Spartakovskaya street, house 9, building 3) – and you can learn its history at 14:00. A thematic tour will take place in the mansion, which has been housing a cultural institution since 1912. Visitors will visit the first and second floors of the main house of the former city estate of the 18th-19th centuries, built in the style of Russian pseudo-baroque. Participants will walk through the halls and see interior elements: marble fireplaces, cast-iron openwork railings for balconies and stairs. The guide will tell you about the owners of this house, as well as how the library has worked for almost 120 years of its existence.

And in the Central City Youth Library named after M.A. Svetlova (Bolshoy Tishinsky lane, house 24), the quest “Keepers” awaits participants. The guests of the reading room will temporarily become librarians and learn all the subtleties of this profession. They will get acquainted with a special code, issue a library card and even try to pick up a book for visitors. The quest starts at 15:00.

You can see the collection of magazines on architecture, art, music, theater and cinema of the mid-19th – first third of the 20th century, publications from the period of the Great Patriotic War, as well as copies of books in Russian and other European languages ​​of the 17th-21st centuries during an excursion to the Central Universal Scientific library named after N.A. Nekrasov (Baumanskaya street, house 58/25, building 14). Adults and children are invited to look into the collection of rare publications and collections. In addition to books and periodicals, participants will see other rare printed products from different years, such as factory labels, advertising posters of the pre-revolutionary and Soviet era. The cognitive journey will begin at 18:00.

Watch the performance based on the works of Vampilov and dance the rumba

Cultural centers for the open day have prepared their own program.

Art cluster “East” (Martenovskaya street, house 7) invites children to a lesson called “Paper fashion”. The children will receive the material and the task to create their own costume out of paper, and then they will take part in a fashion show competition. The authors of the three best costumes will receive prizes. Beginning at 13:00.

A master class on Latin American dances will be held at the cultural center “Maryina Roshcha” (58 Oktyabrskaya Street). Adult participants will learn the movements of cha-cha-cha, samba, rumba and jive. Everyone is welcome at 17:00.

Those who prefer dramatic art to dancing can go to the play “Such melancholy, such tenderness”, based on several stories by the famous writer and playwright Alexander Vampilov. The performance will take place in the Phoenix club (Zhivopisnaya street, 30, building 2) at 17:00.

At open house events, visitors are required to maintain social distance and use personal protective equipment. Each guest will have their temperature measured with a non-contact thermometer.

In cultural centers, creative and educational events are regularly held – lectures, master classes, open meetings, as well as professional lessons and much more. View concerts, performances and video interviews with writers and directors, listen to lectures, as well as read books from the rare funds of the capital’s libraries, find educational literature and listen to audiobooks on the portal “Online. Bibliogorod”.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and or sentence structure not be perfect.

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