February 19 - 23, the NEFU Institute of Languages and Culture of Peoples of the North-East of the Russian Federation will host the 'Linguistic World of the Arctic' Festival. According to the university website, the festival is timed to the International Year of the Mother Tongue.
According to the candidate of philological sciences, head of the Northern Philology Department at the Institute of Languages and Culture of Peoples of the Russian North-East Antonina Vinokurova, the festival is designed to familiarize the public with the training and promotion of the languages and culture of the indigenous peoples of the North. “We want to establish the ‘Linguistic World of the Arctic’ Festival at the department as the main event in the following years, dedicated to the International Mother Language Day. This will become an indicator of the level of national self-awareness and knowledge of the languages and culture of the indigenous peoples and the Arctic among young people and students,” says the assistant professor.
Within the framework of the festival program, participants will get acquainted with the work of Even writers Andrei Krivoshapkin and Vasily Lebedev, take part in a round table on Dolgan language and culture, and attend the colloquium “The Scientific Heritage of the Evenki Language and Folklore Researcher A.N. Myreeva." The best student will be awarded the Anna Myreeva Prize. “Students of the Northern Philology Department will present videos of writers and researchers from among the indigenous peoples of the North, read poems by Even poets in Russian, English, Korean and Japanese,” added the assistant professor.