This June 6, a hundred participants attended the 1st Venezuelan Congress of the Russian Language, a space organized by the Venezuelan-Russian Chamber of Economic Cooperation, Caverus, together with a dozen other organizations, on the occasion of the celebration of the official day of the Russian language.
This space included the participation of renowned speakers and guests, who shared with the audience their successful experiences in various professional, academic and artistic fields, which have been possible thanks to their knowledge of the Russian language.
The event was led by the President of Caverus, Pablo T. Candurin, who received the participants with an introduction that highlighted the work of the chamber to create spaces for learning and teaching the Russian language in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, as a way to contribute to the promotion of relaciones financial and commercial relations between this nation and the Russian Federation.
Within the framework of the congress, Candurin formally delivered to Mr. Miguel Marín, Vice President of VENETUR, a program for the reception of Russian interns to strengthen the agreement between Venezuela and Russia in tourism matters. This initiative hopes to improve the indicators of care and adequacy of services for Slavic tourists in Venezuela and also project the Russian language in the Caribbean nation.
Life experiences linked to the Russian language
As part of the presentations of the 1st Venezuelan Congress of the Russian Language, the participants listened carefully to the interventions of Eliana Salazar, Manager of CONVIAJES; Andreina Tarazón, President of the Center for the High Study of Development and Emerging Economies; Tatiana Lugo, Master in Philology graduated in the Soviet Union, professor with decades of experience at the UCV School of Modern Languages; and Irina Ródina, teacher and promoter of the Russian language and member of the Russian-Slavic World Foundation.
In each of their participations, the speakers highlighted the potential of learning the Russian language and the relevance of this language in various work, professional, financial and geopolitical fields. Their interventions motivated the participants to participate in activities and spaces for learning the Russian language, as a way to bring the cultures of Venezuela and Russia closer together.
The space also served to recognize the great legacy of the renowned Russian poet Aleksandr Pushkin, on whose birthday the day of the Russian language is celebrated.
Venezuelan professionals value training in Russia
The 1st Venezuelan Congress of the Russian language also had a space dedicated to learning about the experience of Venezuelan men and women who have projected their professional career thanks to the learning of the Russian language.
In this sense, Erikmar Balza, Director of National and International Cooperation of the Ministry of People's Power for Youth and Sports, shared the great value that having studied at the Federal University of Services of the Volga Region and Kazan Federal University.
For his part, Miguel Maregatti, a mechanical engineer and professional in the Venezuelan oil industry, highlighted part of his experience and learning upon completing his doctoral training in Oil and Gas Engineering at the Industrial University of Tyumen, Siberia.
Finally, the Venezuelan writer David Gómez Rodríguez, who chairs the Training and Innovation Foundation for Rural Development (CIARA), shared how he has applied his experience as an undergraduate and graduate university student in the Russian Federation.
Russian art, culture and gastronomy in Venezuela
Finally, the 1st Venezuelan Congress of the Russian language had the participation of distinguished guests who highlighted the importance of approaching Russian culture through knowledge of its language.
In their speeches, Mrs. Alla Bovkis, a teacher of Russian for more than forty years and who donated more than 4 books in Russian to Caverus; and Gabriela Acevedo, founder of the recently formed Ballet Renacimiento, shared their experiences as promoters of Russian culture and language in Venezuela, inviting the participants to approach the artistic manifestations of Russia as a way to broaden their vision of the world.
Those attending the event enjoyed the presentation of the Rompía Scene Theater Company, under the direction of José Gregorio Castro, who performed the play by Antón Chekhov called "La Institutriz", performed by actresses Sharon Rodríguez and Laura Bustamante.
The participants also appreciated various European and Russian ballet pieces performed with great skill and mastery by the Renaissance Ballet, with costumes brought from Russia as a donation by Caverus allies, as well as pieces performed by the Belkys Ramírez Ballet Studio.
The attendees, guests and speakers at the congress were also delighted with the musical performance of an ensemble of wind instruments by musicians from the National System of Orchestras, and the presentation of the singer-songwriter Ylich Orsini, known in the Caracas nightlife as Ylich, El Ruso, who has contributed pieces of the Russian salsa genre to the Caracas music scene.
The closing of the event was the appropriate space for the participants to taste Russian dishes and share their positive assessment of this 1st Venezuelan Congress of the Russian Language, which will continue every June, with the participation and support of language enthusiasts and the culture of Russia inside and outside Venezuela, together with public and private organizations related to Russia.