Week of Borderless Poetry dedicated to the World Poetry Day, 21 March was held at Varna Free University
The organizers of the event – the Russian Center and the Department of Foreign Language Teaching approached the students with a proposal to demonstrate their way to one of the greatest arts created by humankind - poetry. The choice was unlimited, in all languages, with the possibility of presenting familiar or students’ own translations. The main objective for the young people was to immerse themselves in the magical power of the poetic word that has a huge impact on everyone.
The students enthusiastically embraced the idea to seek, find and read favorite works in their native or in a foreign language to acquaint their fellow students with the life and work of their chosen poet.
The World Poetry Day is a real opportunity for everyone to show their creativity and abilities. Among the talents of Varna Free University was Zhaklin Angelova, first-year student majoring in Architecture who stood out presenting her own works and their translation into English.
The foreign students from the preparatory course also took part in the initiative. They read during their classes works by their homeland poets - Alexander Pushkin, Anna Akhmatova, Pavel Tichin, Paruir Sevak, Nazim Hikmet, Yuzdemir Asaph, Abay Kunanbaev. Verses were read in the Russian, Armenian, Turkish, Ukrainian and Kazakh languages and were translated into Bulgarian.
It is impossible to mention all the participants in the event of Borderless Poetry but among the most memorable performances was that of the third-year students majoring in International Relations and Law. They not only read poetry, but also sang poems which have turned into popular songs such as the poem Eterno Agosto by the contemporary Spanish author, composer and performer Alvaro Soler presented by Zornitsa Vladimirova. Zhian Shiho has chosen verses by Louis Aragon while Teodora Panayotova and Yanita Dimitrova read excerpts from the works of the patriarch of Bulgarian literature Ivan Vazov and one of the most beloved Bulgarian poets Damyan Damyanov.
The students who distinguished themselves in the initiative received special awards provided by the University Library and the Russian Center of Varna Free University.
The poetry week ended with an invitation for a film about the American poetess of the 19th century, Emily Dickinson - "Quiet Passion", the premiere of which took place at the Festival and Congress Center. The film is an interesting account about the life of the poetess, whose wonderful verses did not receive recognition until her death.