Every year between 28th of February and 9th of April an international marathon Kalevala’s Mosaic dedicated to the Kalevala epic poem is held in Karelia. The 28th of February is celebrated as the Day of Kalevala in Karelia and in Finland.
On the 28th of February 1835 Elias Lönnrot gave to the printing house the first version of the Kalevala epic poem which was published in 1835-1836 in two books in circulation of 500 copies. The 9th April is Elias Lönnrot’s (1802-1884) birthday, who was an outstanding Finnish literary figure, scientist, poet and doctor by profession. Lönnrot made a grandiose work for collecting folklore and the Kalevala epic poem. In 1828 - 1845 he made eleven trips to Finnish and Russian Karelia, got acquainted with rune-singers of these places. He managed to record about sixty thousands poems and many fairytales, proverbs, riddles and spells.
On the 29th of February 2016 the National Library of Karelia in the framework of the annual international cultural marathon Kalevala’s Mosaic organized a video lecture The Epic Poem Kalevala in the Cinema. The marathon traditionally begins on the 28th of February on the International Kalevala’s Day and ends on the 9th of April on Elias Lönnrot’s birthday.
During the video lecture fragments from the best films bas on the world famous epic poem Kalevala were showed.
Virtual exhibitions dedicated to the Karelian-Finnish epic poem
The materials for the virtual gallery were collected from different sources. But all of them are based on the Kalevala, that was born over many centuries and was collected in the 19th century and since the publication has been the source of inspiration for artists, writers and composers.
The Museum of Fine Arts of the Republic of Karelia opened the exhibition Kalevala Modern View, dedicated to the 180th anniversary of the first Kalevala (1835). This is a great international project supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Karelia and also Finnish partners: the Arts Promotion Centre of Northern Ostrobothnia and Kainuu, the Arts Promotion Centre of Lapland, the Arts Promotion Centre of North Karelia.
The exhibition Kalevala through the Eyes of Russian Artists is a joint project of the Finnish Kalevala Society and the Institute of Finland in St-Petersburg. Especially for this project artists created their works based on the Karelian-Finnish epic poem. The exhibition consists of works by seven authors. Among them there are Igor Baranov, Aleksandr Novoselov, Tatiana Chursinova from St-Petersburg, Sergey Terentiev, Antonina Iufa, Natalia Egorova from Petrozavodsk and Natalia Zatulovskai
Publications of the Karelian-Finnish epic poem Kalevala
Kalevala in the world languages. The list of translations of Kalevala into different languages of the world except Russian from the collection of the National Library of the Republic of Karelia
Kalevala in Ukrainian Two editions of the epic poem in Ukrainian from the collection of translations of Kalevala into different languages
In 2015 the 180th anniversary of the first edition of the Kalevala was celebrated
The presentation was organized by the Karjalan Sivistysseura (“The Society for Promotion of the Karelian Culture”), the Petrozavodsk office of the Consulate General of Finland, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Karelia and the National Library of the Republic of Karelia.