November 1 – December 1, 2021:
The Library Association of the Republic of Karelia together with the National Library of Karelia held a cultural event ”Let’s Read Runes of the Epic Poem Kalevala in the Languages of the Peoples of the World”. The purpose of the event was to present a variety of translations of the Karelian-Finnish epic poem Kalevala on the Internet.
The organizers received 29 applications for joining the event: 22 applications from Karelia, 2 applications form St. Petersburg, 1 application from Kortkeros (The Republic of Komi), 1 application from Zelenodolsk (Tatarstan), and 2 applications from Denmark.
The applicants were asked to choose the language in which they would like to read the runes of the Kalevala. The organizer of the action, upon request, sent the text of the rune in the selected language.
As a result of the joint work, the final composition ”Let’s Read Runes of the Epic Poem Kalevala in the Languages of the Peoples of the World” consists of 21 videos, where people from Karelia, Tatarstan, Komi, Saint-Petersburg and Denmark read runes in their native languages (Russian, English, Latin, Lithuanian, Ukrainian, Vepsian, Karelian (North Karelian, Olonets Karelian), Finnish, Danish, German, French, Yiddish, Komi and Tatar. The organizers of the event thank everyone, who responded to the call to read the runes of the Kalevala!
We would like to inform you that the organizers of the event are going to repeat the invitation to participate in the reading of the Kalevala in the languages of the peoples of the world, because it is known that the epic poem is translated into more than 120 languages. In the collection of the National Library of the Republic of Karelia, there are translations into 25 languages. Inquiry email: email@example.com.
The cultural event ”Let’s Read Runes of the Epic Poem Kalevala in the Languages of the Peoples of the World” was held as a part of the project ”Here the Traditions of the Ancestors are Preserved...” with the support of the Ministry of National and Regional Policy of the Republic of Karelia.