On 4 March 2015 the British Embassy in Moscow together with the Inter-Regional Reading Federation will be holding First bilingual reading contest – Loud Allowed - in nine cities across Russia.
Contestants will be invited to perform unseen pieces of prose and poetry taken from Russian and British literature.
The competition takes place during the 100th anniversary of the First World War. To mark this event, readings will include poems by the great British war poets, extracts of letters written by those involved in the war, as well as more contemporary pieces of literature.
Through the competition we seek to highlight the shared history of Britain and Russia in the First World War, to celebrate the strong literary traditions of both countries, and to identify talented performers of the spoken word.
The competition will open in Novosibirsk on Wednesday 4 March and will then move to other cities across Russia – Perm, Ekaterinburg, St Petersburg, Moscow, Krasnoyarsk, Vladivostok, Kazan, and Arkhangelsk. The winners from each city will be invited to take part in the Grand Final which will take place in Moscow in June.