MINSK, 23 November (BelTA) - The Estonian Kivioli celebrated 115 years since the birth of famous Belarusian writer Jan Skryhan, BelTA learned from the Belarusian Embassy in Estonia.
“The event was organized by the Belarusian Culture Association Ida-Virumaa BEZ (Johvi) with the support of the Belarusian Embassy. First Secretary of the Belarusian Embassy in Estonia Aleksandr Tatarkin, the head of the BEZ association Zinaida Klyga, and head of the Narva Belarusian society Syabry Lyudmila Annus addressed the participants with a welcome speech," the diplomatic mission said.
The festive concert, which took place in the local library, featured the excerpts from the memoirs and works of Jan Skryhan, poems dedicated to the writer, and Belarusian songs performed by the amateur company of the BEZ association.
Flowers and wreaths from the Belarusian Embassy, and the Belarusian societies BEZ and Syabry were laid to the memorial to the writer, which was erected in Kivioli in 1998.
Jan Skryhan (1905-1992) was an outstanding Belarusian poet, prose writer, critic, creator of the Belarusian essay as a new literary genre. He was a member of the Slutsk branch of the Maladnyak literary association. He was known for the focus on traditions, a keen sense of language, a love of his native word, and desire to learn not to teach.
He advocated the purity of the national literary language. The writer was awarded the State Prize of Belarus (1976) for his participation in the project to compile the twelve-volume Belarusian Soviet Encyclopedia.