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Commemorative events dedicated to Anton Chekhov's 164th birthday held in Taganrog

January 30, 2024: the home city of Anton Chekhov paid tribute to its great townsman. Traditionally January 29 is celebrated by a program of commemorative events organized by Taganrog Arts & Culture Council and Taganrog Group of Museums.

In the morning citizens and guests of the city gathered in front of Chekhov Monument on Taganrog's Red Square: City Council President and City Executive Inna Titarenko, City Manager Andrey Fateyev, deputy of Rostov Oblast Legislative Assembly Tatyana Mikheyeva, head of cultural and educational division of Taganrog Group of Museums Angelina Matkovskaya, City Council's deputies, students, representatives of NGOs, and museum employees.

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City Council President and City Executive Inna Titarenko mentioned a remark of Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko on Chekhov's honesty and work ethics regarding his literary, medical and social activity. She encouraged the public in following suit.

"We must remember that sincerity and integrity are still the key to success in big and important matters, such as the popularity of new theater productions and new historical books, effectiveness of urban upgrading - from site renovations to new housing development - and much more. So let us be worthy of the memory of our great fellow townsman!" said Inna Titarenko.

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After this rally a theatrical performance was held at Taganrog Chekhov Drama Theater.

A wide number of the city's museums, libraries and other cultural institutions arranged different events dedicated to Chekhov and his literary heritage. In particular, a book exhibition entitled "The Cherry Orchard of Anton Chekhov" was held at Taganrog Chekhov Public Library. Some activities are still ongoing: "Chekhov through the Eyes of Children" art exhibition will be available at the Chess Pavilion in Taganrog's Gorky Park until February 9.

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This year's festivities are all the more remarkable given that a representative of the South Korean non-profit organization "Anton Chekhov Academic Community" Marina Pyreva arrived in Taganrog in order to prepare a video report on the local commemorative events. On the same day, January 29, a new monument to Anton Chekhov was unveiled to the public in the city of Seoul, the Republic of Korea (South Korea).