’When we made a similar book within the Program “Pécs – European Capital of Culture 2010“, we hoped that our technology would be creatively rethought also in other settlements, but didn’t believe that this would happen so fast’, said Eszther TÒTH, project’s curator from Hungary, at the press conference after the end of the master class. ‘And suddenly two books appeared in 2011 at once – the first one in Kudymkar and another one in the Romanian town of Sfantu Gheorghe. I would like to underline explicitly that these are not editions, identical with the original project, but versions, adapted for history, geographical situation, and life in the specific town’.
In the process of the creation of the book “My Kudymkar”, many things were carried out for the first time: For instance, there were no projects of that kind realized in the Perm Region before, and in Russia in general either, while this used to be the first author’s work from A to Z in the sphere of children’s literature for the composer of the book – the journalist Elena ISTOMINA.
’The book has 106 pages and turned out to be interactive, with a rich graphic materials, wide opportunities for an independent work – in one word, it needs a creative approach’, pointed out Elena ISTOMINA. ’For an effective use of this book, the understanding of implemented methodical preferences is vital; that’s why the carrying-out of the master class is not a coincidence, The final version consists of 5 chapters, devoted to history and famous residents of the capital of the Permian Komi District, its sights and architecture, resort and entertainment places, public space as well as industrial objects and transportation infrastructure. At the end of the manual, the information on cultural institutions, sport sections, children’s and youth centres is attached; a notebook for remarks is also included’.
The book appeared not only thanks to the creative team, which was formed – apart from mentioned authors – by the famous designer and artist Natalia MAKARIKHINA, who was born in Kudymkar, Kristina LAZAREVA from Perm, and editor Lyudmila RATEGOVA, but also thanks to a full strength of helperrs – Elena Dunina, Director of the Permian Komi Subbotin-Permyak District Local History Museum. Larisa Karavaeva, Museum’s employee, Tamara Shilova, former editor of the radio station “Vesti-Kudymkar“, the priest Konstantin from the Saint Nicholas’s Church, Svetlana Kolchurina, Executive Director of the Program “Kudymkar. Culture Reloaded“, Zoya Lukyanova, Program Director of “Culture Reloaded“, and many others.
In the evening the welcome party on occasion of the book’s presentation, which was attended by all the people, who are connected with the publication in this or that way, was held at the multicultural space “Ethnosquat“, everybody of whom - just like master class participants and journalists – received a valuable copy from the author Elena ISTOMINA. The Head of the Town of Kudymkar Anatoly Golubkov came to the event, too.
It is believed that the book will be translated into Permian Komi in the nearest future. Besides, Perm also showed its interest in the positive experience of Kudymkar and is thinking of printing a similar manual about the capital of the Kama Region for children from different age groups.