Charity evening with Boris Akunin
The 6th SLOVO Russian Literature Festival is a major annual event dedicated to Russian culture in the UK that will take place from 11th to 19th of April at Waterstones Piccadilly, London. Words in action! – is SLOVO’s slogan. The organisers believe that words have power to change the world. Just as in previous years, Russian and British authors will join their forces together for culture and humanity.
This year SLOVO Festival is a campaign in aid of philanthropy in Russia.
Charity evening with Boris Akunin is one of the Festival’s events that will be held on the 15th of April at 18.00. Proceeds from the evening will cover the cost of a medical treatment for Ania Burilova, who is under care of Rusfond UK.
| The event in programme of the Festival is called
IN CONVERSATION WITH BORIS AKUNIN –
CHARITY EVENT IN AID OF RUSFOND UK
Venue: Waterstones, 4th Floor, 203-206 Piccadilly, London W1J 9HD.
Tickets: £50 – for the evening with Boris Akunin (including £40 donation to Rusfond UK); or £75 – for the whole evening, including Boris Akunin and Boris Grebenshchikov talks (including £50 donation to Rusfond UK).
Boris Akunin about charity:
Who is in greater need of charity – a donor or a donee?
– Certainly they do both need it. Only those do not feel good about charity, who ignore appeals for help just because they don’t want to waste their time (not money, because large amounts normally consist of small donations). But if their feelings were at least a little bit touched, it’s an achievement. Maybe next time.
Is charity a competition with state social programmes or a helping hand for its implementation?
– In Russia’s conditions, first of all, charity help plug the holes in budget funding that is far from perfect. And as with every bureaucratic machine, its implementation is inhumane and heartless. Unfortunately, our state is still quite adverse and inhumane.
Is charity an instinctive help or a conscious social function?
– It depends. Some superstitious people still try to preserve themselves from bale in such a way, remembering Chekhov: “Every happy man should have some one with a little hammer at his door to knock and remind him that there are unhappy people, and that, however happy he may be, life will sooner or later show its claws, and some misfortune will befall him”. Our motives are not important, but our actions are.
SLOVO Festival Organisers
Academia Rossica is an independent arts organisation set up in 2000 in London to promote cultural and intellectual ties between Russia and Britain. Academia Rossica runs the annual London Russian Film Festival, the SLOVO Russian Literature Festival, two prestigious literary translation awards and other international project representing the best of modern Russian culture. Director – Svetlana Adjoubei, information resources of the Festival – «Russky London». Strategic partner of the Festival – Waterstones Piccadilly.
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