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Poetry in the metro train

   The new «Poetry in the metro» train with Chilean poems began running on Filyovskaya line of Moscow metro on November 17, 2010.

   On the day of the inauguration, Mezhdunarodnaya station looked different: one could hear popular Chilean songs and see girls in national Chilean dresses.
   The opening ceremony was attended by the First Deputy Head of Moscow metro Igor Ermolenko, Ambassador of Chile to the Russian Federation Juan Eduardo Eguiguren, the representatives from a number of Embassies – Bolivia, Mexico, Nicaragua and Panama, as well as students from the Moscow college named after Miguel Hernandez and representatives of Pablo Neruda library in Moscow.

   «Poetry in the metro» is a unique project of Moscow metro aimed at introducing the best international poets to our passengers», said Mr.Ermolenko. He added that such cultural projects have become a good tradition in Moscow metro – the «Reading Moscow» train and «Aquarelle» enjoy immense popularity among passengers.
    This year, Chile celebrates bicentenary of its independence and for that reason the first display features the works of five greatest Chilean poets. The poems were compiled with the help of the Embassy of Chile in Moscow.
   «The poetry of Nobel prize laureates Pablo Neruda and Gabriela Mistral, the followers of avant-garde literary traditions Vicente Huidobro and Gonzalo Rojas, «antipoet» Nicanor Parra will meet positive response of the Moscow metro passengers», Mr.Eguiguren said.

   The speeches over, the Ambassador of Chile cited some of his favourite verses of Pablo Neruda, including those dedicated to Moscow and to Chile.

   After that, participants and guests went to see the train itself. The interior of the train features fragments of poems of Chilean authors, their biographies and photos. All the information is presented both in Russian and Spanish.


   The First Deputy Head of Moscow metro Igor Ermolenko and the Ambassador of Chile Mr. Juan Eduardo Eguiguren gave the order to start the «poetic» train and the train made its first journey. Now it will regularly run on Filyovskaya line of Moscow metro presenting the poetry of different countries to the passengers of Moscow metro. The works of the Chilean poets will be available for about six months, then they will be replaced.

   Special tickets dedicated to the launch of «Poetry in metro» train were sold in all metro ticket offices on the day of inauguration.


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